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Kiki Dee Reflects on Her Friendship With Sir Elton

Written by Chief Editor.

She is best-known for lending her vocal talents to one of pop history’s most famous duets.


Now Kiki Dee, who is coming to Bromley Cross next month, is celebrating 50 years in the business and is still more than happy to be linked with Sir Elton. 

The Don't Go Breaking My Heart singer told the Bolton News: “I love it because, the thing is, there’s a lot of talented people out there that don’t get an opportunity.

“Having a name like Elton as part of your identity helps in a way.

“People never quite forget you. I use it in a positive way rather than a negative way.

“We’re like these old friends, we don’t see each other a lot.

“The last time I saw him, he was showing me his boys on his iPad. He’s very happy.

“We always send birthday cards.”

She will sing a slowed version of the 1976 hit when she appears at the 200-capacity Railway Venue, Chapeltown Road, with Carmelo Luggeri for their acoustic set on Friday, November 15.

Speaking of the collaboration with Carmelo, which brings together their eclectic backgrounds from the worlds of soul, pop and rock, she said: “We’ve been working together for 19 years now although the wider world don’t know about us.
“This is the fourth album we’ve released.

“We’ve done quite a bit of publicity. Things might widen a little bit for us but we’re quite happy to carry on if they don’t.

“I’m too old to be chasing chart records, I’m not interested.

“I suppose the most we are playing to is 300 to 400. But anything from 120 up.”

She was just 16 when she got signed to Fontana Records.

Record label bosses wanted to call her Kinky Dee.

The 66-year-old says:

“It was so exciting in London in the ‘60s. Everything was kinky boots and kooky.

“But I said, I want to still be singing in 10 years time. You can call me 'Kiki Dee' but not 'Kinky.'

“I come from a down-to-earth Yorkshire background, you have to keep your feet on the ground.

“My family were very proud.

“It was 10 years before I had a hit record from starting to record. It was nice for them to see me do well.”

Looking back over the highlights of the past 50 years, she said at least a couple include Elton. One was getting a hit record with Amoureuse that he produced.

The other was singing at Live Aid in 1985 with the rock legend.