Bennie and the Jets

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About Bennie and the Jets

"Bennie and the Jets" (also titled "Benny & the Jets") is a song composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The song first appeared on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album in 1973. "Bennie and the Jets" has been one of John's most popular songs and was performed during his appearance at Live Aid. The track was a massive hit in America and Canada, released in 1974 as an A-side and spelled 'Bennie'. In most territories the track was released as the B-side to "Candle in the Wind", but spelled 'Benny'. Album artwork (back-cover track listing and centre-panel design) consistently lists the song as 'Bennie' while both 'Bennie' and 'Benny' appear on the actual vinyl album depending on territory. The track was released as an A-side in the UK in 1976, as "Benny and the Jets". 


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She's got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine, oh
B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

Hey kids, shake it loose together
The spotlight's hitting something that's been known to change the weather
We'll kill the fatted calf tonight
So stick around
You're gonna hear electric music solid walls of sound

Say, Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
Uh but they're so spaced out, B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Bennie she's really keen
She's got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine oh
B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

Let me get it now, Momma I made it
True story, I have upgraded
Everybody back then used to hate it
Now they all appreciate it
I might sound out of my mind, matter of fact out of line
But I been runnin' and gunnin', been fightin' for somethin' and in due time
I'm finna take it to the line, I'm in the beginning of the prime
Tony Montana the world's mine
Yeah, it's finally 'bout time
Went from Section 8 to better times
Serving food to writin' rhymes
For Elton John, the greatest of all-time

Hey kids, plug into the faithless
Maybe they're blinded
But Bennie makes them ageless
We shall survive, let us take ourselves along
Where we fight our parents out in the streets
To find who's right and who's wrong

Say, Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet?
Oh, but they're so spaced out
B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Bennie, she's really keen

She's got electric boots
A mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine oh yeah
B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets
Bennie, Bennie, Bennie, and the Jets, yeah, oh

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Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. more »

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Written by: Bernie Taupin, Elton John

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12 facts about this song

Album Release
"Bennie and the Jets" is a song by Elton John from the album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". This album, released in 1973, is considered one of Elton John's best works.
Chart Topping
The song was a number-one hit on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.
Lyrics Composition
The lyrics to "Bennie and the Jets" were written by Bernie Taupin, a long-time collaborator with Elton John.
Despite common misconceptions, "Bennie and the Jets" is not about a real band but is instead a satirical piece about how music is marketed and consumed.
Unintended Audience Success
Even though it was never intended to be a single, the song became wildly popular especially among the African American audience when a Detroit DJ began playing it and it became a hit in the clubs.
Unusual Clapping
An unusual effect on the song is the "hand-clapping" sound. This was created by tape loops running through a clapping audience's rhythm, doubled by various percussive instruments.
Grammy Performance
Elton John performed a duet of "Bennie and the Jets" with the contemporary rapper and singer, Miley Cyrus, at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
In Popular Culture
The song has been covered and referenced in popular culture numerous times, including in films like "27 Dresses" and "Rocketman", as well as in TV shows like "Family Guy" and "American Dad".
Unique Sound
The electric piano sound on the song is an amplified acoustic piano which gives it a unique, almost other-worldly, tone.
Live Audience Ambiance
The song is notable as it was studio-recorded but included sounds of an audience to create the feeling of a live recording.
"Bennie and the Jets" was supposedly inspired by a fictional band that Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin made up.
Influence on Artists
Many artists, including rapper Kanye West, have sampled or interpolated "Bennie and the Jets" in their own music.

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