Elton John

Daniel

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A lot of misperceptions surrounded the Elton John hit "Daniel." Many thought that the song was biographical, that it referred to co-writer/lyricist Bernie Taupin's brother. Taupin has said that the song deals with a totally fictional character. The original lyric for the song was much longer, detailing "Daniel"'s past as a war veteran. The deletion only added to the song's mythology. Co-written by John and Taupin and produced by Gus Dudgeon, the million-selling "Daniel" went to number two pop and number one adult contemporary for two weeks in the spring of 1973. It earned the singer a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The track was included on John's LP Don't Shoot Me I'm the Piano Player, which went platinum, staying at number one pop for two weeks, and included the number one pop single "Crocodile Rock." "Daniel" was covered on the 1991 album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin by Wilson Phillips.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player 1973 Rocket 3:53
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973 Def Jam / Island / Rocket Group Pty LTD / Universal 0:00
Greatest Hits 1974 Rocket Group Pty LTD / Island / Def Jam / Motown / Polydor / Universal / Universal Music 3:53
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1980 K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1983 DJM Records 0:00
No Image 1984 Premier
The Very Best of Elton John [Polygram] 1990 Polygram / PolyGram 3:50
To Be Continued... 1990 MCA 3:53
No Image 1991 Image Entertainment
No Image 1991 Live / Artisan
Our Songs: Singers & Songwriters Encore 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:54
No Image 1992
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:50
No Image 1995 Rocket Group Pty LTD 3:55
Love Songs 1996 Island / Def Jam / Universal / Universal Music 3:55
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '70s 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:54
Singers & Songwriters: 1972-1973 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:53
The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 2002 Island / Universal 3:52
The Very Best of Singers and Songwriters 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:52
Legends: Crank It Up 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:54
Nostalgie 20 Ans La Légende: Légendes Internationales 2003
Various Artists
ULM TV
Dream Ticket 2004 WAB
Acoustic Rock [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:55
First of May 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:54
40 Legendarische Hits Uit: 40 Jaar Top 40 [DVD] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits 2007 UMVD / Universal Distribution 3:53
Rocket Man: Number Ones 2007 Island / Mercury 3:55
Gold: Soft Rock 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:54
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:54
Just Like Belgium: The Definitive Hits 2008 Mercury / Universal Distribution 3:53
Romancing the 70s: My Love 2008
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:53
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:53
Best of the Best [Universal] 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music Group 3:58
5 Classic Albums (1970-1973) 2012 Island / Mercury 3:54
Diamonds 2017 Island / Mercury / Universal 3:55
Easy Listening Classics: Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:53
No Image Rock
Yesterdays
Various Artists
Universal 3:50