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11 November 2021, 18:01
During his recent appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Elton revealed he made a major boo-boo on his birthday.
So Stevie's voice may filter into parties across the globe each day, but imagine being serenaded by the legend himself? What an honour that'd be, surely.
Well, Sir Elton John didn't seem to be phased about receiving such a gift, accidentally snubbing a birthday sing-song from his long-time friend and recent collaborator.
Talking about the rejection to Jimmy Fallon, Elton admits: "It's not one of my brightest and wonderful moments!"
"I was on the 'Starship' - which was jet we were renting - and I'd just done a show. It was my birthday, and I wasn't happy with the show so sat at the front of the jet on my own."
After sulking on his own despite it being a day of celebration, and several efforts to get him to coax him out of his slump, Elton eventually joined the celebrations. And he's glad he did.
"My publicist burst into tears and said 'you have to come up here, Stevie Wonder wants to sing Happy Birthday to you!' Of course the plane had an organ on it!"
"I felt such a horror. I felt so bad. So I went up there, and he sang Happy Birthday to me. It's an incident I'll never forget, and one I'm not very proud of!"
Later in life when his 70th birthday came around, he made sure not to make the same mistake twice.
Now it just sounds like he's bragging!
Elton appeared on the show via video-link from his London home to promote his recent chart-topping album The Lockdown Sessions, as he continues his recovery from hip surgery.
Despite their many years of friendship, it marked the first time that the music legends had duetted together.
"No, we've never done a duet. And we've known each other for so long!" he responded to Fallon.
"It was a dream come true for me: not only do a love him as a musician and worship him as a songwriter, but he's one of my favourite people in the whole wide world."
Being such good friends for the best part of half a century, there have no doubt been times where both Elton and Stevie have been in the studio together.
They did for instance work together in 1985, recording a cover of Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager's song 'That's What Friends Are For' with Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick as a charity single for AIDS research.
They even won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year, whilst raising $3 million for the cause.
Still, we're extremely happy that their recent duet 'Finish Line' has come to fruition.