Where is 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' singer Kiki Dee now?

13 May 2019, 17:22

Elton and Kiki Dee
Elton and Kiki Dee. Picture: YouTube/Elton John

By Tom Eames

Kiki Dee helped Sir Elton John score his first UK number one single with the classic duet 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' in 1976.

But how did the duet come about and what has she been up to since?

Here's all the info you need to know about the singer, ahead of her appearing as a character in the upcoming movie Rocketman.

  1. Who is Kiki Dee?

    Kiki Dee in 1975
    Kiki Dee in 1975. Picture: Getty

    Born Pauline Matthews, Kiki Dee is an English singer, who was the first female singer from the UK to sign with Motown's Tamla Records.

    She is best known for her 1974 hit 'I've Got the Music in Me' and 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' with Elton John, which topped the UK and US charts.

    She has released 40 singles in total, and 12 albums.

  2. How did she join Elton on 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart'?

    The famous song was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under their pseudonyms 'Ann Orson' and 'Carte Blanche', and was intended as an fun pastiche of the Motown style.

    John and Taupin originally wanted to record the song with Dusty Springfield, but she was unable and dropped out. Her partner Sue Cameron later revealed this was because she was too ill.

    The pair later reunited for a cover of the Cole Porter song 'True Love', which reached number two in the UK in 1993.

  3. Where is Kiki Dee now?

    Kiki Dee in May 2019
    Kiki Dee in May 2019. Picture: Getty

    Kiki Dee still records music, with her most recent album being 2013's A Place Where I Can Go.

    She currently performs alongside guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, including a series of sell-out shows in 2018.

    She has also performed in various stage plays and musicals, including a leading role in Blood Brothers, earning an Olivier Award nomination.

    In her late 30s, she was diagnosed with cancer of the womb following a routine smear test.

  4. Who plays Kiki Dee in Rocketman?

    Rachel Muldoon
    Rachel Muldoon. Picture: Getty

    Kiki Dee will appear as a character in the Elton John movie Rocketman, which follows the singer at the beginning stages of his career.

    She will be played by theatre actress Rachel Muldoon, who has previously had background roles in Mamma Mia 2 and Mary Poppins Returns.