Sacrifice – Elton John

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on June 24th of 1990 Elton John occupies the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart with “Sacrifice”.¬†This was released as a single in 1989, but stalled at #55 in the UK. Six months later it was revived in the UK by DJ Steve Wright, who began replaying it on his BBC Radio One afternoon show. He reported the great listener reaction to Rocket Records, whic reissued it as a double A-side along with his previous release “Healing Hands,” which had also flopped in the UK. By mid-summer 1990, the single went to #1 in the UK.This song is about how important it is to be faithful in a relationship. Elton’s lyricist Bernie Taupin explained in Music Connection magazine before the song was released: “It’s a simple lyric, but it’s an intelligent adult lyric. It’s basically about the rigors of adult love, and it’s a million miles away from ‘Your Song.’ Elton came up with a brilliant melody, and his performance on it gives it a lot of integrity and meaning. It’s not a surface song, and I think you’ll probably see that one in the coming months becoming a big, big hit.”¬†“Sacrifice” is inspired both by the Aretha Franklin song “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and described as a Percy Sledge song by Elton John. The song is beloved by both John and Bernie Taupin and deemed a bookend of sorts to their first hit “Your Song”. Taupin has said he is surprised he wrote it, and said in an interview, “I think ‘Sacrifice’ is one of the best songs we’ve written.” The song is not a typical love song, but rather a song about a breakup of a marriage where the loss of the relationship is “no sacrifice.”This was Elton’s first solo UK #1. Prior to this he had had 53 British hit singles but his only chart topper had been “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” his 1976 duet with Kiki Dee. The song peaked at #18 in the US.