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Elton and the Band circa 1974 doing "The Bitch is Back"

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The Bitch Is Back on Wikipedia
"The Bitch Is Back"
Single by Elton John
from the album Caribou
B-side"Cold Highway"
ReleasedSeptember 3, 1974 (1974-09-03)
RecordedCaribou Ranch
GenreRock, hard rock, glam rock
LabelMCA, DJM, Rocket/Phonogram
Writer(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology

"The Bitch Is Back" is a rock song by Elton John, written with Bernie Taupin. It was the second single released from his 1974 album Caribou, and reached number 1 in Canada (his sixth in that country),[1] number 4 in the United States and number 15 in the United Kingdom.[citation needed] The song has been identified as is one of Elton John's best hard rock cuts. In the U.S. it was certified Gold on 9/13/1995 by the R.I.A.A.[2]

The song was twice recorded by Tina Turner: once for her Rough album in 1978, and again for the John/Taupin tribute album Two Rooms in 1991. Turner also performed the song in her live show in the late 1970s, and with Elton John at the VH1 Fashion and Music Awards 1995 and VH1 Divas Live '99.

The song was inspired not by John or Taupin directly, but rather by Bernie Taupin's wife of the time. When discussing the Caribou album, Elton John threw one of his legendary tantrums. This led to Taupin's wife to claim "the bitch is back". Taupin then wrote the lyric. Musically, the song originally was written in A flat major, but is today performed live a half step lower in the key of G major. The saxophone solo in the middle is nowadays usually performed by synthesizers, while a guitar solo occasionally substitutes, as can be seen in the concert videos One Night Only and Live in Australia, respectively.

This song was banned on several radio stations, in the United States and elsewhere, due to the use of the word "bitch".

Producer Gus Dudgeon added a live version of it, recorded on Thanksgiving night 1974 at Madison Square Garden, at the close of the There disc on the reissued two-CD version of Here and There. It is a concert staple for John, who loves to play the song live to this day.[citation needed] A mixed media presentation of it, with a video cameo from Pamela Anderson, was created for part of John's very successful Red Piano show in Las Vegas.

Dusty Springfield is one of the backing vocalists on the studio version of the song.

See also

  • List of RPM number-one singles of 1974


  1. ^ "RPM Top Singles". RPM 22 (11): 9. 2 November 1074. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AMG Review: Caribou - Elton John". All Music Guide. Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 

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