Elton John and Alice Cooper have reunited at songwriter Bernie Taupin’s 71st birthday and recreated their iconic photo from exactly fifty years ago.

They were also joined by Will & Grace actor Eric McCormack, who took the place of late comedian Paul Lynde who was at Taupin’s 21st birthday in 1971, to recreate the memorable snap.

Lynde passed away in 1982.

McCormack posted the photo to Instagram account and captioned it with, “Bernie Taupin’s 21st Birthday and, last night, his 71st. Fifty years later and I got to be Paul Lynde! Fifteen-year-old me would be losing his mind!”


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Since the 1960s, John and Taupin co-wrote several classics like ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘Rocket Man’. Their partnership began while they were both struggling in the music industry. At the time, they were often broke.


“If we’ve weathered the storm now for over 50 years and have been able to maintain this extraordinary bond with each other,” Taupin told Time in 2019, “I don’t think there’s anything on god’s green earth that could separate us now.”

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