May 6, 2017| « back

Happy Birthday to Davey Johnstone and Kim Bullard!

Elton in the studio

Davey (far left) and Kim (right), with Elton and producer T Bone Burnett during the making of Wonderful Crazy Night. (photo: Joseph Guay) wishes a very Happy Birthday to two of Elton’s band members: guitarist/Music Director Davey Johnstone and keyboardist Kim Bullard.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Elton’s songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin and we would like to celebrate by honouring Davey and Kim’s history with their catalogue.

  • Davey has played guitar and/or sung background vocals on 250 Elton and Bernie songs – by far the most of any musician who has recorded with Elton.
  • He first played on four songs on Elton’s 1971 album, Madman Across The Water…starting with Tiny Dancer and Holiday Inn, both recorded on August 9, 1971.
  • Davey has co-written 14 songs with Elton and Bernie, including the singles Grow Some Funk Of Your Own, I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues and Wrap Her Up.
  • As of today, Davey has performed on stage with Elton over 2800 times – again, way more than any other musician.
  • Davey’s first Elton concert was on February 5, 1972 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

  • Kim, who joined the band in 2009, has performed on 14 John/Taupin compositions so far.
  • All of these can be found on the super-deluxe box set of Elton’s latest studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night (2016).
  • Amongst his extensive keyboard work throughout the album, Kim used accordion and dulcimer samples on Children’s Song and Free And Easy, respectively.
  • Kim has performed 684 Elton concerts with Elton to date since his first on October 7, 2009 in Moscow, Russia.

You can learn more about Davey, Kim, and all current and former Elton band members in the Band Archives section of