Shania Twain Reflects on Childhood Memories and Artist That Always Gave Her ‘Extra Energy’ Growing Up

by Suzanne Halliburton

It was so, so cold in the Canadian town where Shania Twain grew up. Like, way below zero cold.

And as a 10-year-old, Twain said she’d walk through the cold for 45 minutes until she arrived at the town’s skating rink. All the top songs would blast over the loudspeakers. But there was one singer who got her moving.

Elton John.

“And I would just get this extra energy when Elton John came on over the speakers,” the country superstar said on her latest “Shania Twain Home Now” radio show on Apple Music.

“I think “Bennie and the Jets” probably was the one that really got me pumping.”

That’s the Elton John song released in 1974. It was off the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album. Twain might’ve heard the song more than most, given where she grew up in Canada. John thought the song wouldn’t do well. But a radio station in Windsor, Ontario gave the song heavy airplay. Soon, Bennie and the Jets grew popular in the Detroit market. Soon, other markets in the United States and Canada added the song to its playlists. And a hit was born.

Twain remains a big fan.

Shania Twain Remembers When Elton John Joined Her On Her TV Special

On her radio show, Twain talked of the time when John was a guest on one of her TV specials. The two sang Twain’s hit “You’re Still the One.”

Then Twain, with John playing the piano, sang “Amneris Letter” from the “Aida” soundtrack.

 “It was just a simple, beautiful, memorable moment for me,” Twain said. 

She added: “Elton, I Iove you, you’re wonderful. You’re a major musical influence in my life. I think I know the words to every Elton John song.”

Then she played the Elton John song she could sing in her sleep.

That’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Yes, we love that song, too.

But here’s Twain singing from the Elton John song book.