About Kiki Dee
British blue-eyed soul singer Kiki Dee is best remembered for 1976’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the chart-topping duet she recorded with Elton John.
• Born Pauline Matthews in Bradford, England, Dee got her start at age 16, when she signed with Fontana Records after a label scout spotted her performing with a dance band in Leeds.
• In 1968, Dee released her debut album, I'm Kiki Dee, after working as a backup singer for artists like Dusty Springfield.
• The singer made history in 1970 by becoming the first white British artist signed to Motown’s Tamla Records. She released the album Great Expectations in 1970.
• In 1973, Dee released Loving and Free, her first album with Elton John’s The Rocket Record Company label.
• Dee achieved her biggest success with 1976’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” a hit duet with Elton John that was the first No. 1 single in the UK for both artists. It also reached No. 1 in the US.
• In 1981, Dee and John reunited for a cover of the Four Tops’ song “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever.”
• Dee earned an Olivier Award nomination in 1989 for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers.
• She appeared on John’s 1993 Duets album, joining Elton for a cover of Cole Porter’s “True Love” (most notably performed by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly). The single reached No. 2 in the UK, giving Dee her ninth Top 40 hit in her home country.
• In 2013, Dee released A Place Where I Can Go, her third joint album with producer, guitarist, and longtime collaborator Carmelo Luggeri.
• Dee was portrayed by actress Rachel Muldoon in the Golden Globe-winning 2019 Elton John biopic Rocketman.
HOMETOWNBradford, Yorkshire, England
BORNMarch 6, 1947