The original version of this song was recorded in 1977 at Philadelphia Studios. It was produced by Thom Bell who also co-wrote it along with session guitarists Leroy Bell and Casey James. The Detroit Spinners recorded backing vocals and two versions of the song were cut. One had all of the Spinners, the other with only lead singer Phillipe Wynne on backing vocals. Elton John wasn't happy with the mixes and sat on the tapes for a year before asking for them to be re-mixed to give them an easier on the ear sound. Finally in 1979 the Phillipe Wynne version was released as a single but it only made it to # 42 in the UK.
In 2003 Ashley Beedle from Xpress-2 re-mixed the track and after becoming a fixture in the Balearic nightclubs it was used by Sky Sports for an advertisement for their soccer coverage and DJ Fatboy Slim issued it as a single on his Southern Fried record label. It went straight to #1 in the UK and on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. This version is an abridged (3 min 31 seconds) version of the original, which had a duration of 7:45.
This song always been popular in the clubs, often played by the DJs as the last song of the night.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above