27 Sep 2008
The Story Behind "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend"
On 3th April 2000, Elton was feted by Broadway stars at the New Amsterdam Theatre in a concert to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on what was titled "This Is Your Song: Broadway Sings Elton John". Theatre luminaires as Betty Buckley, Andrea McArdle, Sandra Bernhard, Adam Pascal & Heather Headley or Deborah Gibson, sang some of Elton's hits even less-than-obvious selections like "Country Comfort" or "The Last Song".
Elton's band rehearsed for four days prior the concert with the various artists "the performers were singin' Elton's songs in either different keys or varying arrengements. We really were relearning them to some extent. It kept us on our toes and made for a fun show from our standpoint" explained guitarrist John Jorgensson, then on the band. Nigel Olsson was back on drums after long time.
Elton hit the stage bathed in glittery diamonds on his ears, wrists, feet and atop his head. Flanked by a group of bare-chested Chippendale's dancers, Elton gave Marylin Monroe a run for her money with his sassy version of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend", with the approval of the crowd.
Sources from AllSongsList archive and EEL #39