Party Hearty Elton John Lights 40 Candles in the Wind for His Manager's Birthday
updated 09/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
A buffet dinner was served in the backyard garden, where the Scottish games continued with a brace of bagpipers presenting the blindfolded Reid with an oversize cake topped with a living mannequin dressed to the hilt in a kilt. While Reid contemplated the candles in the wind, Elton said, "This man is 40 years old and he's been my manager for 19 years," and broke into an a cappella version of "Happy Birthday to You."
Elton's voice was in fine fettle thanks to the yearlong five-continent tour that he interrupted to fete his friend. After singing Reid's praises in an uncharacteristically restrained manner, Elton cranked up the volume and pop stars, Hollywood denizens and British imports alike took to the dance floor to boogie to Top 40 tunes. And as the evening drew to a close, almost everybody was ready to start "Sleeping with the Past"—or at least, the nostalgic present.