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TODAY goes retro, creating epic 'Bennie and the Jets' music video

When Elton John sends out the call, the TODAY team is there to answer it!

So what did the classic pop star/piano player/outrageous fashion plate want? Turns out he paired up with YouTube to create a contest in which winners would be able to create official videos for three of his most iconic songs, none of which have a video: "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer" and "Bennie and the Jets"!

The whole thing is meant to honor the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest pop songwriting duos ever: Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

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Thoroughly inspired, the anchors leapt into action, pulled out their greatest retro outfits (all of those songs were originally released in the 1970s) and — despite not having either electric boots or a mohair suit — made their own "Bennie and the Jets" video for the 1973 hit!

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Go behind the scenes of TODAY's 'Bennie and the Jets' music video

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Go behind the scenes of TODAY's 'Bennie and the Jets' music video

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And boy do they know how to shake it loose together (as the lyrics of the song go)!

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Bennie and the Jets, at your service: Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Al Roker, Carson Daly and Tamron Hall -- plus "Elton John" (aka Neal Carter)!

The "band" assembled in New York City's Cutting Room, which was transformed into the backstage of an Elton John concert and even roped in an Elton body double in supervising producer Neal Carter!

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The real rocket man, Elton John (circa 1973) and Neal Carter's amazing take on TODAY!
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Sweet baby James Taylor? Nah, that's Matt Lauer, getting '70s soulful.

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Serious look, serious hair for Al Roker.
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Tamron Hall tickles the ivories.

Now, if this looks a little more impressive than you think you can muster, don't worry: TODAY is not really entered in the contest. But if you think you've got a weird and wonderful idea for an Elton video, check out all the details!

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