“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John (Larry Loeb Cover)

“Tiny Dancer” brings back great memories for me of the 1972 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships, at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia.  My University of Pennsylvania tennis team teammates and I played the song over and over on the dorm jukebox before all of our matches.  It must have helped, because our team finished as the #10 in the country that year!!

“Tiny Dancer” was originally released on John’s 1971 album, “Madman Across the Water”, and was later released as a single in 1972.  The song’s lyrics were inspired by Taupin’s first visit to the U.S. in 1970, and were intended to capture the spirit of California, where he found the women he met very different from those he had known in his home country of England. It is also about Maxine Feibelman, Taupin’s wife at the time. Feibelman said, “I knew [the song] was about me. I had been into ballet as a little girl and sewed patches on Elton’s jackets and jeans”, referring to the song’s description of a “seamstress for the band”.

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