“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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“You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King/James Taylor (Larry Loeb Cover)

You’ve Got a Friend” was written by Carole King, one of the greatest and most prolific singer, songwriter, and musicians of all time.  It was first recorded by King and included on her second studio album, Tapestry, in 1971.. Another well-known version is by James Taylor from his album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.  His was released as a single in 1971, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The two versions were recorded simultaneously in 1971 with shared musicians.

“You’ve Got a Friend” won Grammy Awards both for Taylor (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and King (Song of the Year).

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“The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel (Larry Loeb & Paul Loeb Cover)

“The Boxer” is one of Simon and Garfunkel’s most famous songs. It was a huge hit for them, and is included on their 1970 Grammy Award winning album, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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“When I’m Sixty Four” by The Beatles (Larry Loeb & Paul Loeb Cover)

From the Beatles 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, this song is the perfect combination of guitar and clarinet. My son, Paul Loeb, is my guest clarinetist.

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