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Monday Classic: Elton John – Tiny Dancer


It’s time for another Monday Classic on Running Wolf’s Rant. Today’s tune, “Tiny Dancer” comes to you from amazing singer-songwriter and producer Elton John. This song was written by Bernie Taupin and released as a single in 1972. The song appeared on Elton John’s fourth album, Madman across the water.  

Bernie Taupin wrote the song to capture the spirit of California in 1970 encapsulated by all the beautiful women he met. A common misconception concerning this song is that it was written for Maxine Feibelman (Taupin’s first wife). The song was however dedicated to her on the album.  “Tiny Dancer” was not released in the UK a a single, but the song reached number 41 in the US, number 19 in Canada and number 13 in Australia.

Most of you probably know this song from the 2000 movie, Almost Famous, but did you know that it has also been covered by Lani Hall, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Grohl, Ben Folds, Tim McGraw,  DJ Marco DeMark and Casey Barnes,  DJ Ironik  and Chipmunk, Corey Taylor, Mary Black, Paddy Casey & Declan O’Rourke and Caroline Glaser (on the Voice) ? – well, now you do. “Tiny Dancer’ was also listed at number 397 in the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 best songs of all time.

This song is definitely one of my favorite Elton John songs of all time. I prefer his older stuff over the stuff he released in the 1980’s and 1990’s. If you are not familiar with this tune, just have a listen below – I’m pretty sure that you’ll be converted into an Elton John fan.

So, what do you think of “Tiny Dancer” ? Do you give this tune a thumbs up or a thumbs down? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If you’ve enjoyed this edition of Monday Classic, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.

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