Tiny Dancer - Elton John
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"Tiny Dancer" - Elton John (1971)
Released as a single in 1971, Elton John's "Tiny Dancer"appears on his fourth album, Madman Across the Water.
Written by Bernie Taupin to capture the spirit of California in 1970 encapsulated by the many beautiful women he met. A common misconception concerning is that it was written for Maxine Feibelman, Bernie Taupin's first wife. Rather, it was simply dedicated to her on the album.
"Tiny Dancer" was initially a non-starter as a single in the US hit only #41 on the charts. It was not even released in the UK. Eventually, the track slowly became one of John's most popular songs even in the territories that initially failed to embrace it, and the full-length version is now a fixture on North American, UK and Australian adult contemporary and rock radio stations.
The song features a piano-based melody during verses and an arrangement that at the start features pedal steel guitar and light percussion but, transitioning subtly halfway through one of the choruses. The end is driven by Paul Buckmaster's dynamic strings along with a barely heard backing choir. It's been said that Buckmaster's string arrangement can "make an orchestra talk."
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