Elton John’s Tiny Dancer: what is the story behind the song

Sir Elton John is one of pop music’s greats and has written written hits from “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” (1983), “I’m Still Standing”, to “Rocketman”.

There’s an old snatch of video footage from 1970 that is as close to real-time alchemy as you’re ever likely to see. Sat at a white piano, an early-twenties Elton John pulls out a crumpled sheet of paper that looks like a schoolboy’s dashed-off homework and flattens it against the music stand.

The singer had seen Bernie Taupin’s Tiny Dancer lyrics for the first time just days earlier, and when he recites the first verse without accompaniment – ‘Blue jean baby/LA lady/seamstress for the band/pretty-eyed/pirate smile/you’ll marry a music man’ – it seems flat and prosaic.

Author Profile

Stevie Flavio
Film Writer

Email https://markmeets.com/contact-form/

Leave a Reply