Maxine Taupin remembers the first time she heard Tiny Dancer. But, then again, the moment would be impossible for her to forget.
“I knew it was about me,” she told the New York Post. “I had been into ballet as a little girl and sewed patches on Elton’s jackets and jeans” — both references in the song.
“I had goosebumps,” she recalled of that first listen, at London’s Trident Studios in 1971.
“Elton was on one side of me and Bernie was on the other. That song was like having your really good friends give you the best gift you could ever receive.”
As previously revealed, the 67-year-old is selling a number of her ex-husband’s original lyric sheets. They go under the hammer today at Bonham’s in Los Angeles.
The manuscripts have been in her possession since the couple’s split 43 years ago.
Among the numbers are Candle in The Wind, Bennie and the Jets, and Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting).
But there are other lots as well. They include the press kit for Elton’s first U.S. tour; a couple of gifts the piano player gave Maxine; and a love letter from Bernie to Maxine.