Berliner (captward) Thu 25 Jan 07 02:01
Yeah, sorry I sort of faded out these past couple of days. After missing the annual Berlin Winter Crud, I got this year's strain and all those smart questions I was waiting to ask Gavin are lodged in the cotton between my ears. Beware, though: I may yet get to 'em!
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Thu 19 Apr 07 09:05
One of the great things about the Internet is the opportunity for connecting with people you've lost track of. In post (63) in this topic, I mentioned a woman named Patti Spaziani, and how I'd always thought she was the inspiration for "Tiny Dancer." Last time my husband and I saw Patti (Patty, actually) would have been perhaps 20 years ago. Then we just lost track of each other. But this interview caught the attention of some friend of Patty's, who pointed her to it. That triggered her to send me an email, part of which was info on what she's been doing with her life over the past 20 years, the other was her more thorough (and quite wonderful) explanation of her role (or non-role, as it turns out) in the creation of "Tiny Dancer" With Patty's permission, here's what she says: ********************** What a riot to read this. In the true spirit of the truth being so much stranger than fiction, here is the real story on the Tiny Dancer "Muse" and how it relates to me. Way back in that magical world of the Sixties, there was a certain well known musician/songwriter (who shall remain nameless as we are still in touch and he would die of embarrassment if his buddies knew what a sap he was) who was lusting after me (oh God! remember those days?) while I was more into focusing my attention on Jim Morrison, Sam Andrew (from Big Brother & the Holding Company) and some drummer whose name I cannot recall. In an attempt to grab my attention and show what a romantic he was, he told me that he wrote that song for me for my birthday and in a "top secret deal" sold it to Elton and Bernie with the stipulation that they get the publishing credit and no one could know who the true writer was. He even bought me a vintage Morgan Roadster from that car lot next door to Ben Franks on Sunset with part of what he said were the proceeds of the sale. The car was around $3,000 which in those days might as well been $100,000. It was truly impressive and he made his point. (or should I say SCORED his point) Ironically, the only lie that I thought that he may have told was that he did not write it for me but for Jeannie the Tailor, whom I was sure he was also chasing at the time, and the bit about "the headlights on the highway" could have been a reference to her accident, though I am not sure on the timing. However, being that I was also still dancing with a ballet company at that time, the whole thing seemed totally plausible to a naive 16 year old blonde. While working at the Record Plant in the early '70s and learning the ins and outs of publishing rights etc. I became certain that the "ghostwriting" story was fabrication and just didn't think about it for years. I had never actually met Bernie face to face (that I recall) and many years later, while working with Bill Graham, I found myself at the same function and I persuaded a mutual friend to ask him about the so called "deal" that he made years before with Mr. Hot Pants. I believe that the reaction involved a very large guffaw and the spitting out of some beverage through the nose. So there you have it an Urban or Urbane Legend put to rest. ***************************
Sharon Lynne Fisher (slf) Thu 19 Apr 07 09:23
I love the Well.
Scott MacFarlane (s-macfarlane) Thu 19 Apr 07 10:15
Gavin Edwards (lagoon) Thu 19 Apr 07 11:14
That's so great! Thanks for reposting that, Cynthia.
Gail Williams (gail) Thu 19 Apr 07 12:16
Oh, those boys, those boys!
David Gans (tnf) Thu 19 Apr 07 20:27
Great story! Did she work at Winterland? Maybe on the catering crew? Reading her name instantly conjured up a face in my memory. Blonde?
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Fri 27 Apr 07 11:50
whoops, I question got past me! Yup, she did catering for Bill Graham -- assumedly that would have included Winterland, and she was definitely a blonde back then.
David Gans (tnf) Fri 27 Apr 07 18:26
I remember her.
Yo hablo Greenspaņol (sd) Sat 22 Sep 07 10:53
Reading later in the year but I wanted to make sure that 'when i paint my masterpiece' was added to the list of penis songs above. great fun stuff...
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