Why Elton takes 2½ minutes to get to the chorus


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Tiny Dancer is not only regarded as one of Elton John’s finest songs, it is also noteworthy for holding off its chorus until two and half minutes in! The ‘golden rule’ of song structuring is to get to the chorus as quickly as possible, ideally in the first minute, so how has Elton managed to craft such a legendary song whilst also disregarding this typical, formulaic approach to arrangement.

Elton Record Sales USA: https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=ELTON+JOHN
Tiny Dancer’s initial release: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/readers-poll-the-best-elton-john-songs-of-all-time-18029/1-tiny-dancer-20501/
Elton interview 2019: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/12/this-is-a-very-good-question-bob-dylan-elton-john-interviewed-by-famous-fans
Elton explaining Tiny Dancer (1971): https://youtu.be/VDY2w-8S2Ng?t=577
“Tiny Dancer” live at the BBC (1971): https://youtu.be/9b3TIGug_G8
Chart Positions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton_John_singles_discography

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