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Bernie Taupin's First House

On this very spot Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics to some classic Elton John songs.
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2001

Beck Hill
Tealby, Lincolnshire LN8 3

On This Very Spot Bernie Taupin lived with his wife, Maxine "Tiny Dancer" Fiebelman, after their marriage in 1971. Taupin named the house for the character in Winnie-the-Pooh.

On This Very Spot Taupin wrote the lyrics for classic Elton John albums such as Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player and Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road, which included such hits as "Crocodile Rock," "Daniel," "Candle in the Wind," and "Bennie and the Jets."

On This Very Spot in 1973, Taupin was interviewed for the documentary Elton John and Bernie Taupin say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things. In that interview, Bernie talks about the genesis of the song "Candle in the Wind." In another scene, Bernie and Maxine can be seen walking over a little footbridge across the stream just below the house.

Unfortunately, an L.A. girl like Maxine was not likely to find happiness in a tiny English village, despite Tealby's beauty. The couple soon moved to London, then to Los Angeles, where they divorced in 1976.

Submitted by: William Knightly

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Condition: The house remains unchanged, but the house adjoining it on the left has recently been expanded.

Public Access: This is a private residence and is not open to the public.

Parking: Free public parking is available along the village streets.

Location: Tealby is a small village located a few miles northwest of Market Rasen, which is about 15 miles north-northwest of Lincoln.

Nearest Major Airport: Brimingham or Manchester

Nearest Rail: Market Rasen

Directions: From Lincoln, take the A46 north, then right onto the A631 west through Market Rasen, then left on the B1203, which is little more than a country lane. Tealby is a few miles outside Market Rasen. When you enter Tealby you'll pass the church on your right, then the road will end at a t-junction. Turn right down Beck Hill. The house will be on your left before the ford.

Latitude: 53.400400; Longitude: -0.258900

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