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‘Tiny Dancer’ connects Elton John to Vicksburg



Last weekend during the Academy Awards, Jeff Burnett asked in a Facebook group if there was any truth to the rumor that Elton John spent time in Vicksburg years ago. While John may never have visited the area, he does have a connection.

Bernie Taupin, John’s long-time writing partner, shared the Best Original Song Oscar win last weekend. Taupin’s former wife is Maxine Feibelman Taupin, and Maxine had several family members who lived in Vicksburg.

Maxine’s father, Max Feibelman, left Vicksburg after graduation for the Air Force Academy. Following a distinguished military career, he entered the private sector and traveled the globe as an inventor and government consultant. Among his many influential friends and contemporaries is astronaut John Glenn. Max and his wife Harriet settled in the Los Angeles area and had two daughters, Maxine and Leslie.

Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 1971.

Maxine and Taupin met in California in 1970 and married in England in 1971. Elton John was Taupin’s best man at the wedding. The couple divorced in 1976.

Maxine’s grandmother and two aunts lived at 815 Grove St., and for years, operated Adele’s House of Fashion on Washington Street. Her uncle, Cedric Feibelman, was a well-known local attorney whose true passion was hunting and fishing.

Cedric’s best friend was attorney Bill Ramsey who had a house at Eagle Lake. On numerous occasions during their years together, Bernie Taupin and Maxine would come to visit and stay at Ramsey’s lake house so Taupin could write.

It is known that “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” was just one of the songs written on these trips. Taupin wrote at least six songs dedicated to Maxine during the course of their relationship, the most famous of which is “Tiny Dancer.”

Maxine Taupin (painting by Keith McDowell, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Last year, after the success of John’s autobiography “Me,” and the movie “Rocketman,” Maxine revealed she had numerous hand-written song lyrics that she had kept following the divorce. She sold them at auction in December garnering over $1 million. The most famous of these was “Candle in the Wind,” an ode to Marilyn Monroe that John and Taupin famously altered as a tribute to Princess Diana following her death.

Maxine, now 68, is a film producer and entrepreneur. She lives in California and travels the world.

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Happy 5th birthday, kid!



Photo by David Day

A very lucky little guy was unlucky enough to turn 5 smack dab in the middle of the Covid-19 outbreak. Social distancing means he couldn’t have a party with his friends. So his parents arranged a special surprise for him. A drive-by birthday!

Law enforcement from the State Police, the Sheriff’s Office including Sheriff Pace, the Vicksburg Police Department, the City Fire Department including a motorcycle riding Chief Danczyk and Warren County fire fighters including fire boss Jerry Briggs and E-911 coordinator Shane Garrard all drove by with lights and sirens to make this birthday in a special time a special day.

Most of the officials did this on their time off so as not to disrupt normal services.

“Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you so much!!” shouted the proud parents.

In addition to all the police and fire fighters several of his friends drove by holding cards saying “Happy Birthday!” At least 10 cars drove by in the 15 minutes the Vicksburg Daily News observed the scene.

The 5 year old can be seen waving to all the police and fire fighters and seemed a bit overwhelmed at the outpouring of love while the birthday boy donned his snazzy ninja birthday suit.


Here is a video of the drive by:

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A brief Sunday fish story



David and Josh McMullin show off their catch for today. (photo by Thomas Parker)

David and Josh McMullin travel every spring to spend a few days at Sunset View RV Park and Campground on Eagle Lake.

This year as well as last, the Missouri duo had to travel further due to travel issues caused by flooding, but that didn’t hamper their fishing.

The Crappie and White Perch are biting. Fishermen are asked to use caution around piers and be courteous to not create a large wake when traveling the waters.

The McMullin’s catch of the day at Eagle Lake.

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Pets’ Krewe of Barkus leads the way in Vicksburg’s Mardi Gras Parade



(photo from event FB page)

Let the good times roll with Vicksburg’s first-ever Mardi Gras pet parade.

Downtown Vicksburg Main Street and Bark Avenue Hotel and Spa are sponsoring a pet parade to kick off the people parade on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Krewe of Barkus will kick off the 19th Annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Vicksburg at 3:45 p.m. starting at Veto and Washington streets. The after-party will start immediately following the pet parade at Washington Street Park.

The people parade begins at 4 p.m.

Entry fee for one dog and its human is $10, and each entry will receive a $10 discount at Bark Avenue.

Register in advance by Feb. 17 (see the form below), or on the day of the parade stating at 2:30 p.m. Lineup is at 3:15 p.m.

Wagons and strollers are welcome, but no motorized vehicles will be allowed for pets.

For more information and to register, contact Debbie Haworth at 601-415-7822 or or call Bark Avenue at 601-630-5291.

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