In Barry Toberman's biography of Elton, it is claimed that he prompted Bernie into writing "Grimsby" because Randy Newman
had written a song about Cleveland. There was some suggestion they could make it sound like The Beach Boys. Grimsby is an unprepossessing fishing port on the Lincolnshire coast, so this was probably a private joke. In His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John
, Elizabeth Rosenthal writes: "The joke has probably been lost on many non-British listeners" who may have taken it literally. Taupin was born on a farm near Sleaford, which is about fifty miles from Grimsby.
Alexander - London, England