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“Candle in the Wind 1997” is a re-written and rerecorded version of Elton John’s own 1973 hit “Candle in the Wind” that was released as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales it is “the best-selling single of all time.” The Guinness Book of World Records 2009 states that the song is “the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies,” and is the best-selling single worldwide of all time.
On release in September 1997, “Candle in the Wind 1997″ entered number one in the UK, John’s fourth UK number one single, and became the best-selling single in UK Chart history. In October it became John’s ninth U.S. number one single, where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, and is the best-selling single in Billboard history, and the only single ever certified Diamond in the U.S.
“Candle in the Wind 1997″ topped the German Singles Chart for seven weeks, the Australian ARIA Charts for six weeks, reached number one in Japan, Canada, France and music charts around the world.
The 1997 version won John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1998. The lyrics of the earlier version of “Candle in the Wind”, written by Bernie Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The opening lines of the 1973 version, “Goodbye Norma Jeane, though I never knew you at all,” were adapted to “Goodbye England’s rose, may you ever grow in our hearts.” In fact, most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana’s life and death, but a notable and poignantly ironic omission was the line, “Even when you died, the press still hounded you…” which was replaced with the lyric, “Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears…”
Today would have been Princess Diana’s 50th Birthday. On July 29, is the 30th Anniversary of her Wedding.
Princess Diana’s 50th birthday is only days away and to honor the late princess, Newsweek wrote a cover story speculating what her life would like now–complete with digitally-altered images showing what she’d look like in 2011.
The cover image shows an aged Diana superimposed on an image of out-and-about Duchess Catherine. Attention-grabbing? Yes. Creepy? Maybe a little.
Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek and Diana biographer, penned the cover story, which also includes an imagined Facebook page kept by the Princess. PEOPLE reports that Brown also predicts Diana would have moved to New York, indulged in Botox and engaged wholeheartedly in the social networking site, Twitter.
“Diana would have been 50 this month,” Brown wrote. “What would she have been like? Still great-looking: that’s a given.”
Princess Di was killed in an auto accident on August 31, 1997.
Happy Birthday Elton John. Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight, born 25 March, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England) is a British rock musician. He started his music career immediately after leaving school. Elton John is the biggest music star of 1970s.
From: Simple English Wikipedia
John became famous in the early 1970s when he and songwriter Bernie Taupin wrote several songs which he performed and recorded. John became a huge star, not only for his musical abilities, but for his flamboyant stage personality. He also composed several musicals and the music for the films The Lion King (1994) and The Road to El Dorado (2000) and is active in charity work. In remembrance of Princess Diana, John re-released his hit Candle in the Wind in 1997, originally written about Marilyn Monroe. This went on to become the world’s biggest selling single of all time with 37 million copies sold within 2 months.