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Encyclopedia > Candle in the Wind
"Candle In The Wind 1997"
Single by Elton John
Released 1997
Format CD single, Cassette single
Recorded The Townhouse Studios
Genre Pop
Length 3:39
Label A&M
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) George Martin
Certification Diamond (Canada, France)
14x Platinum (Australia)
11x Platinum (US)
9x Platinum (UK,Germany, Switzerland)
6x Platinum (Netherlands)
Peak chart positions
Elton John singles chronology
"Live Like Horses"
(1996)
"Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Recover Your Soul"
(1998)

"Candle in the Wind" is a song with music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It was originally written and released in 1973, written in honour of Marilyn Monroe. In 1990, it rose to prominence again when John rededicated it to AIDS victim Ryan White, performing it in his honor at Farm Aid 4 and at his funeral. In 1997, Elton John did a remake of it, as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. This version of the song was released as a single version, and peaked at number one in almost every country in the world. Image File history File links Summary The cover of the single from 1997, the tribute to Princess Diana(Candle In The Wind). ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... Insert from the Winter cassette single by Tori Amos The cassette single was a music recording format that debuted in the 80s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Bernie Taupin (born May 22, 1950) is an English lyricist most famous for his collaboration with Elton John. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England) is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle—a title that he owes to his work as producer of almost all of The Beatles records. ... Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has sold a certain number of copies. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The United World Chart is a worldwide chart issued every week by Media Traffic, using both sales (digital and physical) and airplay to determine the most popular albums and singles in the world. The United World Chart uses the same system as the Billboard Hot 100, in which the tracking... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Bernie Taupin (born May 22, 1950) is an English lyricist most famous for his collaboration with Elton John. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Farm Aid started as a benefit concert on September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, held to raise money for family farmers in the United States. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances;[2] née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. ...

Contents

Original version

The original version was found on Elton John's 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The lyrics of the song are a sympathetic portrayal of the life of Marilyn Monroe (the song's opening line "Goodbye Norma Jean" refers to Monroe's real name). The single release of the original song reached number eleven in the UK charts in 1974, and a live recording reached number five in 1988. Taupin was inspired to write the song after hearing the phrase "candle in the wind" used in tribute to the late Janis Joplin. Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the seventh studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1973. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Janis Lyn Joplin (19th January, 1943 – 4 October 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. ...


This version is ranked #347 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This article is about the magazine. ... ...


1990 resurfacing

On April 7, 1990, at Farm Aid 4, John dedicated the song to Ryan White, a high-profile person with AIDS whom he had befriended.


1997 version

"Candle In The Wind 1997" or "Goodbye England's Rose" is a remake of "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John that was released as a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Released in 1997, the song peaked at number one in the UK becoming John's fourth number one single. It also peaked at number one in most other countries. As of 2007, it is the world's best-selling CD single in history. Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances;[2] née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. ...


Song information

On 31 August 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash. The news immediately shocked John, as he and the Princess had been very good friends. He had also lost another good friend, the fashion designer Gianni Versace, just weeks before, and had attended his funeral with the Princess. August 31 is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances;[2] née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. ... The Pont de lAlma tunnel, where Diana was fatally injured. ... Giovanni Gianni Versace (December 2, 1946 – July 15, 1997) was a charismatic and accomplished Italian designer of clothing and theater costumes. ...


As a result of these deaths, John sank into a deep depression, and considered not going to the funeral due to the emotional trauma. In the end, he decided to attend after receiving support from other friends. Following the recovery, John decided he wanted to pay a tribute to Diana. With that in mind, he contacted his veteran writing partner, Bernie Taupin. Due to the limited time available, they felt it was not possible to write a new song, and chose to re-write the lyrics to "Candle in the Wind". George Martin was contacted to help produce the song, and added a string quartet and woodwind to help balance the recording and with the first line now "Goodbye, England's Rose". Grieving Thai females. ... Bernie Taupin (born May 22, 1950) is an English lyricist most famous for his collaboration with Elton John. ... Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England) is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle—a title that he owes to his work as producer of almost all of The Beatles records. ...


John sang "Candle In The Wind 1997" in public, for the first and only time in history, at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997. John has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the song live and only plays the 1973 version at concerts. The song has also never been released on any of his albums. He has stated that he will play the song again only if requested by Diana's sons William and Harry. Surprisingly, Elton did not perform the song at the Concert for Diana, held at Wembley Stadium on 1 July 2007, despite a performance being personally requested by princes William and Harry[1]. The Pont de lAlma tunnel, where Diana was fatally injured. ... The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, which is almost always referred to by its original name of Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral (and indeed often mistaken for one), in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Prince William” redirects here. ... Officer Cadet Wales on parade when New Colours were presented to Sandhurst, 21 June 2005. ... Concert for Diana (The Peoples Princess) was a concert held at the new Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom in honour of the late Diana, Princess of Wales on July 1, 2007, which would have been her 46th birthday. ...


Chart performance

As the song was a tribute to the popular Diana and because pre-order numbers had been high, it was expected by chart analysts for the song to top the charts, but its results were record breaking. Released on September 13, 1997, it became the fastest-selling single in the UK, selling 658,000 copies in the UK on that day alone, and over 1.5 million copies in its first week. The single would remain at number one for 5 weeks. All in all, it eventually sold 4.86 million copies in the UK, overtaking "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to become the best-selling single of all time in the UK. September 13 is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cover art for the original Do They Know Its Christmas? release – artist Peter Blake Do They Know Its Christmas? is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 specifically to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. ...


The response in the USA was quite similar. It became the 7th song in history to debut at number one, and sold over a million copies in its first week. As a result, the single held on to the number one position for 14 weeks, the record for a male solo artist. In total, it sold over 11 million copies in the United States to become the second best-selling single worldwide, after receiving advance orders of nearly 9 million. Besides being the 2nd best-selling single in the USA, it is also the most shipped single in the USA with a certification of 11x platinum. This makes "Candle In The Wind 1997" the only song in the USA ever to be certified for more than 4 million copies sold, and the first and only diamond single ever. The worlds best-selling single cannot be listed officially, since there is no international body to count global record sales. ... A diamond single is a single that has reached a certain level of official sales. ...


Its success was also seen in most countries around the world. In Canada, it spent three years in the top 20, with 46 weeks at the top spot. However, the song's unusual chart performance in Canada has also been explained as a structural factor -- due to the relative lack of CD singles available for sale in Canadian stores, in some weeks the song was able to chart on sales of less than 100 copies across the entire country.


From a worldwide perspective, over 33 million copies were sold around the globe, making it the second best-selling single of all time worldwide, although it should be noted that this sales figure takes into account only CD singles and was released after the era of the traditional single had effectively ended. It is estimated that at the peak of sales, almost six copies of the single were sold across the world per second. All artist and composer royalties and record company profits were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The worlds best-selling single cannot be listed officially, since there is no international body to count global record sales. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was set up after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. ...


Comprehensive charts

UK

Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" / "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" UK Singles Chart 1

US

Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Billboard Hot 100 1
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales 1
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 21
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 32
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Billboard Adult Top 40 22
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Billboard Adult Contemporary 5

International

Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" ARIA (Australia) Singles Chart 1
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Canadian Singles Chart 1
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" / "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" Irish Singles Chart 1
1997 "Candle In The Wind 1997" Oricon (Japanese) chart 1 [1]

The Irish Singles Chart is the Irish music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by the Irish Recorded Music Association and compiled on behalf of the IRMA by Chart-Track. ... Oricon ), also known as Oricon Style, is a Japanese company which provides music industry-related information. ...

Sales

  • United States: (11x Platinum) (Sales: 11,000,000)
  • United Kingdom (9x Platinum) (Sales: 5,400,000)
  • Germany: (9x Platinum) (sales: 4,500,000+)
  • France: (Diamond) (sales: 2,000,000+)
  • Canada: (Diamond) (Sales:1,000,000)
  • Australia: (14x Platinum) (Sales: 980,000+)
  • Switzerland: (9x Platinum) (450,000)
  • The Netherlands: (6x Platinum) (Sales: 300,000)

References

  • The Guinness Book of Records 2007 states that "Candle In the Wind 1997" is the biggest selling single 'since records began', however states that in total overall sales, Bing Crosby's White Christmas has sold the most singles. This accounts for the ambiguity appearing in the main article when stating 'best selling single'.

Suresh Joachim, minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World, Brampton. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... White Christmas is an Irving Berlin song whose lyrics reminisce about White Christmases. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6257986.stm
Preceded by
"4 Seasons of Loneliness" by Boyz II Men
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
October 11, 1997- January 10, 1998
Succeeded by
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
Preceded by
"Macarena" by Los Del Rio
Billboard Hot 100 Number one single of the year
1997
Succeeded by
"Too Close" by Next
Preceded by
"The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
September 14, 1997- October 12, 1997
Succeeded by
"Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls

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