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Same Song; 3 Hits
Candle in the Wind
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Elton John


20 years ago today (September 6th, 1997), Elton John performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" at the funeral of Princess Diana in London. It became a hit, making it the third time that same song became a hit. The studio version from Goodbye Yellow Brick road, a hit in Britain, was set to be a single here, but was flipped over when its B-side "Bennie and the Jets" began to get airplay on radio. The 1986 live version would peak at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100, and the reworked 1997 "Princess Diana" version would go to number-one.

Elton John explains.

“I’ve had three different hits with ‘Candle in the Wind.’ I’ve had the original recording, which was never released as a single in America, but was a huge hit everywhere else in the world. Then I had a live version from the Australian album with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which was a hit in America and then, of course, the tragic death of Princess Diana, which was, y’know, number one throughout the world. So that song’s had a kind of amazing life. It’s been a hit in three different forms.”

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