1974: Candle In The Wind By Elton John

Composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin for Elton’s seventh studio album. Originally the song was a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The song’s opening line refers to Marilyn’s real name, Norma Jean. Bernie Taupin said “the song is about the idea of fame or youth or somebody being cut short in the prime of their life. It could have been about James Dean, it could have been about Montgomery Clift, it could have been about Jim Morrison. It is about how we glamorise death, how we immortalise people.” He also said he was inspired to write the song after he heard the phrase candle in the wind used in tribute to American songwriter and singer Janis Joplin. The song was not released in the USA at the time as the composers chose another track from the album to release instead in that country. Candle in the Wind reached No.11 in the United Kingdom. Bernie Taupin is an English lyricist, poet, and singer. He is best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, having written the lyrics for many of Elton John’s songs. Elton re-wrote the song in 1997 as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed a car accident in Paris in the same year. The re-written version, which reached No.1 in many countries, began with the opening line Goodbye England’s Rose: Elton-John/Englands-Rose.

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