A terribly sad moment in history 20 years ago when we heard about the passing of Princess Diana. The world came to a stand-still.
Her friend and confidant, Elton John, performed at her funeral on this day 20 years ago, September 6th 1997.
The song, "Candle In The Wind 1997", known also as "Goodbye England's Rose" was a re-written and re-recorded version of Elton's 1973 song "Candle in the Wind". It was released on 13 September 1997 as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, with the global proceeds from the song going towards Diana's charities. In many countries, it was pressed as a double A-side with "Something About the Way You Look Tonight". It was co-written by Bernie Taupin, and produced by Sir George Martin.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, at the time of release "Candle in the Wind 1997" was the second highest selling single of all time (behind Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" from 1942), and it was the highest selling single since charts began in the 1950s.
Elton remains a close family friend of the Royals, especially Diana's children William and Harry.