Did You Know: Elton John's "Candle In The Wind"

Our ‘Tickets @ Two’ song is “Candle In the Wind,” by [lastfm]Elton John [/lastfm] who just got rave reviews on his recent performance at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario on being very personal and talking to the audience.

“Candle In The Wind” as you probably know is a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, whose birth name was Norma Jean Mortenson before she became an actress. The Candle in the wind represents a short, but eventful life. The song later took on another meaningful tribute to the late Princess Diana after Elton John made these lyrical changes.

Elton and his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, rewrote the lyrics and played this at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, changing the first line from”Goodbye Norma Jean” to “Goodbye England’s Rose.” After the funeral Elton released the version dedicated to Princess Diana as “Candle In The Wind ’97.” Within a month, it became a #1 hit in the UK and the biggest selling single ever. Proceeds went to charity.

Elton was Knighted by Queen Elizabeth the second in 1997 shortly after the death of Princess Diana. A nice payback for offering his emotional support to the Royal Family after the tragic incident.

By the way did ya’ know “Candle In The Wind ’97” was produced by former Beatles producer Sir George Martin?

When you hear the song between two and three be caller #11 to win Chevron World Challenge gallery passes, hosted by Tiger Woods at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks in December: 1-800-232-KRTH. (5784)


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