Candle in the Wind 1997

"Candle in the Wind 1997", also known as "Goodbye England's Rose" and "Candle in the Wind '97", is a song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, a re-written and re-recorded version of their 1973 song "Candle in the Wind". It was released on 13 September 1997 as a tribute single to 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 produced by Sir George Martin.

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997"
CD single cover
Single by Elton John
A-side
B-side"You Can Make History (Young Again)"
Released13 September 1997 (1997-09-13)
GenrePop rock
Length
  • 3:59 ("Something About the Way You Look Tonight")
  • 4:11 ("Candle in the Wind 1997")
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)George Martin
Elton John singles chronology
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
(1997)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Recover Your Soul"
(1998)
Audio sample

According to the Guinness Book of Records, "Candle in the Wind 1997" is the second highest-selling physical single of all time (behind Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" from 1942),[1][2] and is the highest-selling single since charts began in the 1950s.[3][4]

After being released, "Candle in the Wind 1997" entered at number one in the UK Singles Chart, John's fourth UK number-one single, and became the best-selling single in UK chart history.[5][6] In October it became John's ninth US number-one single, where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, and is the best-selling single in Billboard history; it was the first single certified Diamond in the US.[7] The song also topped the German Singles Chart for seven weeks, the Australian Singles Chart for six weeks, and many other music charts around the world.

The 1997 version won John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1998.[8] At the 1998 Brit Awards the song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single. The lyrics of the earlier version of "Candle in the Wind", also written by Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The opening lines of the 1973 version, "Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all," were adapted to "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts." Most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana's life and death.