“Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” is a re-written and re-recorded version of the song Elton released in 1973. The song was released following the death of his good friend Princess Diana in August 1997. “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in the UK September 13th, 1997 and sold 1.5 million copies in the first week. The single debuted September 23rd in the U.S. and sold 3.5 million copies in the first week while staying atop of the Billboard charts for 14 weeks.
The global proceeds of the song went to many of Princess Diana’s charities. After the performance of the song at Princess Diana’s funeral, Elton John stated that he would never sing the song live again other than by the request of the royal family.