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Elton John: I needed teleprompter for Princess Diana's funeral song

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Published on November 20, 2019 - Duration: 01:39s

Elton John: I needed teleprompter for Princess Diana's funeral song

Elton John said he was so worried about getting the words wrong when performing an adaptation of “Candle In the Wind” at Princess Diana’s funeral that he had a teleprompter installed by the piano.

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Elton John: I needed teleprompter for Princess Diana's funeral song

The British singer-songwriter was speaking at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied, to celebrate the publication of his autobiography "Me" last month.

John, who was a friend of Diana, sang the new version of the hit song using revised words penned by lyricist and frequent collaborator Bernie Taupin.

His performance at London's Westminster Abbey in 1997, after Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, was a standout moment at a televised service watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

The song, featuring the line "Goodbye England's rose" instead of the original words "Goodbye Norma Jean", went on to become the fastest-selling single in Britain.

"It's the first time I had a teleprompter, a teleprompter down on my left hand side, because I thought if I sing 'Goodbye Norma Jean' I'm gonna get hung, drawn and quartered," John told a London audience late on Tuesday.

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