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Elton John Will Sing At Princess Diana's Funeral

September 5, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Buckingham Palace confirmed Thursday that Elton John will sing at Princess Diana's funeral. The emotional event takes place this Saturday at London's Westminster Abbey, and John will sing a revamped version of his 1974 hit "Candle In the Wind," which was originally written as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The song begins with the line "Goodbye, England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts."

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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