“Candle in the Wind 1997,” Elton John’s reworked Marilyn Monroe tribute to his friend Princess Diana, has sold more than 33 million copies worldwide, many of its proceeds funneled to the late humanitarian’s favorite charities.

Thursday marks 20 years since the world buckled with the news of the high-speed car crash in a Paris tunnel that claimed the mother of Princes William and Harry, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul, and injured bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.

While Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” has technically sold more, it was released in 1942, a decade before charts began, according to music critic and author of “All You Need is Rock,” Mark…
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