Elton's Song Set to Raise £10mThe singer Elton John has already recorded the song which he performed movingly at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and expects to raise £10m for his close friend's charities.
His specially dedicated version of Candle in the Wind captured the imagination of the world during the funeral service at Westminster Abbey.
Elton, who also revealed in a BBC interview with David Frost that he and Diana had briefly fallen out earlier this year, went straight from Westminster Abbey to a recording studio where he reworked the song, originally dedicated to Marilyn Monroe.
He recorded the song with Sir George Martin, the man responsible for producing the best of the Beatles songs.
"He suggested I did a piano and a voice live and I did two takes. The second take was really, really good. I did some harmonies on it and he added some string quartet and some woodwind," said Elton.
"The record will be out on Saturday [September 13] or Monday. I just thought people might want a reminder of yesterday. We could raise a substantial amount of money for the Princess's Foundation, I hope between £5 - £10m," he told David Frost.
Elton said singing the song during the service was probably the most nerve- racking moment of his life.
"When I started singing and playing, I suddenly realised this was it. I was fairly composed all the way through and I sang it well. But at the beginning of the last verse my voice cracked and I was really chock-full of emotion and I had to close my eyes and grit my teeth and get through it," he said.
Elton praised the way people had reacted to Diana's death, and he hoped ordinary people would help carry on her work.
"She won't be here any more but she will be in our hearts. It's up to everybody now not just to grieve publicly for a week and then to forget about it, but to try to carry on what was she was all about and try and help people, and try to give up time to assist people who need help and attention," he said.
"The thing that has been the most impressive throughout the whole week has been the way the British people have conducted themselves and their emotions," added Elton.