This Day in Showbiz History…December 14

On this day in 1997, the tribute to Princess Diana, the lyrically reworked Candle in the Wind by Elton John (pictured), enjoyed its ninth week at No 1 on America’s Billboard chart. The song would go on to become the biggest-selling single of all time in the US and the UK, and second only to the Bing Crosby classic, White Christmas, as the top-selling single worldwide.

It was on this day in 1963 that Dinah Washington, most noted for the hit What a Diff’Rence A Day Makes, died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and pills. She was 39.

Also on this day, in 1977, the hit film Saturday Night Fever premiered in New York, sparking the disco craze and spawning one of the most successful soundtrack albums to date. It sold more than 15 million copies.

Among those celebrating their birthday today is High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, who turns 29.

South Africa’s top song this week in 1969 was the Elvis Presley hit, Suspicious Minds, which spent six weeks topping the Springbok Radio chart. Just saying…