Royals Besieged: Demand outstrips supply for tribute record
Tuesday 16 September 1997
The single, which set a record by reaching the top of the British charts on its first day of sale, was disappearing off shelves as fast as stock arrived.
It also became the first-ever single to go on sale in Israel. Until now the country's relatively small music-buying population meant singles were not viable and the music market was exclusively albums.
But music industry executives decided that the tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, which is tipped to become the biggest-selling single of all time, was so big that its people should also be given the chance to buy it.
Mercury Records said manufacturers have now pressed enough copies to meet Britain's 1.5 million advance orders - but the re-orders have started to roll in. More singles will be manufactured and shipped today.
Elton John himself has refused to take the credit for the demand and vowed never to perform the song again because it would be "milking" the tragedy.
- 1 Isis 'jihadi bride' claims forced sex with Yazidi girls is never rape because Koran condones it
- 2 Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
- 3 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 4 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Isis 'jihadi bride' claims forced sex with Yazidi girls is never rape because Koran condones it
Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...