Duran Duran, George Michael and Elton John - what music did Princess Diana listen to?
Princess Diana has long been iconic figure in the history of the world! One of the brightest and most good-natured women, she was part of the royal family and at the same time the most genuine rebel! Diana brought about a fashion revolution and also became famous for her extraordinary taste in music. But the Princess of Wales didn't just enjoy music - she kept a warm friendly relationship with artists including Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Liza Minnelli, and many others!
Duran Duran, or the princess' favorite band
Lady Dee once stated that Duran Duran - her favorite band!
When the legendary '80s band performed at a concert honoring Diana in 2006, the singer Simon Le Bon said:
"We are so honored that she called Duran Duran her favorite band! Diana was, without a doubt, our favorite princess."
In the series. "Corona." from Netflix there is a notable moment: in one of the episodes, Diana is dancing to music when Prince Charles calls her. In the background we can see poster depicting Duran Duran! The princess also adored music. Bryan Adams.
A rich collection
In 2017, the tapes that once belonged to the DianaThe two were on display at Buckingham Palace.
Small "music box" contained the princess' eclectic collection, including albums George Michael, Luciano Pavarotti, Rod Stewart, Dire Straits, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie and many others.
Two Selected Hits
Princess Diana was a real by a music lover! However, in her personal collection there were exceptions - the so-called "selected hits". One of these was the composition Lionel Richie's "Hello" 1984.
Speaking at a concert in 2015 year, Lionel told the audience:
"Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Princess Diana, and tonight we have Prince William here! Years ago his mother came up to me and said: "My favorite song is Hello." To me, as an artist, that was the ultimate in praise and recognition..."
Diana's second favorite hit was the song michael jacksonwhich bears the name of a princess. The story goes that the two first met in 1988 In the year at Wembley Stadium, during the Bad World Tour. The royal couple met the King of Pop backstage before the concert began, and Diana was anxious to find out if Michael would perform "Dirty Diana." - her favorite song.
"I replied that I didn't, as I had removed that song out of respect for her. To this Diana said: "How so! That's my favorite song!" She was horrified! But there was nothing I could do about it, since the beginning of the concert was close and it was too late to change anything in the show..."
After that first meeting, Jackson and Princess Diana became real friends and often hours talking on the phone. Bound by their tumultuous childhoods, explosive fame, and pesky press, they easily found rapport.
A dance with Elton, a masquerade with Mercury, and a touching "Candle in the Wind"
Princess Diana had many tight friendly relationship with music stars, including George Michael, Freddie Mercury and David Bowiewhich were accompanied by tears, laughter, and even a change of clothes...
By confession George MichaelThe princess was "one of those few people who gave a sense of joy and lightness. When she was gone, the singer was literally heartbroken.
"I cried my eyes out..."
Thanks to our friendship with Freddie Mercury the princess might have felt like carefree teenagerhiding from her strict parents! The story goes that one night, under cover of night, the Queen frontman took Diana to a scandalous club, where she had a great time! It all took place privatelyof course. And in order to keep her identity secret, Diana took care of a good disguise - she went to the club as a man!
"You could easily mistake her for a guy who likes his own kind, you know...," actress Cleo Rokos, a witness to those events, wrote in her memoirs.
Another star friend of the princess was Elton John! They were very close in their views, and often worked together on projects to fight AIDS.
"I was lucky enough to meet Diana in 1981 when I came to Windsor Castle to perform at Prince Andrew's 21st birthday party. When I arrived, there was no one there except the dance group and Princess Diana. So we danced the Charleston for a whole 20 minutes! It was magical!"
That's how it began. strong friendship! In 1997, however, the two men had a bit of a falling out. A tragic event - the death of their mutual friend - contributed to this reconciliation. Gianni Versace. Diana called Elton first. They had a nice chat and made up. Six weeks later, the princess herself was gone...
"She was a unique woman! That summer when it happened was extraordinary... First Gianni was gone, and soon Diana too... It was an incredible, horrible summer... I just couldn't believe everything that was happening!"
Elton John rewrote "Candle in the Wind" especially for Diana - it was his tribute and respect for her.
The princess also maintained a warm friendship with Liza Minnelliwho claimed that Lady Di adored music and was a wonderful person In every way!
A family moment
The Princess of Wales loved not only to listen to songs, but also to hum them! In his interview, Diana's son, William, recalled:
"When I was a teenager, Harry and I went to boarding school. Our mother would take us there in the car after the weekend, and to make the trip less boring and sad, she would play different songs. One of her favorites was "The Best" by Tina Turner. I remembered it perfectly! We would drive and hum it together and I felt it was a magical family moment...I still secretly enjoy that song to this day! It brings back a lot of memories of my mother..."