STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN AND HITSVILLE

It should come as no surprise that Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, his reworked Candle in the Wind, is selling extraordinarily well; the surprise is that nobody has come up with a commemorative song for, say, Red Skelton. (A priest has written a tune in honor of Mother Teresa.) Saluting the dearly departed with a pop song has a long and profitable tradition, as these following few examples show. --By Jamie Malanowski

HIT NIGHTSHIFT THE COMMODORES (1985) For MARVIN GAYE and JACKIE WILSON The single hit No. 3; Diana Ross also saluted Gaye with Missing You

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