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Celebrities Who Are Immortalised In Famous Songs

today28 April 2021

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These celebrities may no longer be with us, but their legacies live on forever. Check out these 3 tear-inducing tributes to our fallen stars.

 

1. β€œCandle in the Wind” by Elton John for Marilyn Monroe

 

β€œGoodbye Norma Jean

Though I never knew you at all

You had the grace to hold yourself

While those around you crawled”

 

Born Norma Jean, Monroe was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood both before and after her death from a barbiturate overdose in 1962. She lived a troubled life, suffering from addiction and mood disorders. Bernie Taupin, who helped co-write the song said that,Β 

 

β€œI tried to make it a song that told you the reason she was so popular,” he continued, β€œ[and] that she was very much somebody people could fall in love with without her being out of reach. I really don’t think people thought of her as a sex symbol.”

 

2. β€œFriend of a Friend” by the Foo Fighters for Kurt CobainΒ 

 

Dave Grohl was the drummer of Nirvana alongside Cobain and Krist Novoselic. After Cobain passed following his suicide, the band disintegrated, prompting Grohl to form the Foo Fighters.Β  β€œFriend of a Friend”, a song featured in their 2005 album β€˜In Your Honour’ was written before Cobain’s death. It entails Grohl’s first impression of the troubled Nirvana frontman, in all his bleakness and glory.Β 

 

β€œHe thinks he drinks too much

Cause when he tells his two best friends

I think I drink too much

No-one speaks”

 

While most speculated that β€œMy Hero” is a tribute to the fallen rockstar, it was never confirmed by Grohl.

 

3. β€œI’ll Be Missing You” by Faith Evans and Puff Daddy for Biggie

Biggie was at the height of his fame when his life was ripped away from him in a drive-by homicide. He was only 24.Β 

 

β€œThinkin’ of the day, when you went away

What a life to take, what a bond to break

I’ll be missing you”

 

Despite their rocky marriage, Evans played a big role in planning his funeral. She also collaborated with Puff Daddy in writing and performing the song, sampling β€˜Every Breath You Take’ by The Police.Β 

 

Gone but never forgotten, let’s keep their memories alive inside of us.

 

*Cover image via Time & Life Pictures

 

 

Written by: Farah Qistina

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