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This was featured in the Disney movie The Lion King when the main character, Simba the Lion, falls in love with his childhood friend Nala, to the dismay of his friends Timon and Pumba. The song was almost cut from the movie because it was not working with the scene, but Elton convinced the producers to leave it in. The Lion King soundtrack sold over 10 million copies. (thanks, Caitlin - Upper Township, NJ)
Disney solicited Elton's opinion about the movie as they were putting it together.
Elton wrote the music, Tim Rice wrote the lyrics. Rice made a name for himself putting lyrics to showtunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber. They wrote songs for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ, Superstar, and Evita. Like Elton, Tim Rice has been knighted.
Elton contributed most of the songs on The Lion King soundtrack, including "Circle Of Life," a Top-20 hit in the US. and UK.
This is performed as part of the Lion King Broadway show - a lavish, wildly successful production based on the movie. It is also featured in the Lion King show at the Animal Kingdom park at Disney World.
This was the most played song on US radio and TV in 1994.
Kiki Dee, Rick Astley, and Gary Barlow sang backup. Kiki Dee sang a duet with Elton on the '70s hit "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," Astley had a series of hits in the early '90s, and Barlow was a member of the group Take That.
This won the Grammy in 1995 for Best Male Pop Vocal. It also won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1995. John performed this at the ceremony.
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