Sacrifice Elton John
Song Title: Sacrifice
Artist: Elton John
Date of release: October 1989 (1st release) May 1990 (2nd release)
Description: ” Sacrifice ” by Elton John from the 1989 Album Sleeping with the Past. The song’s lyrics are by Bernie Taupin with music arrangement by Elton John.
As love songs go this is not typical but deals with a marriage breakup, whereby the loss of the relationship is ” no sacrifice “.
First released as a single back in 1989, ” Sacrifice ” failed to make the Top Forty in the United Kingdon only reaching number fifty-five and number eighteen in the US. British radio DJ Steve Wright picked up on the song and gave it airplay on his Radio One show, and soon other DJ’s began playing the song.
” Sacrifice ” was re-released as a double A-side along with ” Healing Hands ” and soon gained traction on the UK charts moving up to the number one spot in 1990 and staying for five weeks. Elton John now had his first solo Number One in the UK; the song also found massive success in France where it reached the top of the chart and stayed on the charts there for twenty-six weeks.
The music video for the song is about a married couple who start experiencing problems with their relationship after having and raising their daughter. The couple split and the father raises his daughter alone which is portrayed in the second half of the video.
The video was directed by Alek Keshishian and starred the singer Chris Isaak and Yasmeen Ghauri the former Canadian model.
There have been several cover versions of ” Sacrifice “, Sinéad O’Connor covered the song for the tribute Album Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin.
Other covers include a version by German music project Gregorian, Karmina for the Album Rewriting Chapter 2 and Richard Clayderman has a version on many of his compilation Albums.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 18
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian ARIA Singles Chart 7, Dutch Mega Top 100 3, Eurochart ( Hot 100 ) 1, French SNEP Singles Chart 1, German Singles Chart 36, Irish Singles Chart 2, New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 7, Norwegian Singles Chart 2, Swiss Singles Chart 23, Zimbabwe Singles Chart 6
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