The signature moment of Elton John and George Michael's 1991 live recording "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" can be heard halfway through the song when Michael dramatically announces to the crowd, "Ladies and gentlemen ... Mr. Elton John!" The audience's wild cheers nearly drown out the performance, foreshadowing the success of the single, which was released in late 1991 to benefit 10 charities.
On Feb. 1, 1992, the track rose from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing the performance of John's original studio version, which peaked at No. 2 in 1974. The duet became the eighth No. 1 single for each artist (not counting two other chart-toppers Michael scored as part of Wham in 1984 and '85.)