Elton John was ‘moved to tears’ after hearing wrongfully imprisoned contestant Archie Williams sang one of his songs on America’s Got Talent and posted the full video performance.
Just before the performance, Williams revealed that he had been wrongfully imprisoned for 36 years and was only released after DNA evidence cleared his name.
‘I was moved to tears when I heard Archie’s story and saw him perform “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me,”‘ John tweeted.
‘The courage and forgiveness shown by him is truly inspiring. The same spirit that the world found so inspiring with Nelson Mandela.’
I was moved to tears when I heard Archie’s story and saw him perform “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me”. The courage and forgiveness shown by him is truly inspiring. The same spirit that the world found so inspiring with Nelson Mandela. Love, E xx https://t.co/oYxM3IyvWB
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 26, 2020
He quoted another tweet from the AGT account featuring Williams’ full performance of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, which was a top 10 hit for John when it appeared on his 1974 album Caribou.
The song was even more successful and hit number one on the charts when he revived it in 1991 as a duet with George Michael.
Williams was accused of raping and stabbing a white woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when he was 22 and sentenced to life in prison without parole even though he maintained he was at home asleep when the crime took place.
His case was picked up by bosses at the Innocence Project in the mid-1990s, and Archie was finally exonerated by DNA evidence in early 2019 after spending over 36 years in a Louisiana prison.