Broadcaster ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris has gathered together more than 30 vocalists and musicians for a charity single which will support the Help Musicians charity.
The star-studded lineup called Whispering Bob’s All-stars includes Rick Wakeman, Paul Rodgers, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton, John Oates, Judie Tzuke, Wildwood Kin and Duane Eddy – and they’ll release their cover of the Ben E King classic Stand By Me on October 27 through Under The Apple Tree Records in partnership with Absolute Label Services.
The artists got together remotely during lockdown to record the track, which will not only celebrate the song’s 60th anniversary, but its release will also mark Harris’ 50 years as a broadcaster.
Harris says: “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the UK music scene. The artists who rely on live performances for their income have been particularly hard hit.
“For the past six years, Under The Apple Tree has been a fantastic platform for emerging artists and now, in this time of difficulty, we want to raise funds to help the diverse and dedicated grass roots music community that we love so much.”
Help Musicians CEO James Ainscough adds: “We’re delighted that Bob Harris OBE, a Help Musicians ambassador for many years, has instigated this wonderful project.
“Music has sustained so many of us during lockdown, yet tens of thousands of musicians have had their income wiped out. It is through fundraisers such as this that the Help Musicians team can continue to provide the broad range of support that is needed now more than ever.
“Thanks to those generously donating, Help Musicians has been able to offer financial hardship support, creative development opportunities and a vital mental health service which reaches the entire music community during this difficult time.
“We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Bob and the team for their continued support, and to everyone who donates to this unique single.”
Find a full list of the artists involved in the project below.
Whispering Bob’s All-Stars: Stand By Me
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RICK WAKEMAN The Myths & Legends of King Arthur & The Knights Of The Round Table (1975 UK 7-track vinyl LP, embossed gatefold picture sleeve complete with twelve page illustrated booklet. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear and thevinyl remains in Excellent condition with few signs of play AMLH64515)
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MARK KNOPFLER Going Home (Original 1987 UK Vertigo label solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including 'Wild Theme'. The vinyl looks barely played issued in the glossy 'Crusader Challenge' picture sleeve. Back in stock for the first time is almostFIFTEEN years! DSTR14)
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ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Local Hero (1983 UK 14-track LP featuring the music from the soundtrack of the film produced by David Puttnam & written/directed by Bill Forsyth, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some age wear to the edges & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with minimal play VERL4)
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RICK WAKEMAN The Burning (1981 UK 11-track movie soundtrack LP featuring Theme From The Burning, The Chase Continues, Variations On The Fire & Shear Terror And More, picture sleeve. The sleeve has some light ringwear caused during storage andthe vinyl is still in excellent condition with light play only CLASS12)