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 - Softsword - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.50, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jul-2021 10:56)on July 24, 2021 at 9:03 pm
RICK WAKEMAN Softsword (Scarce 1991 UK 11-track LP pressed on heavyweight vinyl, inspired by the 1216 siege of Rochester castle by King John & originally composed for the grand finale of that years Dickens Festival. The album is complete witha nice parchment style lyric insert & gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows light wear and the vinyl has minimal sign of play - a great copy! A-IOM3)
- Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII - Tan Label - Ruby red - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $16.56, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2021 14:05)on July 24, 2021 at 9:03 pm
RICK WAKEMAN The Six Wives Of Henry VIII (1973 UK first issue tan A&M label 6-track LP pressed on pressed on Ruby Red Translucent Vinyl [visable when held to a strong light source], featuring contributionsfrom Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White and BillBruford, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some light storage wear and the vinyl has just a few minor surface scuffs AMLH64361)
- Rick Wakeman - Rock N' Roll Prophet - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.80, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 22-Apr-2021 09:38)on July 24, 2021 at 9:03 pm
RICK WAKEMAN Rock N' Roll Prophet (1982 UK 8-track LP, recorded in Switzerland & housed in a tongue-in-cheek picture sleeve. An acquired taste, this was Rick's stab at electro-pop! LUNALP1)
- Mark Knopfler - Local Hero - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2021 13:21)on July 24, 2021 at 9:03 pm
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, including Going Home. The glossy picture sleeve shows some age wear to the edges & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with minimal play VERL4)
- Mark Knopfler - The Ragpickers Dream - UK - 2-CD album set - £9.99, $13.79, €11.69 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2021 11:14)on July 24, 2021 at 9:03 pm
MARK KNOPFLER The Ragpickers Dream (2002 UK limited edition 17-track 2-CD set including the single Why Aye Man and enhanced 5-track LIVE bonus disc including Why Aye Man CD-Rom video)