Bob Harris, legendary broadcaster and longstanding Help Musicians Ambassador, has coordinated the likes of Darius Rucker, Mark Knopfler, Rosanne Cash, Rick Wakeman and many more to cover of the classic Ben E King hit Stand By Me in aid of Help Musicians.
After months of planning, coordinating, curating and remote recording, ‘Whispering Bob’ Harris and his cast of Allstars have officially released #StandByMe2020, available to stream or buy from today (27 October).
Stand By Me is Harris’s favourite song and 27 October marks 60 years since the iconic original made its first appearance on airwaves. The incredible efforts of the musicians and team behind the single have already seen their Go Fund Me page reach over £15,000.
The single, in aid of Help Musicians, comes at a time when support for musicians is needed more than ever. Since lockdown began, tens of thousands of musicians have seen their income decimated as live performances, tour and sessions have been cancelled. With the future still uncertain for so many artists, performers and musicians, the money raised from Stand By Me will provide vital help to those trying to navigate the challenging landscape.
Darius Rucker, Mark Knopfler, Rosanne Cash, Rick Wakeman, Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, John Oates, Leo Sayer, The Shires and Ward Thomas are just some of the names Harris called upon to contribute to the single, which is available via Under The Apple Tree Records in partnership with Absolute Label Services.
You can now purchase or stream Stand By Me here.
Huge thanks to Bob Harris, his team and all of the brilliant artists who so kindly contributed their amazing efforts to this unique single!
Full list of performers:
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Siobhan Maher Kennedy