Bob Harris OBE releases Allstar cast cover of Stand By Me in support of Help Musicians

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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:
Vocalists:
Darius Rucker
Peter Frampton
Rosanne Cash
Sam Palladio
Judie Tzuke
Richard Thompson
Jamie Lawson
John Oates
Jimmie Allen
Catherine McGrath
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Keb’ Mo’
Kiki Dee
Ward Thomas
The Shires
Marc Cohn
Leo Sayer
PP Arnold
Wildwood Kin
Thea Gilmore
Elles Bailey
Robert Vincent
Sam Outlaw
Twinnie
Laura Oakes
Judith Owen
Callaghan
Mollie Marriott
Mandy Barnett
Dan Bettridge
Laura Cantrell
Martyn Joseph
Kimmie Rhodes
Demi Marriner
Robbie Cavanagh
Eric Brace
Siobhan Maher Kennedy
Jonny Morgan

Electric Guitar:
Mark Knopfler
Duane Eddy
Richard Thompson
Peter Frampton
Steve Cradock
Gabriel Rhodes
Gregor Philp

Acoustic Guitar:
Keb’ Mo’
Jamie Lawson
Nigel Stonier
Gregor Philp

Piano:
Rick Wakeman
Anna Corcoran

Bass:
Leland Sklar
Scott Warman

Drums:
Jeremy Stacey
Pedro Segundo

Strings:
Amy Chalmers
Georgina Leach
Caleb Elliott
Gabriella Swallow

Pedal Steel:
CJ Hillman

Hammond:
Nigel Stonier

Triangle:
Bob Harris


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