Watch a Rendition of ‘Stand By Me’ Benefiting the U.K. Charity Help Musicians (ft. Peter Frampton, Rosanne Cash, John Oates, Paul Rodgers, Rick Wakeman & More)

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Peter Frampton, Rosanne Cash, Paul Rodgers, Rick Wakeman and a host of other music legends recently contributed to a new all-star charity rendition of the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me.” 

Bob Harris, or “Whispering Bob” as he’s known among his audience, is an esteemed English music presenter/BBC2 host (The Old Grey Whistle Test), and he’s at the forefront of the new collaborative charity single from a host of prominent musicians. It’s all geared around raising money for Help Musicians, “the leading U.K. charity for musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.”

There’s a GoFundMe page set up for this project, which includes additional details about its scope:

2020 marks 60 years since the recording of Ben E. King’s seminal single ‘Stand By Me.’ It is Whispering Bob Harris’ favourite song of all time.

Coincidentally, 2020 also marks 50 years since Bob began his own seminal broadcasting career. 

With this outstanding coincidence in mind, we thought it gives the perfect opportunity to bring the music community together to record an extremely special version of the song to raise much needed funds for musicians all over the country. The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated musicians’ sources of income, and with no prospect of gigs beginning to take place again any time soon, we wanted to help musicians everywhere stay afloat.

This very special recording of Stand By Me will feature some of the finest musicians on earth, all contributing their parts from isolation in locations across the world to make one incredible project.

Here’s the song and its video, editing together various at-home performances from the participating artists:

And the full list of participating artists and musicians:

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

Electric guitar:
Gregor Philp
Mark Knopfler
Steve Cradock
Gabriel Rhodes
Duane Eddy
Peter Frampton

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

Pedal steel guitar:
C.J. Hillman

Rick Wakeman
Anna Corcoran

Hammond organ:
Nigel Stonier

Leland Sklar
Scott Warman

Jeremy Stacey
Pedro Segundo

Amy Chalmers
Georgina Leach

Gabriella Swallow
Caleb Elliott

Bob Harris


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