Hear Dozens of Musicians Join Together for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ Benefiting Music Education in Public Schools


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“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is largely considered one of the best and most beloved songs The Beatles ever released — and it’s the focus of a new charitable endeavor spearheaded by singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Joey Sykes.

Sykes, known for his work as the lead guitarist of The Babys, gathered a host of his musical friends and colleagues (among them Steve Ferrone, Gregg Bissonette, Tommy Henriksen, Peter Stroud, Earl Slick, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and more) to record a guitar-focused cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” with proceeds benefiting Little Kids Rock and Save The Music, two national music education non-profits. Click here to make a donation.  

“It’s not easy to pull together artists of this caliber to record in normal times, let alone during a pandemic,” Sykes said in a statement regarding this project, “but the challenges of making music together from a distance are the same for us as they are for music teachers and students across the country right now, and they don’t all have the experience, support, and equipment that we do.”

Here’s a full list of the musicians lending their talents to this project:

Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Average White Band, Chaka Khan)
Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, Toto, David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani)
Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow, Don Henley)
Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon, John Waite)
Kirk Lloyd Douglas (The Roots- Jimmy Fallon show)
Joey Sykes (The Babys, Meredith Brooks, Honey River)
Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires, solo artist)
Mitch Perry (Lita Ford, The Sweet)
Jon Levin (Dokken)
Angus Clark (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Kevin Eubanks (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
Kat Dyson (Prince, Cyndi Lauper)
Jason Sinay (Dirty Knobs w/ Mike Campbell)
Tariqh Akoni (Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Herbie Hancock)
Fernando Perdomo (Echo in the Canyon)
Billy Alexander (YYNOT, John Waite)
TAZ (Solo artist)
Ryan Waters (Sade, Nancy Wilson, Liv Warfield)
Walter Ino (The Babys, Survivor, Eagles of Death Metal)
Lance Lopez (Solo artist)
Dan Kalisher (Don Felder, Fitz & the Tantrums)
Jake Shimabukuro (popular Hawaiian artist)
Dave Eggar (Foreigner, Amy Winehouse, Paul Simon, Zayn Malik)
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish, Beck)
Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken)
Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Little Steven, Beyonce, James Brown)

With this project, Joey Sykes has now premiered two thoughtful musical efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in April, he shared an uplifting new song/video titled “Let’s Get Through This”:


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