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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.

The musicians chosen to be a part of this incredible project reflect Bob's own career in music, from rock legends to new and emerging country artists, Bob has hand-picked every artist to take part in this special 50th anniversary recording. Artists confirmed so far include Mark Knopfler, Darius Rucker, Duane Eddy, Paul Rodgers, Sam Palladio, PP Arnold, Jimmie Allen, Peter Frampton, Rick Wakeman, Richard Thompson, Beth Nielsen Chapman, The Shires and Ward Thomas (full list below).
Keep checking this page as new artists will be added throughout the campaign.

Paul Rodgers: “Whispering Bob gave ‘Free’ one of our first breaks on a TV show he hosted called The Old Grey Whistle Test. For the past 50 years he has constantly supported music and musicians both experienced and up and coming. I am absolutely happy to lend my voice to this iconic hit song and to help Bob support  ‘Help Musicians’ a UK Charity.”

With income streams so badly affected by Covid-19, we are hoping this recording will generate sufficient revenue to benefit our charity partner Help Musicians - a charity that does magnificent work in helping musicians survive in times of difficulty. In these unprecedented times for the music industry, their work is more important than ever.

Help Musicians is an independent charity with an extraordinary history. For nearly 100 years, it has provided a broad spectrum of help, support and opportunities to empower musicians aged 18+, at any stage of their career or retirement.

James Ainscough, CEO Help Musicians: “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.”

The single will be released on the 60th anniversary of the day the original was first recorded by Ben E. King on October 27th.

If you can, a donation will be greatly appreciated. If you're not in a position to be able to donate just now, sharing this GoFundMe will hugely help to raise awareness as well.

Thank you so much for being a part of something special.

Bob & team UTAT x

Full list of confirmed musicians (so far)
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
Laura Oakes
Judith Owen
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

Rick Wakeman
Anna Corcoran

Leland Sklar
Scott Warman

Jeremy Stacey
Pedro Segundo

Amy Chalmers
Georgina Leach
Caleb Elliott
Gabriella Swallow

Pedal Steel:
CJ Hillman

Nigel Stonier

Bob Harris


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