"I was totally
shocked at the enormity and suddenness
of the disaster and in tears on seeing
the orphaned children wandering aimlessly
in search of their parents"--
"Pop Stars for
Victims in Asia"--Cliff Richard,
Elton John, Jamie Cullum, Boy George,
Ronan Keating, the Bee Gees are uniting
for a charity single to help raise
funds for the victims of the Indian
Ocean Tsunami. Sir Cliff has already
recorded his vocal part. Boy George
and opera star Russell Watson are
going to sing on the song, entitled
"Grief Never Grows Old".
Ronan Keating (former Boyzone singer)
may contribute from a studio recording
Other stars on the
single will hopefully include surviving
members of the Bee Gees 9 (Robin and
Barry), Jamie Cullum, Chris Rea, and
Olivia Newton-John. The sad song was
written by Radio DJ Mike Read before
the tragedy, who thought it was too
gloomy to release. But now he plans
to have it recorded by a collective
of pop stars under the name "One
World Project". He said the song
was a slow ballad and would work with
around 10 singers, rather than a "singalong"
like the Band Aid 20 single raising
money for famine relief in Africa.
All backing tracks
have already been recorded, and organisers
hope the single can be finished soon
to get it into record stores quickly.
The funds will go to the Disasters
Emergency Committee (DEC), which is
co-ordinating the British relief effort,
and will hopefully raise $4 million
to meet the needs of tsunami survivors.
more about it.