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"Grief Never Grows Old" Single to Aid Tsunami Survivors

"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"-- Mike Read

"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 in Switzerland.

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.

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