A multi-artist cover of Eric Clapton’s 1992 hit single “Tears in Heaven” will raise money for the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southern Asia and Eastern Africa. The recording will feature the talents of veteran U.K. artists Elton John, Phil Collins and Rod Stewart, operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli, and metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and his daughter Kelly. Proceeds will be donated to Save the Children.
John will record his part tonight (Jan. 20) in London, followed tomorrow by Bocelli. Collins plans to record his contribution near his home in Switzerland while Stewart and the Osbournes will do their vocals in Los Angeles.
The release is being organized by Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, who says she felt personally affected by the tragedy because her family was due to visit Thailand three days after the tsunami struck on Dec. 26.
“My heart goes out to every person affected by this tragedy and that is why I am putting this together in the hope of raising more funds to help these people rebuild their lives, especially the children,” she says.
“Tears in Heaven” was originally written by Clapton as a tribute to his four-year-old son Conor, who died in 1991 when he fell from a window in New York. Released on the Clapton-scored “Rush” film soundtrack, the song reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, No. 2 on the Hot 100 and No. 9 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally.
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