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Friday, November 21, 1997 Published at 19:08 GMT


Children to reap what Perfect Day sows
image: [ A galaxy of stars for a Perfect Number One ]
A galaxy of stars for a Perfect Number One

A music video which started out as an advert for the BBC is being tipped by industry experts to become the new UK Number One single on Sunday and earn hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

The new version of Lou Reed's classic ballad "Perfect Day" is sung by pop stars such as Bono, Elton John, David Bowie, Suzanne Vega and the songwriter himself. There are singers and musicians from almost every genre including jazz (Courtney Pine), reggae (Burning Spear), country (Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris) blues (Dr John) and classical music (Lesley Garrett).

"I have never been more impressed with a performance of one of my songs," said Lou Reed of the contributions of the 27 artists.

The BBC made the music video with the aim of promoting the diversity of music it broadcasts. The stars performed for a token fee. But it prompted a huge demand from the public for the version to be released as a single.

It has now been released this week to coincide with the annual Children In Need charity appeal. The stars have waived their royalties to allow all proceeds to go to children's charities.

With the artists taking turns to sing the lines of "Perfect Day", it matches the style of successful charity records of the past, most notably Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" in aid of famine in Africa. The song climaxes with Tom Jones singing "You're gonna reap just what you sow" to the accompaniment of a symphony orchestra and gospel choir. The video can also be seen on the Internet at the "Perfect Day" home page.

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