BBC Radio 2’s BOB HARRIS Sets Up Allstar Version Of #STANDBYME (2020) for HELP MUSICIANS

It's an excellent cover, featuring some of Bob's favourite artists including Mark Knopfler, Rosanne Cash, Rick Wakeman, Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, John Oates, Leo Sayer, The Shires, Ward Thomas and lots more!
16 October 2020


With very little government support, COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on musicians and the live music scene so it’s nice to see BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris doing what he can to help. He’s organised a star-studded version of Stand By Me, with proceeds going to Help Musicians.

It’s an excellent cover, featuring some of Bob’s favourite artists including Mark Knopfler, Rosanne Cash, Rick Wakeman, Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, John Oates, Leo Sayer, The Shires, Ward Thomas and lots more! (See full list below) It had its first play last week on Steve Wright’s BBC 2 Radio show, and the video had its world premiere with Rolling Stone Magazine. 

For nearly 100 years, Help Musicians has provided a broad spectrum of help and opportunities to empower musicians, providing a lifetime of support when it is needed most. Here’s James Ainscough, CEO Help Musicians: “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.” 

It’s a great version and a great charity – if you can donate anything visit:

The track will be available to buy and stream from 27th October. 

#STANDBYME (2020) ARTISTS (in alphabetical order) 

· Anna Corcoran 

· Beth Nielsen Chapman 

· Callaghan 

· Darius Rucker 

· Demi Marriner 

· Duane Eddy 

· Elles Bailey 

· Gregor Philp 

· Jamie Lawson 

· Jimmie Allen 

· John Oates 

· Judie Tzuke 

· Judith Owen 

· Keb Mo 

· Kiki Dee 

· Laura Cantrell 

· Laura Oakes 

· Leo Sayer 

· Mark Knopfler 

· Mollie Marriott 

· P.P. Arnold 

· Paul Rodgers 

· Peter Frampton 

· Richard Thompson 

· Rick Wakeman 

· Robbie Cavanagh 

· Robert Vincent 

· Rosanne Cash 

· Sam Outlaw 

· Sam Palladio 

· Steve Cradock 

· The Shires 

· Twinnie 

· Ward Thomas 

· Wildwood Kin