“God Only Knows.” BBC Music does a cover version of Perfect Day.

 

By / / There’s no getting away from it, that’s the cloth from which this was cut. Throughout, we were singing Perfect Day in our heads. Maybe it didn’t help to have Sir Elton in there again – or maybe they wanted that continuity. Whatever its influences or provenence, there’s no doubting that this feels big. Nearly 3 minutes long. This many stars in an ad break on the BBC (which of course they don’t have). I think they’ve made the impression they wanted to make. Only the Beeb could have made this. “The launch of God Only Knows marks a significant moment for the BBC – an extraordinary performance featuring 27 of the most iconic and acclaimed music artists in the world, brought together by the BBC to form ‘The Impossible Orchestra’.” “The BBC came together for the very first time to celebrate music and the role we play in bringing music to UK audiences every day. From BBC Two to BBC Asian Network, BBC World News to BBC Radio Cumbria, all of the BBC’s outlets joined forces in the very first pan-channel broadcast.” “If you look closely, it’s all here – a celebration of the rich musical diversity that we share with audiences every day – from the stunning talent of BBC Young Musician Martin James Bartlett to BBC Introducing’s Florence Welch, and globally recognised UK artists such as Brian May and Sir Elton John, as well as the latest wave of global British talent in One Direction and Sam Smith. It also features some of the BBC’s most recognised voices in music, including Jamie Cullum, Katie Derham, Jools Holland, Lauren Laverne, Zane Lowe and Gareth Malone, whose knowledge and passion for music fuels some of our finest programming. What’s more, the recording will be sold to raise funds for Children in Need, which makes this project even more worthwhile.” All the artists on show appeared, played and sang for free. Having sung his part, Stevie Wonder asked if they wanted him to play the harmonica too. He didn’t have to ask twice. You can find out more about the project here >