Brian May, Elton John and Others Lead All-Star ‘God Only Knows’ Cover
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The BBC has gathered more than two dozen artists for its new BBC Music campaign to record an all-star cover of the Beach Boys‘ classic ‘God Only Knows.’ And who’s that center stage, sitting at a piano with a tiger perched on top in the above video? The song’s composer, Brian Wilson, of course!
In the above video, tons of musicians — ranging from Brian May and Elton John to Dave Grohl and Lorde to Pharrell And Chris Martin — sing the Beach Boys’ 1966 song, a highlight of their legendary ‘Pet Sounds’ album. The sheer number of performers is whiplash-inducing.
The song benefits a charity single for BBC Children in Need. As the BBC explains, “The unveiling of BBC Music marks a celebration of brilliant musical talent in this country and beyond, and showcases the BBC’s ongoing support for music programs, partnerships and ground breaking music initiatives.”
The performers’ list is extensive. Can you name everybody in the video above? Pitchfork helpfully runs down everyone so you don’t have to stop the video every five seconds: “Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Lorde, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Kylie Minogue, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, Queen’s Brian May, Elton John, One Direction, Jake Bugg, Emeli Sandé, Paloma Faith, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, and Jaz Dhami. BBC personalities Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland also participate. They were joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.”