From The London Evening Standard:
As previously reported, Annie Lennox has donated a set of hand written lyrics of Sweet Dreams to The Teenage Cancer Trust charity to auction at Bonhams in London on December 15th. This features was on Page 3 of last night’s print edition of the paper. The pictures are scans from the newspaper.
Here’s the article from The Evening Standard’s website at www.thisislondon.co.uk :
Song lyrics hand-written by rock stars are to go under the hammer to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.
Music fans will be able to bid for unique souvenirs donated by Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Sting, Chris Rea, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, Gary Barlow and Brian May.
Lennox has written out lyrics from Sweet Dreams, which gave the Eurythmics their first US No 1 single, while Sir Paul has contributed words to Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? from The Beatles‘ 1968 The White Album, once voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the 10th greatest rock album of all time.
Rea has given the charity a scrap of paper including a curry order – and his original lyrics for Road to Hell, famously written on the M25. Sting‘s lot features words from Message In A Bottle, a No 1 for The Police in 1979.
Also going under the hammer will be Brian May’s lyrics for Queen’s huge hit We Will Rock You, which gave its name to the band’s West End musical, and Sir Tim Rice‘s words for the Evita showstopper Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
The Art of the Song project was organised by PRS for Music, which collects and pays royalties to artists, to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The body also hopes to create a “lasting legacy” for British music and song lyrics. Other artists backing the project include Neil Tennant of the Pet Shops Boys and Craig David.
Teenage Cancer Trust funds specialist units helping young people in NHS hospitals. There are 17 units across the country with plans to build a further 16. Its patron, TheWho frontman Roger Daltrey, also organises an annual concert featuring some of the world’s biggest musical acts.
The auction will take place at Bonhams on 15 December. Items can be viewed at www.m-magazine.co.uk
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