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New single to aid victims of tsunami

Elton John, Rod Stewart, Pink among participants
/ Source: The Associated Press

Elton John and Andrea Bocelli are joining several other major recording artists to produce a single to aid victims of the Asian tsunami.

John was to record his contribution to a cover of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” at a London studio Thursday, with Bocelli recording on Friday.

The single is an initiative of Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, and proceeds will go to benefit aid organization Save the Children’s operations in tsunami-affected regions.

Additional recordings for the single — which also will feature singing from Pink, Rod Stewart, actor Robert Downey Jr., Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Gwen Stefani, Phil Collins, Josh Groban and Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler — are planned in Los Angeles next week, organizers said.

“Tears in Heaven” was recorded by Clapton as a tribute to his 4-year-old son, Conor, who died in 1991 after falling from the window of a New York City apartment.

A release date for the charity single hasn’t been set.