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GOD ONLY KNOWS (The Impossible Orchestra)
“God Only Knows”  is a song written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher for American rock band the Beach Boys, released in May 1966 as the eighth track on the group’s album Pet Sounds.  “God Only Knows” was voted 25 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  A cover version of the song was simulcast across BBC television and radio channels on October 7, 2014, to launch BBC Music.  It featured Brian Wilson himself and other major artists from different musical genres (creating a supergroup called the Impossible Orchestra).  The music video, directed by François Rousselet, features the artists in lavish, fantastical computer generated settings.  The track was released the following day as a charity single for Children in Need 2014.  (More from Wikipedia)

On October 7, 2014, a remarkable assemblage of musicians came together under the name “The Impossible Orchestra” to perform the Beach Boys song “God Only Knows”.  The event was simulcast on BBC Television and BBC Radio stations in order to herald the launch of BBC Music, and the event also made national news in this country.  A recording of the song was released on a single the following day as a fund-raising effort for Children in Need 2014.  The musicians span the spectrum of popular music and included Brian WilsonPharrell WilliamsOne DirectionLordeChrissie HyndeStevie WonderElton John, Chris MartinKylie MinogueDave GrohlBrian May, and many others.  


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As quoted in WikipediaBrian Wilson said of the recording event:  “All of the artists did such a beautiful job. . . .  I can’t thank them enough, I’m just honored that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen.  ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song.  An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.” 

(October 2014)
Last edited: March 22, 2021