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UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell And Astro Release NHS Charity Single

Monday, 20 April 2020 Written by Sophie Williams

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro have released an uplifting charity single.

Discussing the reworking of the late Bill Withers classic Lean On Me, Campbell said:

"Astro and I have really felt it was the track that encapsulated everything that’s going on at the moment, we’re all needing to lean on our NHS heroes. We wanted to make our contribution to this great cause; covering this song was the perfect way to show our appreciation. I’m sure Bill Withers would have been happy to see his beautiful song put to such great use.”

Astro also commented:

“I can’t praise our wonderful NHS enough. My incredible mother was diagnosed with leukaemia back in 2003 which was a blow to the whole family, but I’m happy to say she was successfully treated at the Heartlands & Queen Elizabeth hospitals in Birmingham! She sadly passed on 18th Dec 2013 aged 82. In my heart I know they gave her the best treatment possible, and I thank them for that! 

"What made me realise what a different breed our doctors and nurses truly are was, as busy as they were, they’d still somehow find the time to have a chat with my mother, genuinely making her feel like she wasn’t there on her own and forgotten about. I know they didn’t have to, but they did, they’d go that extra mile. The same goes for care workers that helped her to convalesce, all that makes them so special! You can teach people to do almost anything, but you can’t teach people to care! Our NHS, they care.” 

All proceeds from the track will go to NHS Charities Together Urgent Covid-19 Appeal to support frontline workers throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This is not the first time that Campbell and Astro have supported the NHS through their music; in 2018 they worked on the Jon Cohen-produced cover of With A Little Help From My Friends to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the British healthcare system. The single also featured vocals from NHS singers, Nile Rogers, Gabrielle, Guy Garvey and Seal, among others.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun June 21 2020 - WOODSTOCK Blenheim Palace
Sun July 26 2020 - LONDON Crystal Palace Park

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