An all-star cast including Sir Elton John, Lorde, Pharrell, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder and Dave Grohl have recorded the Beach Boys classic ‘God Only Knows’ with the songs creator Brian Wilson.
The video was created to launch BBC Music, the BBC’s new music venture.
The song, backed by The Impossible Orchestra with Jools Holland, also features Florence Welch, Brian May, Emilie Sande, Kylie Minogue, Eliza Carthy, Nicola Benedetti, One Direction, Chrissie Hynde, Jake Bugg, Katie Derham, Lauren Laverne, Gareth Malone, Alison Balsom, Danielle de Niese, Jamie Cullum, Zane Lowe Jaz Dhami, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith and Baaba Maal.
The song will be released as a charity single for this year’s BBC Children In Need appeal. Ethan Johns is the producer. “I feel like I’ve taken a thousand piece puzzle and thrown them in the air. I’m standing there trying to grab them as they come down and put them into place,” he explained.
The recording took place over one year.