By Scott T. Sterling
Beach Boys‘ legend Brian Wilson leads an all-star cast of recording artists including Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Elton John, One Direction and many more for an update on the Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, “God Only Knows.” The new version was recorded to celebrate the launch of BBC Music (“an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years,” via The Guardian), with sales benefiting the BBC charity Children in Need.
“All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough,” Wilson told The Guardian. “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.”