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Friday, May 18, 2012
Listen carefully to Gary Barlow’s single for the Diamond Jubilee and you’ll be able to hear Prince Harry making his recording debut.
While the prince refused to sing on the track, called Sing, he agreed to bash a tambourine which the Take That star recorded.
The track, called Sing, was written by Barlow and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and also features the chart-topping Military Wives.
When it is released later this month it is expected to be the first chart single to feature a specially-recorded member of the royal family.
Barlow said of Harry: “He’s fun and relaxed and he’s a really nice kid.
“We caught him on his last day in Jamaica. We turned up and I asked him would he play on the record and he said ‘I don’t sing’. But I said ‘no, no - I don’t want you to sing, I want you to play the tambourine’. And so he said it’ll cost you.
“Then we met him later on that night and he did the tambourine hit and we spun it into the track. He probably hasn’t got a clue what he’s part of just yet.”
Barlow has also revealed that Harry’s father Prince Charles was the brains behind the single.
He had been planning to put the track together in the UK but the Prince of Wales advised him the Queen would appreciate a track drawn from across the Commonwealth.
Charles’s idea led Barlow to travel to Australia, Kenya, Jamaica and the Solomon Islands in search of guest musicians, singers and inspiration.
Barlow visited Prince Charles while he was preparing to record the song.
“He was the first guy I saw and his bit was actually key,” the singer said.
“I had a list of questions I wanted to ask him - what does the Queen like, what does she listen to? And he came into the room with six CDs. We were like ‘Okay, what’s this?’.
“And he said ‘Well, I’ve brought some of my music collection cos you need to understand that because we travel so much, we get to hear so much music - it’s not what you’d think’. So I was shocked.
“I was like ‘Have you ever even talked about music on camera before and he said ‘No-one’s ever asked me about music’.
“It was a really eclectic bunch, from Cole Porter to people you’ve never heard of - from Africa, folk bands, mento bands from Jamaica, and I was intrigued by it cos it was music from the Commonwealth.”
Barlow continued: “So in my chat with him he said ‘If you really want the Queen to like this, find people; go and travel and find people’.”
Barlow and Lloyd Webber visited Windsor Castle last week to play the track to the Queen, along with footage from his travels, and she was impressed with the results.
“She loved it,” he said.
The track is credited to Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band, which includes 210 musicians from across the Commonwealth - one of the largest groups of musicians to appear on a UK single.
The song will be performed live at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4.
Sing will be given its first radio play on Chris Evans’s breakfast show on Radio 2 at 8am today and will be released by Decca Records on May 28.