More exciting Poppy Appeal news today!
The Official Poppy Appeal single for 2011 - â€˜Iâ€™ve Gotta Get a Message to Youâ€™ - performed by The Soldiers and Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb, is going to be released nationwide on October 23rd.
The Soldiersâ€™ royalties will go to The Royal British Legionâ€™s annual fundraising drive, which will be launched nationally on October 27th. It is the first time serving soldiers have released the Official Single for the Poppy Appeal, which will focus this year on the Legionâ€™s assistance in the recovery of injured Armed Forces personnel.
The track has been produced by the renowned Nick Patrick (he has worked with the fantastic Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson) and Jeff Chegwin. Robin Gibb wrote the song with his brothers Barry and Maurice, and it was originally recorded by the Bee Gees in 1968, becoming their second number one single on the UK singles chart.
Robin Gibb said, â€˜Although not written all those years back about soldiers, it can represent theÂ human emotions of servicemen â€“ or in this case, a single soldier. Itâ€™s about being trappedÂ in a corner far from home, brave but scared and thinking of loved ones. These men and women deserve our respect and we need to remind ourselves that they â€“ including of course Ryan, Gary and Richie â€“ are prepared to lay downÂ their lives for our freedoms.â€™
The Soldiers â€“ Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi â€“ were aware of Robin Gibbâ€™s charitable work for the Armed Forces and were already big fans of the Bee Gees when they approached Robin and asked if he would be up for a duet with them. They were over the moon when he agreed!