Ferry Aid – Let It Be

The Townsend Thorsen ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise capsized after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge en route for Dover on the night of 6 March 1987.  In all, 193 people lost their lives.

The S*n newspaper, having sold cheap tickets for the ferry on the day that it went down, arranged for Stock Aitken and Waterman to produce the track.  It also made a request for artists to collaborate.  Initially, the response was slow, but eventually, the likes of Kate Bush, Boy George, Mark Knopfler and Paul McCartney agreed to take part.

The track was recorded over three days between 14-16 March and was released on Monday 23 March.  It entered the UK singles chart in the number one position on 4 April.  It spent a total of three weeks at number one before being ousted by Madonna’s La Isla Bonita.  I bought my copy on 26 March 1987.

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