50 Rockers Record Benefit Song for St Jude’s Hospital!

St. Jude's Rockers

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is dedicated to one things saving children’s lives. It exists through the generosity and vision of the late Danny Thomas. When a child is admitted to St. Jude’s the family is not required to spend a dime on treatment, travel, accommodation – the hospital’s position is that the family should have only one focus, the health of their child.

In the tradition of of We Are the World, fifty classic rockers have banded together as the Rockers for St. Jude and recorded a single called If I Had the Time (I Could change the World). Written by legendary guitarist/songwriter Dick Wagner (Aerosmith, Alice Cooper Lou Reed, KISS) – and featuring Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Trini Lopez, Chicago founder Danny Seraphine and many more – the song is available now on download sites. Fifty cents from each download will benefit the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in finding cures for pediatric catastrophic diseases.

For more, check out the press release following the jump

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Historic Song Recorded by Over Fifty Classic Rock n Roll Artists: Download to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

(Los Angeles, CA) December 16, 2013 – In one of the most memorable collaborations since “We are the World,” the Rockers For St. Jude, a gathering of celebrated musicians from the history of rock n roll, joined talents during The Rock n Roll Autograph Show in Los Angeles to record “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World).”  Available now on digital download sites, fifty cents from each download of the song will benefit the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in finding cures for pediatric catastrophic diseases.  The Rockers for St. Jude challenge rock n roll fans around the world to spread “rock n hope” by downloading and sharing the song this holiday season.

The benefit song is written and produced by legendary lead guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner (“The Maestro of Rock,” Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, KISS).  Wagner tells us,“There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away. This song is about giving a small part of that endless supply in your heart.”

Among the more than 50 Rockers performing are Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) on lead vocals; Chicago founder Danny Seraphine on drums; bass superstar Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Parton, Jackson Brown); Fred Mandel on piano (Alice Cooper, Queen, Supertramp, Elton John); guitarists Elliot Easton (The Cars) and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson); and legendary Trini Lopez on lead vocals.  The Rockers for St. Jude combined have sold hundreds of millions of records globally across the span of their careers. (See full list of Rockers at bottom of release.)

“When I wrote this song to benefit St. Jude children, I thought about what a song can mean in the context of our inner lives, the part that is willing to give, to help others in a time of need.  “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” embraces the notion that we can do something positive to help change lives,” Producer Dick Wagner says.  “The children are the purpose of this song. By downloading this song, we can all make a difference – one download at a time.”

“If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” is available for download worldwide. Buy it on iTunes, Amazon.com, cdbaby.com, and on digital download sites around the world.  The perfect holiday gift from the heart!

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View the YouTube Video: youtube.com/watch?v=zHIgQkmXaWg

Download the song here to donate to St. Jude!



Donating their time to record the song for St. Jude are celebrity musicians: Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Lee Sklar (James Taylor) Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Trini Lopez (Lemon Tree), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Merilee Rush (Angel of the Morning), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Jean Beauvoir (The Plasmatics), Laurie Beebe Lewis (The New Mamas and the Papas), Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas), The Angels (My Boyfriend’s Back), Dick and Dee Dee (Mountain High), Chris Sanders (Knight Fury), Fred Mandel (Elton John), Ray Colcord (Lou Reed), Nadir D’Priest (London), David Shankle (Manowar), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Chris Holmes (Wasp), Billy Hinsche (Beach Boys), Black Oak Arkansas, Raymond Calhoun (Gap Band), Micki Free (Shalamar), the Artimus Pyle Band, Tim Bogert (Beck, Bogert and Appice), Prescott Niles (The Knack), Richie Onori (The Sweet), Donna Loren (Beach Blanket Bingo), John Claude Gummoe (Rhythm of the Rain), Michael Angelo Batio (#1 Guitar World Magazine Best Shredder), Sal Valentino (Beau Brummels), Tony Valentino (The Standells), Ross the Boss Friedman (Manowar), Chris Holmes (WASP), and more. Acoustic guitar solos performed by producer Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, KISS, Peter Gabriel). Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood CA donated the recording studio time, and engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith) has donated his engineering and mixing talents. The music video and documentary was filmed and directed by an award-winning team, led by cinematographer/DP Enzo Giobbe, joined by Jeremy Lanni of Noble Savage Productions and film editor, Karl Rausch (Louder than Love.)

Photo Credit Rockers for St. Jude, Captions Below

The Rockers for St. Jude record “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood CA. Photo Michael Easley

Producer/Songwriter Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, KISS). Photo Sue Wood
Dick Wagner conducts the Children of Rock Choir™ Photo Michael Easley
Dick Wagner, Elliot Easton. Photo Randall Michelson