Terry and Aled drumming up support for BBC Children in Need
Sir Terry Wogan and Aled Jones' recording of the Bing Crosby and David Bowie classic, Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth, is set to be released as a single to help raise money for BBC Children in Need.
The track was originally recorded for Bandaged: With A Little Help From My Friends, an album of family favourites featuring the vocal talents of radio personalities including Ken Bruce, Mark Radcliffe and Eamonn Holmes, which was released online earlier this month to raise funds for Children in Need.
The enthusiastic support of BBC Radio 2's Drivetime host, Chris Evans, who believes the "magnificent" song is destined for chart greatness, helped lead to several offers from record companies and the track will now be released as a single on Monday 8 December 2008.
And this is not the first time the two Radio 2 presenters have enjoyed chart success.
Terry's Floral Dance reached number 21 in 1978, with a bouquet-wielding performance on Top Of The Pops that could have inspired Morrissey, whilst Aled Jones enjoyed a number three hit in 1985 with Walking In The Air.
As well as Little Drummer Boy, the single will feature three bonus tracks: Clare Teal's Swing On A Star; Puff The Magic Dragon by Sally "Traffic" Boazman and The Storys; and Mark Radcliffe's version of Right Said Fred.
Every single copy sold will help BBC Children in Need's total continue to rise above the record-breaking £20,991,216 reached at the end of the BBC One appeal show, with a minimum of £1 from the sale of each CD single benefiting the charity, as well as a minimum of 20p per download and 60p per bundled download.
Aled Jones says: "It was a fantastically surreal experience recording at Abbey Road Studios with Sir Terry Wogan and, with tremendous support from the Chris Evans Show, the song is gaining momentum daily.
"I don't know if this wave of support will take us all the way to Top Of The Pops but we're having a lot of fun helping raise money for Children in Need."
Terry Wogan says: "Aled Jones sings like the canary that he is but listeners may also detect my croaking in the background and wonder if it's a rumbling of the stomach!"
Notes to Editors
The single will be released by Warners Music Entertainment and the tracks have been licensed to Warners free-of-charge by TOGs Calendar.
The Bandaged project was originally launched by Hellen Bach and Norman Macintosh whose business partnership, TOGs Calendar, raises money all year round for BBC Children in Need.
They are supported by an ever-growing number of volunteers, the Calendar Crew, who package and distribute merchandise from their homes.
Last year, the TOGs – dedicated listeners to Terry Wogan's Radio 2 Breakfast show known as Terry's Old Geezers or Gals – helped raise £1,158,143 for Children in Need.
For more information about TOGs and Bandaged please visit charitygoods.com.
The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose mission is to positively change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Every year, thanks to public donations and the amazing efforts of fundraisers, schools, businesses and corporate partners, Children in Need is able to make a difference to thousands of young lives. For more information please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey.