SHEFFIELD song king Eliot Kennedy and best pal Gary Barlow have a right royal reason to sparkle today - they are top of the pops with their Diamond Jubilee song, writes Graham Walker.
Sing, the song they co-produced and recorded on a round-the-world trip to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary, is the title track of the official commemorative album.
And it’s topped the UK album charts.
Sing also made its debut in the singles chart at number 11.
Eliot, aged 43, and Gary, 41, visited key Commonwealth locations around the world, including Australia, Africa, Jamaica and the Solomon Islands, recording tribal choirs, amazing regional musicians, the Military Wives Choir conducted by Gareth Malone and even got Prince Harry to play tambourine on the song.
Their story was also told in a BBC 1 documentary, On Her Majesty’s Service - see iPlayer link below.
Around 200 people will join them to perform the song live for the Queen on a two-and-a-half hour star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace, to be broadcast live to a global audience of millions, on BBC1 tonight (Monday, June 4), at 7.30pm.
Pop legends Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and more are also on the bill.
Grammy-Award winner Eliot, who at his Sheffield Steelworks Studios has written and produced for the likes of The Spice Girls, Take That and Bryan Adams, said helping to top the album charts with Sing is a career highlight.
He broke off from rehearsals for the Buckingham Palace show to tell The Star: “This amazing project has been an incredible experience from the start. It has been a privilege and a honour to help produce the song for our Queen.
“We are now absolutely thrilled the album is top of the charts, where the public decided it deserves to be.
“Gary has been incredible. He’s worked so hard on the song, the album and the live show. It’s going to be a spectacular concert.”
Speaking about the success of the album ahead of the concert, Gary said: “I couldn’t have wished for anything more on this momentous weekend.”
Sing co-writer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webbed said of the album’s chart success: “I’m absolutely thrilled, this is a burst of sunshine on a rainy Sunday, let’s hope the sun shines on Gary’s concert.”