East Lancashire musicians work with family of football legend George Best on charity song (From Blackburn Citizen)
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East Lancashire musicians work with family of football legend George Best on charity song
12:53pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
MUSICIANS who were short-listed for a Grammy award are working with George Best’s family to raise awareness of alcoholism with a charity song.
Shakey’s Brother, which has members from Sabden and Bacup, penned ‘Bottom of the Bottle’ a few years ago as a tribute to the charismatic footballer.
But the indie group was stunned when Best’s family contacted them to request it be made into a charity single.
Son Calum Best got in touch and asked the band to help raise awareness of alcoholism in upcoming events.
The song lyrics were penned by lead singer Mark Capstick, and guitarist and vocalist Phil Parker, with the music composed by the band as a whole.
Bottom of the Bottle talks about Best’s struggle with booze while in the spotlight as one of the first celebrity footballers.
Band manager Michael Pink said he was inspired to send the song to George Best’s family by government health campaigns to cut down on drinking.
He said: “It just got me thinking that a lot of people don’t really realise how much they drink, and we are a really boozy nation.
“The band wrote quite a few bio pieces on famous people.
“They’re football fans and they came up with this song on George Best.
“When I got the idea to send it to Calum Best, I wasn’t expecting him to come back to me, but he loved it.
“Now we are talking to Calum, and George’s ex-wives, Angie and Alex, about raising awareness of alcoholism.
“We are talking about doing photo-shoots to launch the single in London next month.
“And we are to donate the money from the single to the Alcohol Abuse Foundation.”
For more information about the campaign, visit www. facebook.com/ shakeysbrother. Alternatively, search YouTube for ‘Bottom of the Bottle’.
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