Sir Tim Rice - Sir Tim Rice Pens Poppy Appeal Single
Acclaimed lyricist Sir Tim Rice has penned a song for the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal to raise money for war veterans and their families.
The Oscar and Grammy-winning writer has teamed up with Army officer-turned-musical star James Fox for the emotional tribute, a country rock song entitled Landlocked.
Fox, who plays Sir Paul MCCartney in the Beatles-themed West End musical Let It Be, originally joined forces with music producer Pete Hobbs but the pair found the lyrics lacking and took the project to Sir Tim, Hobbs' father-in-law, who agreed to help them out.
Sir Tim tells The Times newspaper, "The brief from the British Legion was that it had to be relevant to the guys out (in Afghanistan)... And I thought it would make a change to write something from the soldier's viewpoint.
"The Afghanistan conflict is hardly wildly popular popular. Nevertheless, I think people have enormous respect for the stoicism, courage and dedication of our soldiers."
The Poppy Appeal is held annually in the U.K. in the run-up to Remembrance Day (11Nov) to raise money for war veterans and the families of serving soldiers.