Louis Tomlinson records Beach Boys classic for Children In Need

.Louis Tomlinson
.Louis Tomlinson

Doncaster pop sensation Louis Tomlinson has teamed up with a galaxy of stars to record Beach Boys classic God Only Knows for Children In Need.

He and his One Direction band mates joined forces with some of the music world’s biggest names for the new track.

The chart-topping boy-band are accompanied by the likes of Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue and Queen’s Brian May on a charity reworking of 1966 classic.

Dubbed The Impossible Orchestra, the collaborative effort was premiered in a unique pan-broadcasting moment on Tuesday when all of the BBC’s TV, radio and online channels premiered the track at 8pm, to officially launch BBC Music.

Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith and Florence Welch are also part of the creative ensemble, which is headed by Brian Wilson - who famously wrote and produced the song.

“I just feel so incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose God Only Knows,” Wilson said in a statement.

“All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honored that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. It is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hydne are also on board.

Joining them are jazz performer Jamie Cullum, the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland and others.

The accompanying video was filmed in the dilapidated Alexandra Palace Theatre, which was home to the first-ever BBC broadcast almost one-hundred years ago.

BBC local and national radio stations, BBC World Service, 1Xtra, 4 Xtra, Asian Network and BBC iPlayer and iPlayer Radio also came together to play the song at 20:00 BST.

Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music, said in a statement: ‘This ‘impossible’ orchestra is a celebration of all the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC.’

David Ransden, BBC Children in Need Chief Executive, added: ‘We are really excited by this amazing collaboration. The money raised will help us to change the lives of thousands of children and young people right here in the UK.’

Originally released on the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, the song was the first pop recording to feature the name ‘God’ in its title.

It peaked at number two in the UK charts and has repeatedly been named one of the best hit singles of all-time.