New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund

The dB's are offering their newly recorded, previously unreleased version of the Motown classic "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" to help raise money for the displaced musicians of New Orleans.

Hurricane Katrina is a disaster of such epic proportions that it would be pretentious to write about in the context of the website for a rock band. Suffice it to say that New Orleans IS the home of American music. Period. Not "was," either.

Not one but two members of The dB's have been made homeless by Katrina. Peter Holsapple and his family are fine, but their home is almost certainly beyond salvaging. Jeff Beninato is also fine but had to evacuate; his second-floor apartment may or may not have escaped damage, he doesn't know yet (and may not for a long time).

They don't need immediate financial help, but many New Orleans musicians do. Jeff Beninato met with some great people at Chase Bank in Chicago and, in conjunction with New Orleans Director of Music Development Scott Aiges, has set up the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund. Donations to the fund will go directly toward getting struggling musical artists back on their feet. It will provide money for food and shelter to those without, and hopefully replace musical equipment that was lost.

"What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"
performed by The dB's

Peter Holsapple: lead vocal, piano, organ
Gene Holder: electric bass
Will Rigby: drums
Chris Stamey: guitars and harmonies

strings and additional Leslie organ, Brandon Bush

Initially recorded by George Cowan at Water Music, Hoboken, NJ
Produced and mixed by Chris Stamey at Modern Recording, Chapel Hill, NC
Mastered by Brent Lambert, Kitchen Mastering
Executive production by Jefferson Holt
An Orange Sound Production (c) (p) 2005

Written by James Dean, Paul Riser, and William Weatherspoon
Published by Stone Agate Music BMI/Jobete Music Co. ASCAP

This song, originally a hit by Jimmy Ruffin in 1966, was recorded January 2005 along with the already available "World to Cry" and several other originals.

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Simply click on the "Donate" button below and follow the simple instructions.

A minimum contribution of $5 is suggested, but give whatever you can afford. If you can afford a lot, give a lot. If not, give what you can.

After you've made your PayPal donation, you will receive a link to an mp3 of a brand-new recording by the dBs, "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted".

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