Sting records "The Dock of the Bay" for Alzheimer's Association fundraiser

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Sting, Joan Jett, and Nile Rodgers, are among the artists who have contributed to the new "Music Moments" online tracks in conjunction of the Alzheimer’s Association, for a project "where artists tackle songs they appreciate on an emotional level." Sting, who contributed a cover of Otis Redding's posthumous chart-topper, "(Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay," explained to Rolling Stone, "When I was 16, I had no idea how to achieve my dreams. And so I lived near the river in my town. I’d go down to the ferry and I’d watch ships go back and forth. I wondered where they were going, and I realized my life was like that. I had to leave where I was."

Sting went on to say, "My wife’s mother died from premature Alzheimer’s, and it’s a tragic and horrifying disease. It’s a potential in all of our lives, so whatever research we do at this present time is absolutely important."

Other artists who have contributed music to the project are Sharon Van Etten,Jason Isbell,Band Of Horses, Lee Ann Womack, Anthony Hamilton,Brett Eldredge, and The Head And The Heart.

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