Sir Elton John, Sting, and James Taylor were part of a star-studded benefit for the world's rainforests that took place at Carnegie Hall earlier this week. The three stars all chose songs to sing that were a part of the evening's two-hour "Songs from the Silver Screen" theme.
Sir Elton John performed a duet with Bruno Mars of the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody," while James Taylor sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Shall We Dance," and "Ol' Man River." Sting sang "Suicide is Painless" and "Be Bop a Lula," while also joining John and actress Meryl Streep for a performance of the Wizard of Oz classic, "If I Only Had a Brain."
Other performers included Jennifer Hudson and Vince Gill, who were all backed by the 40-piece St. Luke's Orchestra.
The evening's special guest speaker was none other than former President Bill Clinton. Clinton urged the crowd to realize that the plight of the rainforests was something that impacted everyone in the room.
"You have more in common with those isolated native tribes and those people who know how to care for their habitat than you can possibly imagine," he said.
The Rainforest Fund is a biennial event put together by Trudie Styler and has been going strong since 1988.
by RTT Staff Writer
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