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Duet with opera star Alessandro Safina

Friday 3 May 2002 @ 3:05 - GMT

Elton has secretly re-recorded his classic hit Your Song as the centre-piece of Sport Relief, sister charity campaign to Comic Relief. Elton has teamed up with opera star Alessandro Safina to perform the rousing duet, released on July 1, 2002.

The sure-fire number one - recently voted Elton's all-time best song by fans - was recorded in New York earlier this month.

The video will make its TV debut on World Cup Final day on BBC1 when the soccer-mad Elton will be quizzed about his favourite FA Cup memories.

Elton said "I first recorded Your Song in 1969 and it has always been one of my most popular. I know some purists will think it wrong to re-record it, but I think this version with Alessandro Safina is inspiring."Sport has the power to change people's lives and, hopefully, people like me who live for music and sport can use their passion to help make real changes to the lives of others."

Months of fund-raising will culminate in a live five-hour TV extravaganza on July 13 combining sport and entertainment. Comic Relief has donated £220million to causes across the world since its 1985 launch, and Sport Relief aims to add millions more. For more info go to www.sportrelief.com