When the call came for a star-studded musical tribute to America’s soldiers in the gulf, there was no shortage of enlistments. Maybe because singing ability wasn’t a requirement. Among the nearly 100 celeb recruits who showed up at a Bur-bank, Calif., studio last week to tape “Voices That Care” were pros like Debbie Gibson and Kenny Rogers as well as stick-to-the-shower types like Kevin Costner, Sally Field and Orel Hershiser. Even Mike Tyson managed a heavyweight hum for the single and video to be released this month, with proceeds going to the USO and the American Red Cross Gulf Crisis Fund.
The project, conceived three days after the first Baghdad air strikes, was the brainchild of Linda Thompson Jenner, ex-girlfriend of Elvis and former wife of Bruce Jenner. Inspired by a patriotic Boeing TV commercial, Jenner wrote the apolitical lyrics for the anthem composed by her fiancé, David Foster, and by Peter Cetera. On hand to watch the all-star recording session were 17 friends and family members of soldiers in the gulf. “It’s important to get the message across that we do care,” said David Cassidy. “Whether or not I agree with the decision to be there, they have my support.”