Folk icon PETE SEEGER is aiming for the top of the world's pop charts and the chance to break Tony Bennett's six-month-old record, as the oldest person to score a hit, with an apt version of Bob Dylan's tune Forever Young.
Seeger, 92, recorded the cover for Amnesty International's charity Dylan tribute album Chimes of Freedom, backed by a children's choir, and now the track is to be made available as a digital single, promoted by a video featuring the folk singer in the studio with the singing kids.
The promo will be available on Monday (19Mar12) - the exact 50th anniversary of the release of Dylan's first album.
Seeger fans are hoping the video will help propel the singer/songwriter, who turns 93 in May (12), into the Billboard Hot 100 and the U.K. singles charts, where he would become the oldest hitmaker ever, and they've launched a grass-roots campaign, ForeverPete.com, in a bid to get the old-timer into the record books.
Bennett set the standard after scoring a worldwide hit with his Amy Winehouse duet Body & Soul in September (11) at the age of 85.
Prior to Bennett's hit, the previous record-holders were George Burns in the U.S., who scored a 1980 novelty hit with I Wish I Was Eighteen Again at the age of 84, and Larry Adler, who was 80 when he hit the U.K. charts in 1994 with his Kate Bush collaboration The Man I Love.
Martin Lewis, who instigated and co-produced the Seeger track with writer/producer Mark Hudson, says, "Pete Seeger has always been an inspiration to musicians and anyone with a social conscience. We owe him so much. Putting him in the charts at 92 would mean that he'll always stay Forever Young!"