In a manner that began so many years ago with Bob Geldof and Midge Ure's Band Aid concerts and singles, Simon Cowell has drawn together over 50 performers to produce a truly heartwarming rendition of the Simon and Garfunkel classic " Bridge over Troubled Water".

Grenfell Tower disaster

As scenes emerged in the early hours of the morning on TV only last week it became clear that the fire at Grenfell Tower in the affluent Kensington and Chelsea part of London was not a simple blaze. The fire struck with astonishing speed and consumed the entire #Tower block in a matter of hours from the fourth floor up. So fierce was the blaze that it was still burning into the next day over 24 hours after starting.

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At that point, Londoners did what Londoners do best, and disregarding the politicians, the councils and all others wanting to score political points and point fingers of blame, they drew together. Floods of donations of food, clothing, volunteers came forward to help the distressed survivors. It may well be weeks before we can know what the true cost of the fire is in terms of human life. Firefighters put themselves on the line time and time again to extinguish the blaze and rescue anyone lucky enough to survive the smoke flames.

Simon Cowell's single

He is perhaps best known as the straight-talking music mogul who can cut reduce performers to tears with his opinions but on this occasion, Cowell decided that he needed to do something special. Uniting artists as from all sections of the music world from Rita Ora to Robbie Williams and Liam Payne to Roger Daltry and Emeli Sande.

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There was also an appearance for newly crowned BGT winner Tokyo Myers. In a moving tribute, Gareth Malone conducts a choir of locals who join in with the chorus.

The single looks set to go straight to number one in the charts and after it was first heard on the radio on Wednesday listeners have flooded social media with praise for the effort stating that it is " a beautiful rendition" and that it "left me in floods of tears". It has become the fastest selling single of the decade.

The single was recorded over a three-day period at the Sarn Studios which is only half a mile from Grenfell Tower.

All proceeds from the sales of the single will go straight to the fundraising page 'aristsforgrenfell.com' also started by Cowell. People can also make contributions directly to the fund at the page. The fund received a huge kickstart from #Simon Cowell of £100,000. #Robbie Williams