AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford and JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell are among the stars appearing on the Disney album "A World of Happiness", due February 2. Farrell and Deborah Harry perform together on the track "The Patience Bossa", one of two songs the BLONDIE singer appears on. Billboard reports that a percentage of proceeds from the sale of "A World of Happiness" will be donated to children's charities chosen by each of the performers on the album. Others who've participated include Lisa Loeb, Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Samuel L. Jackson and Magic Johnson.
In other AEROSMITH-related news, the Boston Herald reports that frontman Steven Tyler has added his inimitable special effects in his reading of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" for a children's compact disc, released this week by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his citywide ReadBoston Literacy initiative. ReadBoston has printed 1,200 CDs, which will sell for $8 each at Newbury Comics stores, Roslindale Village Books, Rooche Brothers and Curious George Goes to Wordsworth Stores.
All services were donated, and all proceeds benefit ReadBoston, executive director Theresa Lynn said. Others featured on the CD include Menino's wife, Angela, U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Joey McIntyre and Barry and Eliot Tatelman of Jordan's Furniture fame.
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