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Arizonans Sing Song For Hunger Relief

April 20, 1985

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Gov. Bruce Babbitt, Rep. Morris Udall, the Phoenix Suns gorilla and more than 75 community leaders have blended their vocal talents in a song for hunger relief.

″Hear Your Heart″ was produced by the non-profit FAAN Band - Feed Arizona and Africa Now - and group chairman Pat Finn said, ″We already feel like the project is a success.″

The record will be sold for $2, with $1 for the Arizona Food Bank and the other $1 to UNICEF for African famine relief, Finn said. It was conceived by Finn and the staff of his KPNX-TV show, Finn and Friends.

The music was written by Mike Waldrop, a member of the band Catch 22. The lyrics were composed by Waldrop and John Geise, a radio personality in Phoenix, according to Marjorie Schmidt, a spokeswoman for FAAN.

There are more than 80 members of the FAAN Band, including Babbitt, Hattie Babbitt, Glen Campbell, Udall, cartoonist Bil Keane and numerous people from television and radio stations, Ms. Schmidt said Thursday.

Can they sing?

″For all those involved, it does not sound like a sing-a-long with Mitch,″ Ms. Schmidt said. ″It is a beautifully done tune.″

″The governor is on the record, but he does not have a singing role,″ said Babbitt’s press secretary, Jim West. ″Hattie is on the other side singing.″

Asked if Mrs. Babbitt could sing, West said, ″I have no idea. I would certainly assume the first lady of our state is a fine singer.″

Finn said the main verses of the song are performed by professional singers, such as Campbell and members of Catch 22. The celebrities sang the chorus when it was recorded this week.

Hunger is a growing problem in Arizona, Finn said. ″We have people in Maricopa County going to bed hungry every night,″ he said.

Tim Cullison, director of St. Mary’s Food Bank, said about 15 percent of Arizona’s population is at or below the government poverty level.

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