McCartney to release charity single

Paul McCartney wants to make a contribution to New York City.

The former Beatle will release the new single “From a Lover to a Friend” worldwide on Oct. 29, joining musicians across the globe who have helped to raise money for victims of last month’s World Trade Center attacks.

All proceeds from the record’s sales will go to the families of the firemen who died on that tragic day, a spokesperson for McCartney told Wednesday.

McCartney, who was in New York City the day of the terrorist attacks, said in a statement that he witnessed heroism of the city’s rescue services first hand.

“Through staying in New York for some days after the attack I was able to also witness the tremendous heroism that has come out of the city, including the bravery of the firefighters,” McCartney said in a statement.

“I have great admiration for the courage those guys showed,” he said. “I hope that the sales of this new single will help raise more money for the firemen and their families.”

In an interview with New York’s WPLJ radio station on Sept. 21, McCartney said he had a connection with the city firemen because his father had been a fireman in Liverpool during World War II.

According to his spokesperson, a sample of the song, which will also be part of the soundtrack to the next Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky, can be heard on McCartney‘s official Web site,

In addition to the new single, McCartney will also join forces with Mick Jagger, John Mellencamp and Bon Jovi in a concert to benefit those affected by the attacks, The Associated Press reported.

“The Concert for New York,” scheduled for Oct. 20 at Madison Square Garden, will be broadcast live on VH1 and will be heard on radio stations around the country.

During the four-hour concert, viewers and listeners will be able to call in and make donations. Proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which helps needy families in New York, and the Twin Towers Fund started by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to benefit rescue workers.