A string of famous faces have come together in a very special tribute to Tony Wilson, who died 8 years ago today.

“St Anthony : An Ode To Anthony H Wilson” is a poem written by Manchester-born poet and lifelong Wilson fan, Mike Garry, “When Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007, I knew the world would never be the same”. Garry took his “lyrics” to music composer, Joe Duddell; the poem stirred up elements of New Order track, “Your Silent Face” for Duddell and he decided to base the music on it.

Known as “Mr Manchester”, Wilson was the co-founder of Factory Records and manager of The Hacienda Nightclub. He helped establish some of the most important bands to come out of the city; Joy Divison, New OrderOMD and Happy Mondays. Wilson was portrayed by Steve Coogan in the 2002 film, “24 Hour Party People” and Craig Parkinson in Anton Corbijn’s 2007 film, “Control”, which depicted the life and career of Joy Division frontman, Ian Curtis.

Wilson died of a heart attack in 2007, aged just 57, but was also suffering from kidney cancer.

The accompanying video for “St Anthony : An Ode To Anthony H Wilson” is a testament to the respect and love for Wilson; it features a string of famous faces each reciting lines of Garry’s poem, including New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Iggy Pop, Christopher Eccleston, Happy Mondays Shaun Ryder, Terry Christian and Steve Coogan, to name but a few. 

“St Anthony : An Ode To Anthony H Wilson” is available to download/buy on Friday 14th August 2015. All proceeds from the single will go to The Christie Charitable Fund.