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Yoko, Bono, Robbie and Tina Turner help to shelter the homeless

Yoko Ono has launched a campaign to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter, by asking some of the biggest names in music to repackage John Lennon's 'Imagine'.

Bono, Graham Coxon, Robbie Williams and George Michael are amongst the musicians who have created customised artistic sleeves for the single, currently at Number Three in the charts.

The consecutively numbered CD's will be auctioned on the Internet via MSN and the money donated to Shelter.

Yoko Ono, Bono, Robbie and Brian May have all created illustrations for the cover, while Graham Coxon painted a nude John Lennon and The Pet Shop Boys made a signed sleeve with the message 'Cliff is over if you want it'.

Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon inscribed the message 'Nearly God Imagine a world without his music', as a tribute to Lennon.

Chris Holmes, the director of Shelter, said the project would hopefully not just raise money, but awareness of their work. 'Our aim, as we enter the millennium, is to ensure that everyone has a decent, safe and affordable home.

He added: 'With your help and support we will be able to continue our work with some of society's most vulnerable people'.

dotmusic 22/12/1999