We Are The World
March 6, 1985 - 2020: 35 years of: We Are The World.
One of humanity's biggest song, sang by some of the biggest artists of the late-70s and mid-80s.
A global movement to help the Ethiopian famine crisis ...where the world must come together as one. Before "collabs" were the in-thing in modern pop-music, this decade had supergroup with all-star performances, a typical 80s signature.
On paper is Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and behind the mixing desk is Quincy Jones. The band was USA FOR AFRICA and the single features vocal-tracks by both Jackson and Richie along Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Bob Dylan, Cindy Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Steve Perry and the chilling epic finale by Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles.
The full-length album was released on March 29th and the single was played America-wide on more than 6000 FM-station simultaneously in an unprecedented swing of care and love. RIAA-certified, the single sold over 4 million+ units, while the LP is 3 million + units in the US alone. These record-sales along merchandise-sales and various donations, did translate into 63 million+ USD $ in humanitarian funds to support, aid and rebuild parts of the continent of Africa.
The original "help movement concept song" was initiated with BAND AID in late-1984, by Bob Geldof's "Do They Know It's Christmas" and features appearances by Boy George, Sting, George Michael and DURAN DURAN's Simon LeBon.
Later, another upbeat all-star song and album was created in October 1985. The massive ARTISTS UNITED AGAINST APARTHEID project with it's hit "Sun City" unites Little Steven, Bono, George Clinton, Joey Ramone, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Lou Reed and Run DMC ...rock and rap all protest against the regime.
A hardrock / heavymetal counterpart was issued in early-1986 under the HEAR 'N AID band with the "Stars" epic. Led by Ronnie James Dio, the single-track featured vocals by Rob Halford, Don Dokken, Geoff Tate with dazzling guitar-solos by Yngwie Malmsteen, Vivian Campbell, George Lynch all supported by Adrian Smith and Dave Murray rhythm guitar riffing.
Rock for a cause ...a true 80s signature.
We Are The World - The Video
We Are The World - The Documentary
Live at Live Aid in 1985
Live in 1986
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