‘We Are the World’ debuts, March 11, 1985
This week in 1985, the song ‘We Are the World,’ recorded to raise money for famine relief and featuring dozens of big name singers, became an instant hit. An Associated Press article published in the March 12, 1985, Frederick News-Post of Frederick, Md., explained the cultural phenomenon.
“ ‘We Are the World’ – the song, the cause, and the guessing game – was selling off the racks in record stores and getting heavy airtime on radio stations, disc jockeys and stores reported Monday.
“The video version had its debut on MTV Monday night.
“Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to raise money for African hunger relief, the song has audiences listening intently to identify the voices of the 46 pop artists – a veritable Who’s Who of the American music industry – who recorded it after the American Music Awards in January.”
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A Los Angeles Times column published in the March 29, 1985, Winnipeg Free Press of Winnipeg, Manitoba, offered behind-the-scenes insight into the recording session for ‘We Are the World.’ Song struck emotional chord
A United Press International article published in the Dec, 15, 1984, Pacific Stars and Stripes of Tokyo, Japan, marked the instant success of ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ sung by a group of top British singers. Pop stars boost famine relief