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Happy Birthday, We are the World!
Published on 01/25/2023
A collection of entertainers called themselves USA for Africa, and their single, “We Are the World,” sold more than 7 million records worldwide and generated $60 million over the past 37 years.
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1.The song was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones. The vocals were recorded after the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on January 28, 1985, in a single 8 p.m. to 8 a.m session at Hollywood's A&M Recording Studios. Did you know the song was written by these individuals?
2.The list of those who appear on the song is impressive: Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Daryl Hall, James Ingram, Jackie Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Al Jarreau, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis and the News, Mario Cipollina, John Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, Steve Perry, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder. Did you know all these entertainers participated?
3.When Michael Jackson hits the line, "We're down and out, there is no hope at all," in the bridge, it's spine-tingling. It's believed that Prince was supposed to appear on the song but didn't show up at the session, so Huey Lewis got his line. Did you know Prince was a no show?
4.The USA for Africa project didn't stop with "We Are the World." Since 1985, it has raised more than $100 million for people struggling with poverty and malnutrition in Africa and the U.S. It also encouraged many to become an agent of change in their own right. Did you know this?
5.The USA for Africa project didn't stop with "We Are the World." Since 1985, it has raised more than $100 million for people struggling with poverty and malnutrition in Africa and the U.S. It also encouraged many to become an agent of change in their own right. Did you know this?
6.The video still resonates with it's message today. Do you like this video?