Band Aid is a charity supergroup featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for the Christmas market that year.
“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of fewer than 30 retail singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.
Following Band Aid’s 1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” project in the United Kingdom, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. The duo completed the writing of “We Are the World” seven weeks after the release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, and one night before the song’s first recording session, on January 21, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.
12 Days of Wellness
Day 1 Video – John Denver and The Muppets singing 12 Days of Christmas
Day 2 Video – Alvin and The Chipmunks Christmas Song
Day 3 Video – Dean Martin singing Let it Snow
Day 4 Video – The Carpenters singing The Christmas Song
Day 5 Video – Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Tannenbaum
Day 6 Video – Johnny Mathis singing Sleigh Ride
Day 7 Video – Michael Buble singing Silent Night
Day 8 Video – Jimmy Durante singing Frosty the Snowman