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Friday, April 24, 2015

We are the World

From Ebay
Many Thanks for all the birthday greetings yesterday. 30 has finally come. In furthering the adventures of 1985 I thought it would be interesting to see what song was #1 on my birthday.
 It was We are the World.

It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie for the USA for Africa campaign. It was associated with the 'Hands Across America' movement, and was produced as a way for artists to help contribute to relief efforts of the famine in Ethiopia and other parts of the continent in during the mid 1980s.

The group raised over 100 million dollars from sales of the album in 1985. While 'We are the World' was written specifically for the album and very popular, another song was included in the album that was written for the effort by a group of predominantly Canadian artists. That song was called Tears are Not Enough.
from ebay

The Canadian supergroup didn't just include musicians, but also included other notable Canadian born celebs. Folks like John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O'Hara. The American 'We are the World' supergroup had Dan Aykroyd! Check out the links to the wiki articles to see all the various stars in both groups.

I actually own a copy of this album. I found it many years ago after looking up this factoid at an earlier date. I find 'the number one song on the day you were born' about the same level of diversion as 'the newspaper headline from the day you were born' kind a deal.

from ebay
This type of fundraising isn't revolutionary today. Now there are supergroups formed for every kind of good cause you can think of and can't think of. They have even been parodied like the Kidney Aid from 30 Rock

Still, even with the parodies, groups of all sizes can work together on large projects and small projects to help change the world for the better. I hope you enjoyed this adventure in 1985. Now that summer is approaching I hope to have some more free time and play a little catch up on some of these other adventures.
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