World Efforts Synergize By way of Music

“We Are The World” Reveals Group Unity: The Good…

On April 5, 1985, 5,000 radio stations throughout Africa, North America, Asia, China, and Europe concurrently performed “We Are the World,” a tune that was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. The tune was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones and revolved round a easy concept: to unite American recording artists and assist elevate cash for the poor and fewer lucky famine reduction victims in considered one of Africa’s most exceptional lands, Ethiopia.

This sort gesture was initialized by Calypso music legend, Harry Belafonte, who first contacted the top of the United Assist of Artists for Africa basis, Ken Kragen. Kragen then reached out to Lionel Richie, whose spouse handed the concept on to Stevie Marvel the next day. Then music’s finest, Quincy Jones, signed on as producer and introduced in Michael Jackson. The remaining is historical past.

As America’s “We Are the World” propelled up Billboard’s charts, the opposite songs on the highest 5 singles listing have been “One Extra Night time” by Phil Collins, “Loopy for You” and “Materials Lady” by Madonna, and “Nightshift” by The Commodores. The “We Are The World” tune was recorded on January 28, 1985 on the night of the American Music Awards, which was a sensible solution to assure that the highest recording acts could be current. Positive sufficient, others rapidly adopted swimsuit, and earlier than lengthy, the listing of supporting acts had grown to incorporate over three dozen celebrities equivalent to:

Dan Aykroyd Jackie Jackson Cyndi Lauper Kenny Rogers

Harry Belafonte LaToya Jackson Kenny Loggins Diana Ross

Lindsay Buckingham Marlon Jackson Bette Midler Paul Simon

Kim Carnes Michael Jackson Willie Nelson Bruce Springsteen

Ray Charles Randy Jackson John Oates Tina Turner

Bob Dylan Tito Jackson Jeffrey Osborne Dionne Warwick

Sheila E. Al Jarreau Steve Perry Stevie Marvel

Bob Geldof Waylon Jennings The Pointer Sisters Huey Lewis

Darryl Corridor Billy Joel Lionel Richie &

James Ingram Quincy Jones Smokey Robinson The Information

CBS Data’ Columbia and Epic labels had the majority of contributing artists. The tune’s opening developed from a primary uncooked phrase, after which its refrain advanced into a global anthem of the world. Dropping the music down was the primary part of manufacturing. They completed this on the studio by capturing the instrumental performances of musicians into the studio’s multi-track recording system. The lyrics have been later added to the instrumental because the tune progressed.

Producer Quincy Jones turned three days of pre-production work with Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson right into a recording session of lower than three hours, by advising artists prematurely to “verify their egos on the door.” As this unforgettable recording session transpired, the performers did their components, leaving Richie and Jones within the studio tightening up the monitor till the next morning. Recorded in Hollywood’s A&M Studios, the entire artists have been organized choir-style with a half-dozen microphones in place for the tune’s refrain.

In just a little over a month after its recording, “We Are the World” arrived in shops. Evidently, Harry Belafonte’s dream parlayed itself right into a music trade phenomenon when between Thursday, March 7 and Sunday March 10, 1985, over 800,000 copies have been bought. Coming into the Billboard singles chart at #21, it turned the fastest-rising Billboard #1 single in 10 years. In lower than a decade, the Commodores’ entrance man Lionel Richie scored his eighth #1 single by writing “We Are the World.”

Though a fierce bidding battle for the discharge of the report in all probability befell between report firms like Motown (Lionel Richie’s label) and Epic (Michael Jackson’s), Columbia Data received out; it was Epic’s sister firm, and a division of CBS Data (a part of the CBS conglomerate).

To understand the importance of the bidding wars, simply determine within the economics. By the brand new decade, CBS would go on to be bought to the Sony Company for $2 billion. Sony recouped its funding inside a yr because of chart-topping hits by acts like Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def releases…and Michael Jackson, additionally recognized to some because the ‘King of Pop.’

By mid-Could, Columbia introduced a verify to the United Assist of Artists for Africa Basis within the quantity of $6.5 million, which was solely two months after the preliminary launch date. Further gross sales netted greater than 7 million singles and practically 4.5 million albums. Inside a yr, media and product gross sales generated over $40 million.

Although “We Are the World” wasn’t first, it was America’s model of the UK’s “Band Help.” The important thing right here is that every launch introduced mild to the difficulty of ravenous Africans doing no matter they might to cling onto life. However immediately, does its impression proceed to make a distinction? Would there nonetheless be widespread social points like these? I am curious how many individuals have solutions to those questions.


Like I simply identified, the “We Are the World” conglomeration was an American type of the UK’s “Band Help,” a venture that started its recording part a number of months previous to America’s efforts, on November twenty fifth 1984. “Band Help” was launched on December third, simply in time to money in on vacation music gross sales. It is no secret that a lot of the trade’s merchandise are bought across the vacation season.

“Band Help” was a premier musical fundraising venture that assisted the needy folks in Africa. It featured performances that got here from nearly 4 dozen principally British recording artists and producers together with Midge Ure (Ultravox), who composed the melody and music tracks to the lyrics of Boomtown Rats member and occasion organizer, Bob Geldof. Additionally within the lineup have been Duran Duran, Sting, Paul Younger, and The Tradition Membership’s Boy George. Different British acts signed up, and some American recording artists popped up too–like Jody Watley, previously of R&B group Shalamar and Kool & The Gang members Robert ‘Kool’ Bell, James ‘JT’ Taylor, and Dennis Taylor.

There was a void of any main American Pop/Rock artists, thus initiating the usA. for Africa’s “We Are the World.” Band Help’s ensemble of recording artists carried out a touching tune referred to as “Do They Know It is Christmas?” This inspirational composition reminded lots of their blessings at a poignant time of the yr.

Mission organizer Bob Geldof should have been proud to see the fruits of his labor flip into gross sales of over 3 million copies in Britain, making it the biggest-selling single at the moment. With gross sales of 1 million models within the first week alone, “Do They Know It is Christmas?” assumed the place of being the fastest-selling single of all time within the U.Okay.

One other case of famine hit Ethiopia in 1989 that led to a different outreach of affection by empathetic British music folks: “Band Help II.” Produced by the hit-making Inventory Aitken Waterman, part of the 17 acts included:


The Bros

Cathy Denis

Kylie Minogue

The Pasadenas

Chris Rea

Cliff Richard

Lisa Stansfield


These artists and others banded along with the hope of placing a lid on reoccurring monstrosities equivalent to hunger and poverty in Africa. Regardless of these magnificent efforts, immediately there are nonetheless of us that ponder amongst themselves: do occasions equivalent to “Band Help” or “Band Help II” proceed to carry an impression some 15 years (“Band Help II”) and 20 years (“Band Help”) after the actual fact? Was all of it nonetheless influential by the November 2004 launch of “Band Help 20” (a profit for famine reduction in Sudan’s Darfur area) and 2005’s ‘Group of 8’ or ‘G-8’ superpower 3-day summit conferences in Scotland? So far as which occasion generated probably the most impression, the jury remains to be out.

Sadly, the high-level ‘G-8′ conferences shifted focus, albeit briefly away from the positivism of “Band Help 20” because of terrorist bomb assaults in London. Remarkably, the present went on with simultaneous broadcast of artists’ performances from around the globe. The CD model rapidly bought 200,000 copies…it included the fastest-selling single of the yr on it. Over two dozen worldwide artists united together with Bob Geldof (he will get round), U2’s Bono (a long-time activist), Dido, Nigel Godrich, Chris Martin, and Ultravox’s Midge Ure–another key participant in this system.

Let’s get a fast glimpse of some different ‘intentional acts of kindness’ that the music group collectively made in direction of fixing dilemmas like most cancers, America’s impoverished farming trade, and famine in Africa. We’ll take an in depth have a look at how fragile the present of life can really be on this unruly continent, then we’ll be on our means deep into its villages to see up shut and private what the ‘411’ is on African tribal music and the folks that made it, within the motherland.

Related tasks to “We Are the World” and “Band Help” made their solution to the music market together with “Dwell for Life” and “Farm Help,” the latter being an annual occasion spearheaded by nation music icon Willie Nelson. Kicked off in September of 1985 in Champagne, Illinois, this fundraising occasion included the peoples’ personal John Mellencamp, who busted onto the music scene within the early 80s with a ‘Cougar’ scratched in between his first and final names. He additionally wrote “just a little diddy about Jack and Diane”–a tune about making an attempt to make it within the heartland. Estimates point out this fundraiser generated over $20 million for farmers in America by showcasing a dwell live performance and studio tracks.

The purpose of “Farm Help” was to assist preserve collectors from foreclosing on family-owned farms. An assorted music lineup included Nation, Blues and Rock performances by the likes of Neil Younger and Dave Matthews. This occasion was commemorated in 2005 with a 20 yr anniversary live performance held in Tinley Park, Illinois. Between the very first live performance and this one, annual occasions befell in cities as various as Austin (Texas), Columbus (Ohio), Lincoln (Nebraska) and even in America’s heartland of Indiana and Iowa. Further cities like New Orleans, Seattle, and Virginia additionally contributed by internet hosting a few of these profit concert events.

The aim of the “Dwell for Life” album was to lift funds for most cancers prevention and remedy. It was launched on I.R.S. Data in 1986, and distributed by MCA Data. Govt producer Miles Copeland supervised the venture; different nice names on the album included Ian and Stewart Copeland, Bob Marley (who sarcastically died of the illness Could 5, 1981), R.E.M., The Alarm, Common Public, Sting, The Bangles, Oingo Boingo, The Go-Go’s, Squeeze, and Derek Holt.

Over the following years to return and into the brand new millennium, many music releases adopted analogous paths to handle pressing medical points. In 2001, vogue maverick Chuck Navasky and Radio Data launched “One Much less Tear–Brothers & Sisters United In The Battle Towards Most cancers,” that includes songs by a broadly assorted listing of artists and celebrities together with:

Nellie Briles Trevor Johnson Ricochet

Carol Chase C. Danny Lewis Eric Rigler

Robin Cole Ryan Marshall Dale Russell

Coppola Tia McGraff Hal Schaefer

Tony Curtis Olivia Newton-John Kevin Sharp

Daybreak Vince Neil Mark Slaughter

Cahal Dunne Wesley Oliver Gabriella Weiser

L.C. Greenwood Jim Peterick Stacey Woodson

Ken Griffey, Sr. Cathy Richardson Donnie/Johnny Van Zant

Different luminaries jumped on the bandwagon. Here is the great thing about this venture to me: many gifted folks dedicated their time to assist in assembling a really inspirational music CD. All proceeds from the CD have been donated to most cancers analysis. Some good folks stepped up for this mission to assist battle a foul illness. It was the suitable factor to do, and so was one other earlier, multi-cultural musical occasion: the 1985 effort of “Dwell Help” concert events that assisted in lowering the catastrophic famine in Ethiopia throughout the mid 80s.

The “Dwell Help” occasion was broadcasted from London, England, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It featured an all-star lineup that showcased 16 hours of performances by 60 acts. Sadly, reviews surfaced that not the entire funding went for good. Some donations have been diverted to finance the operations of a dictator who used the cash to reclaim land, inflicting an estimated 100,000 folks to lose their lives.

We must always at all times stay conscious when large quantities of cash are given to seemingly harmless folks by the Web. Fraud occurs! Donations needs to be effectively thought out and require the utmost consideration earlier than potential victims dig into their financial institution accounts to provide away cash. Widespread Web fraud has been used to help terrorists in Nigeria and different areas of the world. This occurs in a lot the identical means that different Web ‘spammers and scammers’ try to separate folks from their cash.

Whatever the few unfavorable points that tagged alongside, socially uplifting tasks equivalent to “We Are The World,” “Band Help,” “Dwell for Life,” “Farm Help,” and “One Much less Tear–Brothers & Sisters United In The Battle Towards Most cancers” all displayed the facility of fine folks uniting for a worthwhile trigger. As for the “Dwell Help” occasion, organizer Bob Geldof was decided to make a distinction, and that is what he did by orchestrating occasions of this magnitude.

Coinciding with the 2005 three day ‘G-8’ superpower summit in Scotland round America’s July 4th Independence Day celebration, the twentieth anniversary of “Dwell Help” held worldwide fundraisers to cut back poverty in Africa. This summit gathered leaders of the world’s wealthiest and strongest nations to play golf, eat costly meals, drink some bubbly, and be merry (effectively, possibly not in that order). A while was additionally allotted to ponder the problems that affected the ‘have mores’ (capitalism), the ‘have-nots’ (third world famine, poverty), and each teams (well being, terrorism, world warming and climate situations). The G-8 summit aimed to handle these necessary points and attempt to give you a method to handle them.

As talked about earlier than, a momentary lapse of motive induced the main target of this high-powered conference to be diverted as a sequence of terrorist bomb assaults raised havoc all through London. The blessing right here is that every occasion (the G-8 summit and concert events) nonetheless occurred, thereby sending a message to terrorists declaring “we could also be scarred, however we’re not scared.”

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s proposal to get rid of the debt of the world’s poorest nations was a grand plan to pitch on the summit. It included proposals to double developmental support to Africa with the hope of giving it a real alternative at world commerce in a worldwide market. This all sounded good as a result of it alerted everybody as to how a lot attitudes actually have modified because the 1500s United Kingdom society.

The final time a summit like this befell was in 1998 and it was hosted by the aforementioned British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Birmingham, England. On the identical days that politicians carried out lip-service for the folks and the press on the G-8 conferences, numerous musicians have been delivering superb performances concurrently, by a number of broadcasts from reverse hemispheres. Since its 1975 inception in France, the summit conferences have taken place in several areas around the globe. Canada joined in 1976 and by 1998, Russia got here on board.

Live shows in help of the 2005 landmark occasion have been held in Berlin, Canada, Johannesburg, London, Moscow, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome and Tokyo. A number of the superstars featured all through the years included U2’s Bono, Mariah Carey, Run-DMC’s DMC, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Future’s Youngster, Duran Duran, Religion Hill, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Will Smith, Sting and Stevie Marvel. It even introduced out Microsoft’s Invoice Gates. Invoice introduced his band XDP (Xtreme Deep Pockets), and did a canopy model of Pink Floyd’s “Cash.” Simply kidding of us! Now and again, I’ve to be sure you’re paying consideration. Again on a critical notice, the presence of Invoice Gates put his philanthropic facet in plain view to the lots…and other people have been taking notes.

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