UB40, Usher, U2, Uncle Kracker… Unchained Melody, U and UR Hand, Umbrella, Urgent… Upbeat, ukulele, unison, upright piano… unknown unique songs.
This was an event of my youth. It was a big undertaking in the music industry in 1985. It happened in Los Angeles the night of the American Music Awards when most of the artists would be in town. Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson wrote the single and more than 25 different artists of the time sang it together that January night. It was called USA for Africa and the song was “We are the World.”
It was inspired by the fund-raising efforts of Bob Geldof and Band Aid overseas. They raised money with the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” which still gets air play every winter. “We are the World” did have success on the charts and raised about $60 million.
On Friday April 5th (Good Friday that year) there was a collaboration with many radio stations throughout the United States to play the song at exactly 10:50am EST and I will never forget it. I was in class and the principal made an announcement and played the 6 minute and 22-second-long song via the local radio station. It gave me goosebumps to hear it like that with “the nation” at the same time.
Some of the stars that were a part of USA for Africa were Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Huey Lewis, Hall and Oats, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and many more. This is the longer seven minute full version of the song used for the video (it had to be cut shorter for radio play).
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