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We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song (1985)

We Are the World (original title)
In 1984, British and Irish pop stars united for the cause of Ethiopian famine relief as Band Aid. The following year, the Americans did the same as United Support of Artists for Africa. This is how it happened.

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The program takes a closer look at the huge event behind the recording of the USA for Africa's song and clip 'We Are the World', a massive concentration of influential artists of the period who joined forces to produce a great effort to combat the famine in Africa during the 1980's. Jane Fonda hosts the documentary, which follows the rehearsals for the song, the interaction between the artists and how their collaboration was put together. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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28 January 1985 (USA)  »

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$65,000,000, 31 December 1999
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Trivia

Band Aid organizer Bob Geldof hung a sign on the door of the recording studio which said "Leave Your Ego At The Door". Prince (notorious for both his ego and his tantrums) reportedly drove away after seeing the sign. The solo originally planned for Prince to sing was given to Huey Lewis. See more »

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Huey Lewis: [discussing the word change in the song lyrics] "Better"? No, no, "brighter". It's gonna be "brighter", now.
Stevie Wonder: "Better" has more bite.
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Connections

Referenced in If Looks Could Kill (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
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Traditional
Performed by USA for Africa
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We are the World
22 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Even 20 years after its release, We are the World continues to make my hair rise! The passion, dedication, harmony and sheer beauty of the song makes it a complete anthem and it should go down in history and a world anthem altogether. Congratulations Quincy Jones and every other artist who performed the track. I wait for another. I hadn't watched the video in a while, but I saw it strangely on MTV today and I decided to go back to my old music videos and watch this one. It was incredible, I listened to it repeatedly and was awestruck each time. The spirit of togetherness and harmony amongst the artists makes the experience worth it, every single time. Keep up the good work USA for Africa!


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