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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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Jane Fonda states in the intro to the documentary that there were 45 singers and musicians involved in the recording of the song. In actuality, there were 43: Prince left almost immediately, once he saw the "leave your ego at the door" sign, and Waylon Jennings left over a dispute with the lyrics. 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 10 Things I Hate About You: Light My Fire (2009) See more »

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We Are the World
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Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
Performed by USA for Africa


Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian
Conducted by Quincy Jones
Associate Producer: Tom Bähler
Engineered by Humberto Gatica, assisted by Larry Fergusson and Khaliq Glover
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Executive Production Assistant: Madeline Randolph
Production Assistants: Pam Small, Steve Ray and Mark Ross
Production Coordinator: Jolie Levine
Copyists: Doug Dana and Tom Brown
Roadies: David Bowers, Ed Simeone and Claudio Ordenes
Vocal Choir Arrangements: Tom Bähler, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
Solo Vocal Choreography: Quincy Jones and Tom Bähler
Synthesizer Arrangements: David Paich, Michael Omartian, Quincy Jones, John Barnes, Michael Boddicker and Ian Underwood
Rhythm Arrangements: Quincy Jones and John Barnes
Synthesizer Programming: John Barnes, Michael Boddicker and Steve Porcaro
Synclavier Programming: Kevin Maloney and Mark Ross
Oberheim-8 Programming: Marcus Ryles
Musicians: Tom Bähler, John Barnes, Michael Boddicker, Paulinho Da Costa, Humberto Gatica, Louis Johnson, Michael Melvoin, Michael Omartian, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Greg Phillinganes, John Robinson, Marcus Ryles, Ian Underwood
Clappers: James Ingram, Cathy Worthington, Greg Phillinganes, Marcel East, Khaliq Glover, Elaine Phillinganes, Karla Phillinganes and Mark Ross
©1985 Mijac Music (BMI) and Brockman Music (ASCAP)
(P) 1985 United Support of Artists for Africa
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Springsteen, Dylan, and others...

Nice documentary of the making of this most famous song/video. The highlight for me had to be the Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen duet in the middle of the song. The songs essence and passion is evident during this section of the performance. I do wish Cyndi Lauper and other pop singers didn't have such a large role in this performance, but it's good overall.


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