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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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Ensemble includes 5 Academy Award winners (Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan, as well as host/narrator Jane Fonda) and 10 nominees (Dan Aykroyd, James Ingram, Huey Lewis, Johnny Colla, Chris Hates, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, and Paul Simon). 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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Referenced in USA for Africa: We Are the World (1985) See more »

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Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
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1985 has noteworthy memories
26 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

While reliving a pleasurable journey can be, ummm, emotional...We Are the World's energy and upbeat effort to create an autonomous entity to benefit another nation in crisis was a scratch on the surface. From Bangladesh several years before We Are...1985, Live Aid, and yes, even Hands Across America whose anniversary is quickly approaching, Farm Aid and other offshoots, from then to now...twenty some years later, almost an entire year since Live 8 and One, makes me wonder what happened to all the good intentions behind so many initial steps along the way.

Including the faltering steps of my feet right in my own back yard. Across a street, a fence, across a nation, across the planet...maybe it's time we all took a walk.

While "We Are The World" may be praise worthy for the accomplishments through multiple powers there are other works worth remembering from 1985 for their "artistic" agendas as well. Take a trip back to Foreignor's "I want to know what love is" floats in circles around me...must it take disasters and droughts to bring this world together.


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