Tag Archives: We Are the World

Remember That Song – 3/30/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Reaching out for something to hold
Looking for a love where the climate is cold


Last Song: “We Are The World” by USA for Africa from the album We Are The World (1985)

Great job Peter (@JamsieBlonde007), Parvez (@ParvezFattehMD), Lynne (@LynneAshton2), and Adora (@Adora2000)!!!

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – USA for Africa

“We Are the World” by USA for Africa

Inspired by Bob Geldof’s Band Aid, the charity super-group USA for Africa was formed. They recorded the song “We Are the World”. The idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. They made a great decision of having Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie write the song. The song was released on March 7, 1985, and peaked at #1 on April 13, 1985. “We Are the World” raised over $63 million.

USA for Africa also held a benefit event, Hands Across America, in which approximately seven million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. Participants paid ten dollars to stand in line and the money raised was used to fight hunger and homelessness in Africa.

The combined revenues raised from the sales of “We Are the World” and Hands Across America was almost $100 million.

Here is a list of the performers for “We Are the World”:

Conductor Quincy Jones

Soloists (in order of appearance)

Lionel Richie
Stevie Wonder
Paul Simon
Kenny Rogers
James Ingram
Tina Turner
Billy Joel
Michael Jackson
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
Willie Nelson
Al Jarreau
Bruce Springsteen
Kenny Loggins
Steve Perry
Daryl Hall
Huey Lewis
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Carnes
Bob Dylan
Ray Charles

Chorus

Dan Aykroyd
Harry Belafonte
Lindsey Buckingham
Mario Cipollina
Johnny Colla
Sheila E.
Bob Geldof
Bill Gibson
Chris Hayes
Sean Hopper
Jackie Jackson
La Toya Jackson
Marlon Jackson
Randy Jackson
Tito Jackson
Waylon Jennings
Bette Midler
John Oates
Jeffrey Osborne
Anita Pointer
June Pointer
Ruth Pointer
Smokey Robinson

Here is the memorable video for “We Are the World”:

[twitter-follow screen_name=’returntothe80s’ show_count=’yes’ text_color=’00ccff’]