Author:

Category:

We Are The World

The history of the creation of "We Are The World" (We are the world)

"We Are The World" (We are the world): how the song was created

35 years ago, a group of dozens of famous American musicians came together to create a masterpiece - one song for the victims of the Ethiopian famine. "We Are The World" will become one of the best-selling singles of all time, it will bring millions of dollars to the hungry in Ethiopia!

In November 1984, the British band Live Aid recorded a Christmas song to raise money for famine relief. By the end of December, American music legend Harry Belafonte was outraged that African Americans had done nothing to help the starving and dying Ethiopians. He called renowned pop celebrity manager Ken Cragen and offered to organize a benefit concert with superstars. Minutes later, Kragen, who later headed the relief organization United Artists for Africa (USA for Africa), called singer and songwriter Lionel Richie…

Richie loved this idea!

“This is the moment in your life when anything is possible,” he says. “You want to solve all the world's problems. So when they call you and ask, "Would you like to save hungry people?" Answer: "Of course, yes!"

Richie and Kragen agreed that the record would be better than just one show. They couldn't find anyone better than composer, arranger and producer Quincy Jones. That evening, Richie called Jones, who at the time was just sitting with a pop star (Michael Jackson).

A few days later, Jones, Richie, and Jackson were already at Jackson's home in California, California, coming up with the tune. Within two days, the composition "We are the world" took shape.

“We are very similar in our approach to music,” says Richie, who is still talking about his friend Michael in present tense. “Even though our music is so different… We sang this song, made it up, we had someone who could compose the music. And of course we just killed this melody with our vocals! That was incredible. And then, after all that, it was just a matter of shaping the different phrases.”

While they were working on the song, Kragen set to work looking for famous singers to participate. The list of mid-80s pop artists who joined Richie and Jackson consisted of: Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. And that's not all. There were over 45 participants in total. Another four dozen were rejected.

Kragen says Quincy Jones was aware of the potential problems of managing so many celebrities and their egos. He said:

"Look. If we allow anything to chance, if we allow anything to individual artists, we will have absolute anarchy. They will all fight for the solo performance they think is the most important, they will all fight for it. But they will have to work in a group."

They recorded the vocals on the night of January 28 in one 10 hour session. The song was released five weeks later.

Music critics gave the song mixed reviews. Some liked the tune for its simplicity and the fact that it was performed by such a racially diverse group of celebrities. Others have wondered why the song does not address issues leading to famine in Africa.

But in the music business, only record sales matter. And "We are the World" was no exception: the song became the best-selling pop single in US history. She topped the music charts all over the world. But for Lionel Richie and other artists, it was something more.

“What you pray for your entire career,” Richie says, “is that on top of all the hits and all the money you plan to make, you really leave some kind of mark on the world. It was the best thing that could ever happen, because all of our talents overnight, despite our egos, were directed to helping others in this cruel world. And we all knew that the song would have a direct impact on the lives of these people. Richie hesitated for a second. "We are the world he finally says, “this is the day I became a citizen of the world.”

10kFollowers

"Born Under a Bad Sign" - a look back at Albert King's timeless blues classic

How Albert King recorded "the eternal product of the blues" - "Born Under a Bad Sign" comes to mind You can adore the blues and Albert King, or you can relate to...

"Enough Tears," or Ozzy Osbourne's "first farewell" album

A timeless classic: "No More Tears" by Ozzy Osbourne For dedicated fans, Ozzy Osbourne's albums are all awesome! But for the wider global audience, who are not...

Mariah Carey: surprising facts about the beloved beauty

Mariah Carey - What You Didn't Know About Your Favorite Singer Mariah Carey is one of the most enchanting singers of our time, who has won the hearts of listeners not...

Related Articles

Amazing Facts about Roger Taylor

What you didn't know about Roger Taylor - surprising facts about the Queen drummer Roger Taylor is a "percussion legend" of Queen, the drummer who went on to become forever...

Best Rock Albums of 1984 by Fuzz Music magazine

Rock classics of the 20th century, encapsulated in the best albums of 1984 Today we decided to dive into a truly magical period, the year 1984, which was the year that...

What you didn't know about John Deacon, the quietest member of the most spectacular band of the 20th century

Interesting facts about the life of John Deacon, the bass legend of Queen John Deacon is the bass legend of Queen, one of the most (if not the most) spectacular and unique bands in history...

The Man Who Was Present at the "Birth" of Rock and Roll - Remembering Scotty Moore

Do you remember Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's guitarist Before there was Jagger and Richards, Plante and Page, there was Elvis Presley and Scotty Moore. And if.

The magic of Queen on stage

Queen: Remembering the iconic band's epic performances Freddie once said: "Either there's magic or there isn't. That's the secret!". The Queen legend was definitely full of magic!

Top 5 hard rock albums that rewrote music history

These hard rock records rewrote music history - what's it about Let's take a little trip back in time: America, it's the early '70s. The legendarily famous and loud "Summer...

Top songs by Judas Priest, the dinosaurs of heavy metal

Remembering the best Judas Priest songs and their gorgeous music videos Judas Priest burst onto the rock and roll scene in 1974 with their debut album, Rocka...

Best Rock Albums of 1971 by Fuzz Music Magazine

20th century rock classics encapsulated in the best albums of 1971 The early 1970s is a very fascinating time, full of many events! But both intoxicating and tragic...

"I'm the Best Bassist in the World": Remembering Jaco Pastorius, one of the most legendary bassists in history

Jaco Pastorius - the story of his ascent, his "conquest of the world with the bass" and his tragic finale Jaco Pastorius is a bright, brilliant and very brazen bassist who became a legend. His name is...