W: We Are the World

"We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving"

We are nearing the end of the A-Z Challenge. I can't believe we only have 4 more letters until the end. Where did the time go?

Today we are featuring the star-studded supergroup USA for Africa.


We Are the World was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson weeks after Band Aid (the UK supergroup) released Do They Know It's Christmas? Both songs were written about the famine in Ethiopia.

I liked this song, a lot! It was the first time so many huge stars came together for one song. This song had every huge American star, except for Madonna. What was up with that? I do have to admit that I did like Band Aid a little better, but only because it included Duran Duran and Bananarama.

Does anyone else sing this song in each singer's voice? I do! And, I can do a pretty mean Cyndi Lauper, at least in my mind I can. And why was Dan Aykroyd in this video?

I remember when HBO showed the making of the song. At one point Quincy Jones kept hearing something in the playback. It turned out to be Cyndi Lauper's necklaces that kept hitting the microphone when she jumped around. Lol!

This was one successful song! According to Wikipedia, the song "won three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and a People's Choice Award." Plus, "We Are the World raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US."

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