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“Making a difference one person at a time Jackson’s “We are the World”

Posted on: July 1, 2009

In memory of the good times, a song to unite the world.

The inspired and upbeat “We Are the World” is a 1985 song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced and conducted by Quincy Jones and recorded by a super group of 45 popular musicians to raise money for Africa which had experienced unusual drought in 1984/1985. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song for charity, knowing there were people dying of starvation in Africa. Quincy Jones agreed to produce and sent a demo to all the participating artists, along with a note to “check their egos at the door”. Vocal format Jones worked out which singers would perform which lyrics, studying recordings of each of the selected singers to decide which would work well with each other.He paired Billy Joel with Tina Turner and Willie Nelson with Dionne Warwick, as well as Michael Jackson with Prince (who was a no-show for the recording), so instead with Diana Ross. During the performance, the solo portions, sung by the lead singers, allowed their distinctive, famous voices to be heard individually, or in pairs, for a short phrase, before the entire group sang the third repetition of the chorus verses. Fifty singers were turned down from lending their voices to the group effort. When the song was released worldwide to aid the poor in Africa and the US. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief.

We can make a difference one person at a time.

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