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30 Years Ago: ‘We Are The World’

30 years ago Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and producers Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian all got together to write a song for Supergroup USA for Africa that would sell over 20 million copies.

That song? Are you kidding me? It’s right there in the title. It’s ‘We Are The World’.

Released March 7th, 1985, USA for Africa featured some of America’s biggest pop stars including:

Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan as well as many, many others.

Between merchandice and record sales, it is believed that ‘We Are The World’ raised between $45 and $47 million in relief for Africa. Since I haven’t read the news since 1985, I’m gonna assume this solved everything and Africa is now a powerhouse both socially and economically U-S-A! U-S-A! But, to be sure I’ll just check Google and…oh dear god…I was WAY off…

Enjoy the video and if you got a few bucks, maybe send them to Africa.

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