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Do They Know It's Christmas?

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Band Aid
B. Geldolf/M. Ure

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Charity should begin at home, but in 1984 it went global when Bob Geldolf and Midge Ure got it in their heads to gather a bunch of their friends together to record a song to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. In a decade renowned for its excesses, this assemblage of British pop music royalty was pretty impressive - Sting, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Jodi Whatley, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Bananarama, to name a few - but the song surprisingly didn't even break the top 10 here in the US (it was #1 in the UK for 5 weeks). In fact, it was heavily criticized by the press as being well-intended but bland and eventually the organizers were questioned about where the £8 million it made actually went. Nevertheless, the single's worldwide success in raising awareness led to the recording of several other charity singles (as well as the Live Aid concerts the following summer) and it is still one of the most recognizable Christmas OHW of all time. So throw your arms around the world cuz it's Christmas time! 

 

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