31 years ago today, three dozen English musicians gathered in a London studio to record Do They Know It’s Christmas for the sole purpose of raising money to send food to starving families in Ethiopia. Music sales for Band Aid, the world’s first charity super-group raised $14 million. (1984)
Watch their music video, starring a young Phil Collins, Sting, Paul McCartney, and Bono, below… and Buy the song on Amazon.
(Click to see the photo of Band Aid enlarged)
MORE Good News on this Date:
- The Statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina was re-established in Yugoslavia (1943)
- Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened in London and became the longest continuously-running play in history (1952)
- Suriname gained independence from the Netherlands (1975)
- A Korean Research team announced their use of cord blood stem cells to regrow a spinal cord as patient walks for the first time in 19 years (2004)
Also check out the newest version of the song, by Band-Aid 30, released in early November, 2014 to raise money for the Ebola crisis. Bob Geldof, who originally dreamed up the idea for Band Aid (and later, Live Aid), updated his song “Do They Know…” to describe the Ebola epidemic… BUY either of these tunes and 100% of the money will go toward helping our friends in Africa.