Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Video, 1984, and back story)

If you grew up in the 80s, you were probably really excited when this song came out at Christmas, 1984.  There are lots of interesting stories associated with it.

The guys from Kool and the Gang were the only American artists recording on the song.

If you don’t know who the first guy singing is, that’s Paul Young, who was huge in the 80s.  You know, he sings that song “Everytime You Go Away” that plays on soft rock stations.  David Bowie was supposed to open the song, but couldn’t make the session (he sent in his track to be included).  I think Paul Young did an amazing job, though.

Bob Geldof phoned and woke up Boy George to fly to London (he flew on the Concorde!) to participate — he was the last one to be recorded.

The song earned $14 million for famine relief and spurred a bunch of follow-up efforts, such as Live Aid and various imitators.

Oddly enough, organizer Bob Geldof (of the Boomtown Rats) absolutely hates this song now.  Oh, well! Bob or no, it’s still a great song, and my son loves it.

The record was released on November 29, 1984, and went straight to No. 1 in the UK singles chart, outselling all the other records in the chart put together. It became the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK, selling a million copies in the first week alone.

Here’s the video…

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