It was on March 7th, 1985, that we heard the song “We Are The World” for the first time on our radios.
The song and charity single was recorded by the supergroup calling themselves United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (with arrangements by Michael Omartian) and produced by Quincy Jones. The song sold over 20 million copies. The song went on to win three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award. The song and merchandise that was sold raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the United States.
The recording was conducted by Quincy Jones and included the following solo artists, (in order of appearance): Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles.
If that wasn’t an impressive enough line-up, the chorus included: Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper, Jackie Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Bette Midler, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, and Smokey Robinson.
It also included the following musicians: David Paich – synthesizers, Michael Boddicker – synthesizers, programming, Paulinho da Costa – percussion, Louis Johnson – synth bass, Michael Omartian – keyboards, Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, and John Robinson – drums
Here is a video of “We Are The World” that identifies the artist and also includes the lyrics. (Unfortunately the video and the audio don’t perfectly match)…
And here is a video on the recording of the song that includes behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with some of the artists…
Here is the Wikipedia page for “We Are The World”.