Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Band Aid

Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released by Band Aid on 29 November 1984. In late 1984, a BBC report by Michael Buerk was aired highlighting the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer Bob Geldof saw the report and wanted to raise money. He called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?". Geldof kept a November appointment with BBC Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner to appear on his show, but instead of discussing his new album (the original reason for his booking), he used his airtime to publicise the idea for the charity single, so by the time the musicians were recruited there was intense media interest in the subject. Geldof put together a group called Band Aid, consisting of leading Irish and British musicians who were among the most popular of the era. The 1984 original became the biggest selling single in UK singles chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks, becoming Christmas number one, and sold more than 3.5 million copies domestically. It remained the highest selling single in UK chart history until 1997, when Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" was released in tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, which sold almost 5 million copies in Britain.

Participants (1984 version):

  • Adam Clayton (U2)
  • Phil Collins (Genesis, solo)
  • Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
  • Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
  • Chris Cross (Ultravox)
  • John Taylor (Duran Duran)
  • Paul Young
  • Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
  • Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
  • Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
  • Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats)
  • Marilyn
  • Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
  • Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
  • Jody Watley (Shalamar)
  • Bono (U2)
  • Paul Weller (The Style Council)
  • James "J.T." Taylor (Kool & the Gang)
  • George Michael (Wham!)
  • Midge Ure (Ultravox)
  • Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
  • John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
  • Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
  • Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
  • Sarah Dallin (Bananarama)
  • Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
  • Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
  • Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
  • Robert 'Kool' Bell (Kool & the Gang)
  • Dennis J. T. Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
  • Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
  • Jon Moss (Culture Club)
  • Sting (The Police)
  • Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
  • Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
  • Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
  • David Bowie
  • Boy George (Culture Club)
  • Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
  • Paul McCartney
  • Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
  • Bruce Watson (Big Country)
  • Tony Butler (Big Country)
  • Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)
Participants 1989 version:

  • Bananarama
  • Big Fun
  • Bros
  • Cathy Dennis
  • D Mob
  • Jason Donovan
  • Kevin Godley
  • Glen Goldsmith
  • Kylie Minogue
  • The Pasadenas
  • Chris Rea
  • Cliff Richard
  • Jimmy Somerville
  • Sonia
  • Lisa Stansfield
  • Technotronic
  • Wet Wet Wet
Band Aid 20 (2004 version) participants:

  • Bono (U2)
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Vishal Das
  • Busted
  • Chris Martin (Coldplay)
  • Dido – performed separately from a studio in Melbourne
  • Dizzee Rascal – the only artist to add lyrics to the song
  • Ms Dynamite
  • Skye Edwards (Morcheeba)
  • Estelle
  • Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy)
  • Jamelia
  • Tom Chaplin (Keane)
  • Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)
  • Beverley Knight
  • Lemar
  • Shaznay Lewis (formerly of All Saints)
  • Katie Melua
  • Róisín Murphy (Moloko)
  • Feeder
  • Snow Patrol
  • Rachel Stevens
  • Joss Stone
  • Sugababes
  • The Thrills
  • Turin Brakes
  • Robbie Williams – performed separately from a studio in Los Angeles
  • Will Young
  • Francis Healy (Travis)

1-) Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984 version).
2-) Do They Know It's Christmas? (1989 version).
3-) Do They Know It's Christmas? (2004 version).


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