You have to admire Bob Geldof's passion for trying to get this huge band together. We all remember the following year at Live Aid when he was in the studio during the event and thumping the table asking us all to "forget about going to the pub, just send the money now!".
Band Aid was created in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to
raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Do They Know It's Christmas? became the
biggest-sellling single in UK chart history - it stayed at #1 for five
weeks - until 1997 when Elton John recorded a new version of Candle in the Wind
as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
At least 45 artists
contributed to the Band Aid single including Phil Collins, Bono, George
Michael and Paul Young, to name but a few. A 12" version was also
produced by Trevor Horn.
In 1989 Band Aid II released a new version of
the song with a whole set of new pop artists contributing, although Sara
Dallin and Keren Woodward from Bananarama were the only singers to also
feature on the original.