Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
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!". I'm pretty sure the odd expletive was used, too!
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.
A new version of the song featuring more recent artists was released in November 2014.
Do They Know It's Christmas? 12 Inch Vinyl Sleeve
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