“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”
-John Lennon, “Imagine”
Maybe it is unrealistic to think that we could all “be as one” as John Lennon dreamed but I would like to think there’s hope that we can step closer to living in peace. Horrible things are happening to people all over the world, not only here in our own backyards.
Sometimes we get it right and I think “We Are the World” is an example.
“We Are the World” is the song I am sharing for Hugh’s 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past. The idea for this song originated with Harry Belafonte, who asked Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers to take part. From there, more artists were included until it culminated into an incredible success, never losing sight of the end goal- to provide relief for starving people in Africa.
Just the facts:
Released- March 7, 1985
Written by- Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
Produced by- Quincy Jones
Awards- 3 Grammy Awards, American Music Award and Peoples Choice Award
Raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the U.S. with over 20 million copies sold.
Performed by- Quincy Jones, Conductor
Soloists- 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, Darryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles
Chorus- 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, Smokey Robinson.
Instruments played by- David Paich – synthesizers, Michael Boddicker – synthesizers, programming, Paulinho da Costa – percussion, Louis Johnson – synth bass, Michael Omartian – keyboards, Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, John Robinson – drums
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