In 1984 Sir Bob Geldorf and Midge Ure responded to the terrible television report of famine in Ethiopia, by writing the song Do They Know It’s Christmas? On the 25 November 1984 it was recorded in a single day by a super group that they named Band Aid.
The super group was made up of most of the top singers and groups in the United Kingdom and the single was released on 1 December, where it went on to chart at Number 1 worldwide. It also led to concerts around the globe which meant they easily surpassed the goal of raising £70,000 and raised an incredible £8 million within the 12 month period after it was released.
Do They Know It’s Christmas? was re-released three more times for charity – in 1989, 2004 and 2014. Each time it was released it went to Number One around the world and raised funds for famine relief or the ebola crisis.
The original release went to Number One on the British charts and stayed there for five weeks, including being there for the prestigious number one on Christmas Day.
It remains a much loved Christmas song, especially this year when I watched the video clip and realised how many of the vocalists are no longer with us. David Bowie, George Michael, Freddie Mercury, Rick Parfitt … came immediately to mind.
So enjoy Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid.