‘We Are The World’ fun facts

Getting the performers together for the making of “We Are The World” together was no easy task for Ken Kragen.

The following is a list of artists who performed on the record:

* Dan Aykroyd
* Harry Belafonte
* Lindsey Buckingham
* Kim Carnes
* Ray Charles
* Bob Dylan
* Sheila E.
* Bob Geldof
* Hall and Oates
* James Ingram
* Jackie Jackson
* LaToya Jackson
* Marlon Jackson
* Michael Jackson
* Randy Jackson
* Tito Jackson
* Al Jarreau
* Waylon Jennings (who left the recording session due to a dispute over the lyrics)
* Billy Joel
* Cyndi Lauper
* Huey Lewis And The News
* Kenny Loggins
* Bette Midler
* Willie Nelson
* Jeffery Osborne
* Steve Perry
* The Pointer Sisters
* Lionel Richie
* Smokey Robinson
* Kenny Rogers
* Diana Ross
* Paul Simon
* Bruce Springsteen
* Tina Turner
* Dionne Warwick
* Stevie Wonder
* Michael Boddicker – Synthesizers, Programming
* Paulinho da Costa – Percussion
* Louis Johnson – Bass
* Quincy Jones – Producer
* Michael Omartian – Keyboards, Producer
* Greg Phillinganes – Keyboards
* John Robinson – Drums

• “We Are The World” did not immediately go to #1 in the U.S. It first reached the Billboard Hot 100 at #21 on March 23, 1985. Still, that represented the highest debut chart position for a single since John Lennon’s “Imagine.” In three weeks, it climbed all the way to #1.

• As of 2009, “We Are The World” has sold more than 20 million units and raised more than $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the U.S.

• The song received a number of honors, including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award and a People’s Choice Award.

• “We Are The World” was the first single to be certified multi-platinum.


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