American recording artists gather to record “We Are the World”
“Check your egos at the door.”
USA for Africa
Approximately 45 stars sang on “We Are the World” that night. Huge-in-the-80s figures included Cyndi Lauper and Huey Lewis. Country stars Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson; pop icons Smokey Robinson, Tina Turner and Paul Simon; and musical giants Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. Also in the studio that night were half of the Jackson family and one Irishman (Bob Geldof, co-organizer of Band Aid). One party-crashing Canadian, comedian Dan Ackroyd participated. Egos fully in check, the group laid down the chorus and solos before sunrise on the 29th. “We Are the World” was in the stores and on the airwaves just five weeks later.