Today In Pop Music History (11-27-2015)

A CHRISTMAS CLASSIC TURNS 31


It’s ironic that today is Black Friday, the first official day for Christmas shopping season. We already have well about 150 radio stations playing non-stop Christmas music…and 31 years ago on this day (November 28, 1984), this historic Christmas record was released…
 
 
“Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid raised $14 million to benefit the unfortunate in Africa. Plus, it ignited a craze that included at least three more key benefit singles.
 
Like this one…”Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid…
 
 
And this one, the #1 record of 1986…”That’s What Friends Are For” By Dionne And Friends…
 
 
And this one, my choice of the #6 Patriotic song of all time…”Hands Across America” by Voices Of America…
 
 
“Do They Know It’s Christmas” sold 11.8 million copies by 1989. There’s been at least three re-recorded versions (1989, 2004 and 2014).
 
“Do They Know It’s Christmas” is the second biggest selling single in England, topped only by Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind (1997).”
 
For much more on the song and benefit act…
 
 
 
 
TOMORROW:
REMEMBERING THE QUIET BEATLE




Preview YouTube video Artists United Against Apartheid – Sun City (Official Video)

Preview YouTube video That’s What Friends Are For

Preview YouTube video Hands Across America 1986

 

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