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We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song (1985)

We Are the World (original title)
In 1984, British and Irish pop stars united for the cause of Ethiopian famine relief as Band Aid. The following year, the Americans did the same as USA for Africa. This is how it happened.

Director:

Tom Trbovich

Writer:

Mikal Gilmore (narration)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Herself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Aykroyd ... Himself
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Kim Carnes ... Herself
Ray Charles ... Himself
Bob Dylan ... Himself
Sheila E. ... Herself
Bob Geldof ... Himself
Daryl Hall ... Himself
James Ingram ... Himself
Michael Jackson ... Himself
Al Jarreau ... Himself
Billy Joel ... Himself
Louis Johnson Louis Johnson ... Himself - Bassist
Quincy Jones ... Himself - Conductor
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Storyline

The program takes a closer look at the huge event behind the recording of the USA for Africa's song and clip 'We Are the World', a massive concentration of influential artists of the period who joined forces to produce a great effort to combat the famine in Africa during the 1980's. Jane Fonda hosts the documentary, which follows the rehearsals for the song, the interaction between the artists and how their collaboration was put together. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$65,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This song was recorded in an all-night recording session immediately after the American Music Awards. See more »

Quotes

Huey Lewis: [discussing the word change in the song lyrics] "Better"? No, no, "brighter". It's gonna be "brighter", now.
Stevie Wonder: "Better" has more bite.
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Connections

Referenced in If Looks Could Kill (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are the World
(uncredited)
Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
Performed by USA for Africa


Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian
Conducted by Quincy Jones
Associate Producer: Tom Bähler
Engineered by Humberto Gatica, assisted by Larry Fergusson and Khaliq Glover
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Executive Production Assistant: Madeline Randolph
Production Assistants: Pam Small, Steve Ray and Mark Ross
Production Coordinator: Jolie Levine
Copyists: Doug Dana and Tom Brown
Roadies: David Bowers, Ed Simeone and Claudio Ordenes
Vocal Choir Arrangements: Tom Bähler, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
Solo Vocal Choreography: Quincy Jones and Tom Bähler
Synthesizer Arrangements: David Paich, Michael Omartian, Quincy Jones, John Barnes, Michael Boddicker and Ian Underwood
Rhythm Arrangements: Quincy Jones and John Barnes
Synthesizer Programming: John Barnes, Michael Boddicker and Steve Porcaro
Synclavier Programming: Kevin Maloney and Mark Ross
Oberheim-8 Programming: Marcus Ryles
Musicians: Tom Bähler, John Barnes, Michael Boddicker, Paulinho Da Costa, Humberto Gatica, Louis Johnson, Michael Melvoin, Michael Omartian, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Greg Phillinganes, John Robinson, Marcus Ryles, Ian Underwood
Clappers: James Ingram, Cathy Worthington, Greg Phillinganes, Marcel East, Khaliq Glover, Elaine Phillinganes, Karla Phillinganes and Mark Ross
©1985 Mijac Music (BMI) and Brockman Music (ASCAP)
(P) 1985 United Support of Artists for Africa
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We are the World
22 February 2005 | by sonyachittiSee all my reviews

Even 20 years after its release, We are the World continues to make my hair rise! The passion, dedication, harmony and sheer beauty of the song makes it a complete anthem and it should go down in history and a world anthem altogether. Congratulations Quincy Jones and every other artist who performed the track. I wait for another. I hadn't watched the video in a while, but I saw it strangely on MTV today and I decided to go back to my old music videos and watch this one. It was incredible, I listened to it repeatedly and was awestruck each time. The spirit of togetherness and harmony amongst the artists makes the experience worth it, every single time. Keep up the good work USA for Africa!


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