Inspired by Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” Harry Belafonte decided to form his own musical super-group to help raise money to fight famine in Africa. The resulting effort, "We are the World," would go on to become become one of the fastest- and best-selling singles of the modern pop era, and a great fundraising success for U.S.A. for Africa.
In a behind-the-scenes video documenting the rehearsal process, a number of performers commented on the autograph frenzy that broke out midway through recording: "Mass hysteria broke out because everybody wanted everybody else's autograph" — "Everyone wanted a memento that we could all keep ourselves, and we had the sheet music and had all the other artist's sign it."
The present soloist leadsheet has been signed by at least 21 of the 45 performers, including: Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, James Ingram, Michael Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Steve Perry, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, and Tina Turner.
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