#OTD in 1984 – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, was released by Band-Aid, to aid famine relief in Ethiopia.

‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ is a charity single organised by Bob Geldof, who was the lead singer of The Boomtown Rats. He got the idea after watching a BBC documentary on famine in Ethiopia. Geldof wrote the lyrics and Midge Ure from the band Ultravox wrote the music and produced the track, which was […]

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#OTD in 1984 – Bob Geldof and Midge Ure founded ‘Band Aid’ and wrote a song, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing it for the Christmas market.

Geldof was given no more than 24 hours to record and mix ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ at the SARM Studios in the Notting Hill district of London.  Considering the logistics of getting all of those names in one room (which included Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, George Michael and Boy George, to name […]

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#OTD in 1985 – Live Aid, organised primarily by Dublin-born, Bob Geldof, is held in London and Philadelphia in aid of Ethiopian famine relief.

Geldof was lead singer with Irish punk band The Boomtown Rats. Geldof became an outspoken voice for third world countries and bullied, cajoled, persuaded some of the world’s largest bands to donate their services for huge musical events. Bands that played London include U2, Queen, the Who and Dire Straits. Philadelphia performers included the Beach […]

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