July 13th, 1985, a concert that spanned two continents took place.
Called "Live Aid," it was the brainchild of Irish pop singer Bob
Geldof, who organized the concert to raise money for the famine
Staged in Philadelphia and London, the sixteen-hour concert featured
luminaries such as Sting, the Beach Boys, David Bowie, Mick Jagger,
Elton John, Paul McCartney and many others.
Of all of the music presented at the festival, two songs were the
most significant. "We Are the World," recorded by USA for Africa,
and "Do they know it's Christmas, recorded by Band Aid, were written
specifically to raise money for the famine. Many of the musicians
featured at Live Aid took part in the recording of these two songs.
last count, Live Aid raised an estimated $100 million to fight hunger