"Do They Know It’s Christmas?" is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise awareness and funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. The song has since become a Christmas classic and is widely regarded as one of the best charity singles of all time.
Origins of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"
The song was written in response to a BBC report about the famine in Ethiopia that aired in October 1984. Moved by the plight of the people of Ethiopia, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote the song to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
The song was recorded in a single day in November 1984, with some of the biggest names in British music coming together for the cause. Artists such as Bono, Sting, George Michael, Phil Collins and Boy George all contributed to the song, which was released on December 3rd 1984.
Impact of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"
The song was an instant success, topping the charts in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. It also reached the top 10 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States.
In the UK, the song raised over £8 million for famine relief, making it one of the most successful charity singles of all time. The song has since become an iconic Christmas classic and is still played every year.
"Do They Know It’s Christmas?" has had an immense impact since its release in 1984. It has raised millions of pounds for famine relief, and has become a beloved Christmas classic. Its success shows the power of music to bring people together for a good cause.
(Headline):”The Power Behind Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the powerful charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” released by star-studded British and Irish supergroup Band Aid in 1984 to benefit those suffering from famine in Ethiopia.
The song was written by Bob Geldof, who organized Band Aid to raise proceeds for the relief effort in Ethiopia. Geldof was incredibly motivated when he wrote the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, wishing to raise awareness of the famine and poverty in Ethiopia while doing his part to help. The British and Irish all-star cast included some of the biggest names in music at the time, such as Bono of U2, Sting of The Police, and Boy George of Culture Club.
The song was an instant success and topped the charts across the world. It launched a massive fundraising effort by the British public, ultimately raising 15 million pounds sterling.
The money raised by Band Aid went directly towards the famine relief effort in Ethiopia, and a subsequent single, “Feed the World” was recorded in 1989 as a sequel to “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. The success of the Band Aid project showed the world the power of mass collaboration, as contributions from some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world united to raise money for a charitable cause.
The success of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” serves as an enduring testament to the power of music to unite people for a cause. Band Aid’s success helped to kick start a wave of other charity record releases, and has left a lasting legacy for future generations of music lovers.