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Xmas is the season of goodwill, let's sing for charity

"Do They Know It's Christmas?"  by Band Aid - tbt christmas song uk char best selling - sound identity blog

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a famous song that all of us remember.

It was 1984 and Bob Geldof, former lead singer of Irish Band The Boomtown Rats, had the idea to form a supergroup - Band Aid – in order to sing this message.

All started in reaction to a BBC television report that showed the poverty affecting Ethiopian citizens, a report that was broadcast when Holidays were coming. Geldof was moved by that images and thought to raise funds for the cause.

The song was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and it was mostly recorded single day on 25 November 1984.

The single entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed there for five weeks.

It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million, becoming the Christmas number one of 1984.

The record earned the title of the fastest selling single in UK chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone and passing 3 million on the last day of 1984.

Who did appear in the recording? Just Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama.

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" was re-recorded three times: in 1989, 2004, and 2014. All the re-recordings were realized for charitable purposes.


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