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Band Aid was a charity super group established by Bob Geldof (top left) of The Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure (top right) from Ultravox to raise money for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia. Released on December 3, 1984, their single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” raised $14 million for the cause.

According to Songfacts, most of the song was recorded and mixed over a 24-hour period on November 25, 1984, at SARM West Studios in London. This could not have been an easy feat given how many voices are featured on the recording. It was a who’s who of mid-’80s hitmakers.

Band Aid’s musicians for “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” were Midge Ure on keyboards, Phil Collins (Genesis) on drums, Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) on guitar, and John Taylor (Duran Duran) on bass. The vocals were performed by:

Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & the Gang)
Bono (U2)
Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
Adam Clayton (U2)
Phil Collins (Genesis and solo artist)
Chris Cross (Ultravox)
Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats)
Sara Dallin (Bananarama)
Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
Boy George (Culture Club)
Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Marilyn (solo artist)
George Michael (Wham!)
Jon Moss (Culture Club)
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Sting (The Police and solo artist)
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
James “J.T.” Taylor (Kool & the Gang)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
Jody Watley (solo artist)
Paul Weller (The Style Council)
Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
Paul Young (solo artist)

Band Aid - Do they know it's christmas 1984 | HD - Widescreen 16:9

Band Aid vocalist members:Robert "Kool" Bell (Kool & the Gang)Bono (U2)Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)Adam Clayton (U2)Phil Collins (Genesis and solo arti...