to benefit Haiti
being asked to participate was “the biggest honour a musician can ever do.”
“Having Quincy, our father of music ... and Lionel Richie asking me to contribute and help, I said of course, because this is not about me,” he said. “It’s about Haiti.”
Written by Michael Jackson and Richie, the original We Are the World thundered up the charts when it was released on the radio and in record stores in March 1985.
An unprecedented number of top pop musicians gathered at A&M the night of Jan. 28, 1985, following the American Music Awards, to record the tune. The song featured 45 American superstars, including Jackson, Richie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper.
The record raised more than $30 million for USA for Africa, a non-profit organization founded by the singers to fund hunger relief in African nations.