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USA For Africa – We Are The World (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 26th, 2014

A. Front

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday that we celebrate on Thursday November 27 here in the US. It’s a time to reflect and give thanks for all of the abundant blessings and freedom that we have. We gather around the table with family and friends to share a festive meal. We also spare a thought for those not so lucky. It is a season of bountifulness and a reason to share the same ….true Thanksgiving is in actually doing that – Giving !!!”

I will be spending some time with family and friends over the next few days and will return on Tuesday December 2.

001“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.

Following Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” project in the UK, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. The duo completed the writing of “We Are the World” seven weeks after the release of “Do They Know Its Christmas”, and one night before the song’s first recording session, on January 21, 1985. (The last recording session for the song was held on January 28, 1985.) The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the only single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout the world and became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. The first ever single to be certified multi-platinum, “We Are the World” received a Quadruple Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, the song garnered mixed reviews from journalists, music critics, and the public. Fans enjoyed hearing racially and musically diverse recording artists singing together on one track, and felt satisfied in buying “We Are the World”, knowing that the money was going to charity. Other individuals, including many commentators in the rock press, were disappointed that the song did not challenge listeners as to why famines occur in the first place, and felt that the lyrics were self-aggrandizing.

Awarded numerous honors—including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award—the song was promoted with a critically received music video, a home video, a special edition magazine, a simulcast, and several books, posters, and shirts. The promotion and merchandise aided the success of “We Are the World” and raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.

Following the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, a remake of the song by another all-star cast of singers was recorded on February 1, 2010. Entitled “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”, it was released as a single on February 12, 2010, and proceeds from the record aided survivors in the impoverished country.

We Are The World 7:19

We Are The World 7:19

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1985 We Are The World U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart #76
1985 We Are The World U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1985 We Are The World U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #1
1985 We Are The World U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #1
1985 We Are The World U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #27
1985 We Are The World U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles #1


Label: Columbia ‎– US2-05179
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: March 7, 1985
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock

Conductor – Quincy Jones
Engineer – Humberto Gatica, John Guess
Producer – Quincy Jones
Producer [Associate] – Tom Bahler
Written-By – Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson

Promo. Same versions on both sides.

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22 Responses to “USA For Africa – We Are The World (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. NKelly Says:

    Awesome song. Not sure if this is extended i think the original was long. Still got this on 7″ single (UK).


    DjPaulT Reply:

    The 7″ actually fades out early and runs 6:22 🙂


    NKelly Reply:

    Spot on i was just gonna say exactly that about the time. Just been on Discogs. 7″ worldwide i guess should’ve been referred to as Edit but wasn’t. 12″ version no mix name either. Nice to know was just a fade. Great to have full length and in BTG quality!


    Dan Reply:

    What a great song. And a perfect song to reflect on what we have to be thankful for, especially since people in other places don’t always have it as good as we do.

    Do you have the 7″ single, Paul? I never knew there was an edit, as I never had the single (only the album). If so, that might be a good post to use in a few months when the 30th anniversary of the recording comes.

    I always wished there was some kind of compilation CD released with charity singles like this. It could include “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, “We Are The World”, “Hands Across America”, “Voices That Care” and other charity songs that were hits. It would be good to have, especially since those last two I mentioned are hard to find. I don’t think “Hands Across America” has ever been on CD! But again, thanks for a great post!


  2. martijn van heeringen Says:

    Thanks Paul – some song bring back good highschool memories because their melody somehow stands for an era treasured but long gone. We are the world is such a tune.
    1985 was a good 80s music year anyway, I immediately associate this track with Paul Hardcastle’s ’19’ and, accidentally just published, Duran Duran with A View to a kill, tracks that were popular at that time.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Martijn 🙂


  3. Stefano Says:

    Good choice! Too bad CBS didn’t decide to put the instrumental version on the B-sides of all single releases worldwide. The instrumental version finally made it on the Japanese CD/DVD single in 2006/2009/2010, but in mono only (kind of strange, because the DVD contains the stereo instrumental version during the end credits).

    Have a nice time with your family.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Weird that they released the inst in mono. This 12″ sounds really good 🙂


  4. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Gobble Gobble.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Omar 🙂


  5. Jermajesty Says:

    On one of the DVDs about We Are The World there’s a feature that’s about 20-30 mins long which is just the camera rolling and them doing take after take (ISTR Lauper usually messes it up and they have to start all over again. 😀 ) It’s repetative but worth sticking with to hear how each artist changes their line each take until tou get the one we’re oh so familiar with.

    Have good break (and more rest) Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jermajesty I will check out that DVD sounds like fun 🙂


    woz Reply:

    I agree, Jermajesty, the dvd is fun to watch.


  6. ric Says:

    I’m thankful for having you as part of my life, despite not being able to visit as frequently as before.
    Enjoy your time with your loved ones and have a well-deserved holiday!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am thankful for you Ric and all of the BTG readers. Wish we could hear from you more often my friend 🙂


  7. Jeff Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Paul to you and your family! I have so much to be thankful for, you and Burning The Ground are amongst all the things I’m grateful for. I love this place and all of your readers. They are some of the warmest people in Cyberspace. Forums can be so negative, but not BTG. There is so much light and love here Paul, with you being our brightest star. Rest up and enjoy yourself. You too Burning The Ground members as well!! It’s a wonderful holiday because we all get to reflect on ourselves, others and the world we live in. I am ever so thankful.

    And as Paul says, “With Light and Love!,”



    Ray In Australia Reply:

    That is so true Jeff. I never gave it a thought until I read your words. I’ve been a member of different forums over the years and found some to be so judgemental and negative. Some days I’d actually feel down just visiting them.

    Burning The Ground on the other hand has a very up-beat feel and people who leave comments are so respectful. DJ Paul manages this “place” very well indeed 🙂


    Jeff Reply:

    Thanks so much Ray In Australia for your reply. I’m glad you’ve noticed it too about Burning The Ground. Paul is remarkable in so many, many ways and it’s great we all feel this way, ultra-positive and respectful and highly appreciative of DjPaulT’s tireless hard work.



  8. ron Says:

    Great tune.. Thanks Paul.. 🙂


  9. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul. Another 12″ can be put to rest.


  10. woz Says:



  11. Stephen Says:

    thank you !


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