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Tina Turner Having achieved so much at age 50, her appearance on the charity single “We Are the World” has not received much attention following her death on Wednesday at the age of 83. January 28, 1985 A high-profile recording at A&M Studios in Hollywood – after that year’s American Music Awards.

Turner was the first woman to be named USA for Africa (short for United Artists Support for Africa) on a recording of 44 vocalists (21 featured vocalists and 23 additional artists in chorus). In the year It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in April and May 1985. In the year He said.

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A collection of stars

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This week in Billboard chart history: ‘Our World’ hit No. 1 in 1985.


With Turner’s death, a month after the death of musician and activist Harry Belafonte — who was the driving force behind “Our World” — 10 of the singers on the beat have passed. The first to die was Waylon Jennings in 2002, followed by Ray Charles in 2004 and the June Pointer Sisters in 2006.

Michael Jackson, who co-wrote the song with Lionel Richie, died in 2009, Al Jarrew in 2017, James Ingram in 2017 and Kenny Rogers in 2020. Rodgers was managed by Ken Cragan in its heyday in the 1980s. Belafonte hired him to bring his vision to life. Cragen died in 2021.

The Pointer sisters, Anita Pointer, died in December 2022, followed by Belafonte on April 25 and now Turner.

Jackson and Richie won Song of the Year for co-writing the song, but none of the recording artists won a Grammy. It was nominated for the Recording Academy Award of the Year, and another recording win – Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Vocal Group – went to solo producer Quincy Jones. Jones won his third Grammy of the night for producing the video for “We Are The World – The Video Event,” which won Best Music Video, Short Form. (Video director Tom Trobovich won in that category).

Jones and Ritchie are still living, as are most of the other participants. Other singers on the record include: Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, Lindsay Buckingham, Sheila E. , Jeffrey Osborne, Smokey Robinson, Pointer Sisters Ruth Pointer and Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Also: Huey Lewis and five former or current members of the band The News; Dan Aykroyd and Betty Miller hosted the first MTV Video Music Awards in September 1984. Bob Geldof, ed. In 1984, the UK charity single “Do You Know It’s Christmas?” What prompted the American response; And five Jackson siblings – but not Janet, her relationship control Next year.

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