‘We Are the World’: A Minute-By-Minute Breakdown

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“Check your egos at the door” read the sign on the front door of A&M Studios in Los Angeles on the night of January 28th, 1985. Producer Quincy Jones had placed it there because dozens of the nation’s biggest singers were walking through that door, and he had exactly one night to cut a record that would save lives by raising money to help alleviate a famine in Ethiopia.

The result, USA for Africa’s “We Are the World,” was released 33 years ago, on March 7th, 1985.

Read more about the history-making, all-nighter recording session here.

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