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March 28, 1986, “We Are The World” Was Heard Everywhere on Radio Simultaneously

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I was searching through the “on this date” sites and came across something cool and I remember it as it happened. On this day, March 28, 1986 over 6,000 radio stations all played “We Are the World” at the same time at 10:15 am est. As you may remember or not depending on age I suppose, the song was a relief record recorded to fight famine in Africa. The super group who recorded it named U.S.A For Africa consisted of most of the top American recording stars of the day. “We Are The World featured, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen to name a few.

The song was released on March 7, 1986 and the video was recorded after the American Music Awards in the late winter of 1986. Why? Because they could get everyone together in one spot without having to call, fly in and mess with schedules.

“We Are The World” by U.S.A For Africa has raised so far over 63 million dollars for famine relief in Africa.

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