A Monumental Recording. Band Aid. Do They Know It’s Christmas 1984. Classic Rewind.

The Historic Band Aid Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

November 25,1984

While living in London -in one incredible day; I was fortunate to be asked to be a part of this monumental recording session and single along with the best of the best of British pop and rock at the time. None of us really knew the magnitude of what it would be, it was all very low key when invited. The result was “Do The Know It’s Christmas” the name of the group – Band Aid. Four days later it was released in the UK along with a powerful documentary and it has been played during the holiday season since. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” remains one of the biggest singles of all time in the U.K. and mega seller worldwide. It’s an experience none of us involved will ever forget and a song that made a huge difference, setting the bar for other charity singles to follow.

Many of us performed the song on Top Of The Pops as well.

Band Aid Session Photo.
The list of all of the artists involved.

U2 (Bono), Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, Steve Norman, Duran Duran (John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, Nick Rhodes), Paul Young, Spandau Ballet (Tony Hadley, Martin Kemp, Gary Kemp, Martin Ware, Steve Norman, John Keeble),  Chris Cross, Midge Ure (Ultra Vox), Simon Crow (The Boomtown Rats), Marilyn, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Jody Watley, Paul Weller, Kool & The Gang (James “JT” Taylor, Robert Bell, Dennis Thomas), George Michael, Culture Club (Boy George, Jon Moss), Sting, Johnny Fingers – Rick Parfitt, Franics Rossi (Status Quo), Siohban Fahey, Keren Woodward, Sarah Dallin (Bananarama)

The Commemorative Magazine – George Michael, Sir Bob Geldof, Sting, Simon LeBon; John Taylor, Rick Parfitt, Jody Watley & Banarama (Siobhan, Karen, Sarah), Boy George, Sir Bob Geldof
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From the Commemorative Magazine

The magazine itself was probably 10 pages, these are a selected few. Band Aid was also on the cover of every major paper in the United Kingdom – all copies sold out.

Watch the video on Youtube.

Today’s Look and The Jason Show On Fox 9.

Jody Watley – Ombre Color and Bangs.

Up bright and early this morning for The Jason Show on Fox 9. We had a fun conversation, I shared a back story about “Looking For A New Love” as well.

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Jody Watley on The Jason Show.

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Week. Vintage Glam In British Magazine Record Mirror. Wattage Thoughts.

Jody Watley.

British magazine Record Mirror in 1984.

Fast forward 2021 — I am blessed to continue to have longevity in this business – perseverance, tenacity, occupational stamina, faith and self-belief -especially as a woman still going strong after decades in the game against the odds and naysayers.

Always believe in yourself on your path, your journey, on your road in life – it’s yours no one else’s. Your calling is not a conference call!

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. JET Magazine Cover 1987. Solo Debut Feature.

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Jody Watley ADLIB – Japanese Music Magazine. 1992

Jody Watley

ADLIB Magazine, Japan

I’ was pregnant with my wonderful son Arie and definitely had a more pared down style. Writing songs and conceptualizing for what would become 1993’s “Intimacy” album as my marriage was unraveling and my label had changed ownership – again. “Affairs of The Heart’ was also still being promoted by Universal Music Group Japan.

The A&R and promotions staff had also changed. They didn’t really love my creative direction musically however what has always been important to me is not get stuck in a box if formula and sameness -so to say I was introspective is an understatement.

Being a black girl from Chicago and seeing myself featured on Japanese magazines, British magazines and so on is something that has always been special. Rather than let these benchmarks collect dust in a garage or storage unit – I’m bringing some of them into the digital realm because it’s a part of the Jody Watley history and story that preceded the internet and social media.

I’ll have to locate the full article and feature and not just cover as well as the first time I was on the cover in 1988 for my solo debut.

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Jody Watley Classic Magazine Cover of The Day. Blues and Soul U.K. 1989

Jody Watley. Blues and Soul 1989

Photography by Steven Meisel from my second solo multi-platinum album “Larger Than Life”

“I pride myself on being involved on all aspects of what I’m doing..all I can do is the best I can..”

The above is still true all these years later.

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Jody Watley Classic Covers Of The Day. British Music Magazine – Echoes

Jody Watley, 1987 – Echoes
Jody Watley, 1989 – Echoes.

Discovering all sorts of gems trying to organize the vast press clippings in my archives. I’m fortunate to have hits in other countries like the U.K. though I rarely get over there going back to my early releases in the 80’s and 90’s on the Official Charts, and later on their Dance and Soul Charts.

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. British Pop Music Magazine Record Mirror.

Jody Watley.

Photographer – Tony Costa

Makeup – Paul Starr

Hair – Peter Savic

Custom Bespoke Suit – Richard Tyler

Stylng – Jody Watley

“Precious Love” Review by Kevin Aston – showing some love for the remix by Soul II Soul’s keyboard wiz Simon Law – this is one of my favorite remixes in the ongoing catalog!

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Italian Magazine MAX

Jody Watley.

MAX Magazine, September Issue.

Photographer: J.P. Soltan

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Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. LA Eyeworks Ad.

Photography by Greg Gorman.