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.

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

#OnThisDay London, 1984 – in one incredible day, I was fortunate to be asked to be a part of this charity single along with the best of the best of British pop and rock at the time. We recorded this single for Band Aid. Four days later it was released in the UK and it has been played at this time of year ever since and 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.

Jody Watley. The Historic Band Aid Do They Know It’s Christmas Experience

It began with a phone call. I’d been living on London with my best friend Jermaine Stewart after leaving my post as the original female lead vocalist of Shalamar on the 4th of July in 1983. The phone call came from Mariella Frostup, who at the time was the publicist for Phonogram Records. I’m told this was at the behest of organizer Sir Bob Geldof who was assembling some of the greatest pop and rock artists of the time and Shalamar had been blazing hot in the UK in this era. The only other American act included were members of Kool and the Gang with lead vocalist J.T. Taylor who were touring the UK at the time with a string of hits as well.

As a side note, Phonogram was very keen to sign me as a solo artist at the time at the helm of executive Chris Briggs – I feel so blessed to have been a part of this historic musical charity event helping to raise millions of dollars which also subsequently inspired USA For Africa.

 

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Siobhan Fahey, Jody Watley, Midge Ure, Karen Woodward, Sara Dallin

Siobhan Fahey, Jody Watley, Midge Ure, Karen Woodward, Sara Dallin

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This Official Band Aid Magazine with it’s 40 pages was sold in local newsstands and convenience stores selling-out quickly for 1.25 p. Imagine if we’d all had smartphones, iPhones, etc. with cameras and video back then to capture the recording and the total camaraderie and slight chaos that went on that day. At the time I thought Bananarama blowing cigarette smoke my way were unfriendly but we had a good laugh about it recently at Giorgio’s dancing the night away. The Mr. Marilyn keep the atmosphere light with his quick wit and exchanges with Boy George and everyone.

Leaving Giorgo's on the Sunset Strip, 2013 exchanging 'Good-night and well wishes' to Siobhan Fahey (former Bananarama)

Leaving Giorgo’s on the Sunset Strip, 2013 exchanging ‘Good-night and well wishes’ to Siobhan Fahey (former Bananarama)

As I’ve said in interviews, it was at this recording that I asked George Michael, if I signed a deal would he duet with me – and he kept his word on my solo debut in 1987. There was some friendly flirting directed my way from John Taylor of Duran Duran and Paul Young as well. This was another blessed and memorable experience I was fortunate to be a part of.