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Live Aid, Saturday 13th July 1985: The Greatest Show On Earth

Various Writers, Smash Hits, 17 July 1985

LAST DECEMBER when Bob Geldof and Midge Ure assembled a choir of extremely famous pop stars to record a song in aid of starving Ethiopians, no one quite realised what a big deal it would turn out to be. Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas' quickly became the biggest-selling British single of all time and generated a staggering £8 million towards relief of the famine. But that wasn't the end of it. A torrent of similar projects from other countries followed — including USA For Africa's huge hit 'We Are The World' — and food and supplies bought with the profits started to get through to Ethiopia.

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