In December 1984, “Do they Know It’s Christmas? (Feed the World)” was released to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote the tune, and put together a group of huge pop stars of the time. They called the group Band Aid. By January of 1985 2.5 million copies of the song had sold. Their goal was to raise about $100,000 for famine relief. By December of 1985 the song had raised about $10 million.
Band Aid has been re-formed a few times since then, as usual gathering popular artists willing to lend their time and voice to a good cause. The 1989 and 2004 recordings raised more money for famine relief, and in 2014 they produced another version of the song to raise money to fight Ebola in west Africa.
Enjoy this blast from the past, and have a wonderful weekend.
Matthew Ramer, AIF® Principal, Financial Advisor MOR Wealth Management, LLC
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