Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid



” Do They Know It’s Christmas? ” was by Band-Aid, the charity group made up of famous 1980s musicians and recording artists. The song was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure ( who also produced the track ).
Bob Geldof ( Robert Frederick Zenon “Bob” Geldof ) is an Irish singer and songwriter. In the late 1970s and early 80s, he rose to fame as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats. The group had a Number One UK single in 1979 with ” I Don’t Like Mondays “, a song about the shootings at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California by 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer on the 29th of January 1979.
Midge Ure ( James “Midge” Ure ) is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. He had success during the 1970s and 80s as a member of Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage. He is best known as the lead singer with Ultravox, who were denied a Number One in the United Kingdom with ” Vienna ” by John Lennon and then Joe Dolce and hit novelty single ” Shaddap You Face “.
Bob Geldof had seen a BBC news report by Michael Buerk about the famine in Ethiopia. Bob called his old friend Midge Ure, and over lunch, they discussed what they could do to help alleviate the suffering in Ethiopia. After the meeting, Bob started ringing leading artists of the time and began to recruit what was to become a supergroup.
On the 25th of November 1984, the group was assembled at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London. The studios were situated inside a deconsecrated former church and are currently owned by SPZ Group, a holding company owned by producer Trevor Horn.
The following morning after the recording took place; Bob Geldof appeared on a BBC breakfast show hosted by Mike Read to promote the ” Do They Know It’s Christmas? “. He made a promise that every penny earned would go to the cause, most high street record retailers at the time agreed to sell the single at the cost price of £1.35 including VAT ( Value added tax ).
Bob became angry that the British Government would waive the VAT on the single, he made headlines in the UK by standing up to the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher about the Government taking a tax on the sales. In the end, the UK Government backed down and donated the amount raised through the tax back to the charity.
BBC Radio 1 A-listed the single and played the track every hour; usually, A listed singles would get eight plays per day on the radio network. At the time the Number One single in the UK was Jim Diamond’s ” I Should Have Known Better “. Jim was quoted as saying at the time ” I’m delighted to be at number one, but next week I don’t want people to buy my record; I want them to buy Band Aid instead “.
The song was a commercial success for Band-aid. In the United States, the song peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1985.
In the United Kingdom ” Do They Know It’s Christmas? ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 15th of December 1984 at Number One and held the top spot for five weeks. The song spent eleven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twenty-four weeks on the UK chart.
The single reached the top of many countries charts except for France where it peaked at number thirty-four and Japan where it reached number twenty.
” Do They Know It’s Christmas? ” was to become the biggest selling single of all time in the UK, Elton John took their crown in 1997 with the tribute single in memory of Princess Diana after her death.

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 13

UK Highest Chart Position: 1

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canada (RPM 100 Singles) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Europe (Europarade) 1, France (SNEP) 34, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Japan (Oricon) 20, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1

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