Behind The Scenes With Hollywood's Grooviest Stars

Rare Collection | December 22, 2020

Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen during the recording of "We Are The World" in 1985. 

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"We Are The World" is one of the most significant songs of the 1980s, not just because it helped send aid to Africa, but it brought together some of the biggest names in music all in support of doing something good with their star power.

Featuring Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen (among dozens of other huge names), the recording of the song got off to a rocky start, but thankfully Diana Ross knew how to get everyone in the mood to sing together. A producer of the track remembers:

When I passed out the music, we put a dummy track on. We were listening to it, getting the feel of it, and while they were rewinding the tape, Diana went over to Darryl Hall and said, ‘Can you sign my music? I’m your biggest fan.’ And as soon as she said that, we all looked at each other and said, ‘Oh my God. Look at who is here.’ We all went around to each other for the next hour-and-a half, signing each other’s music. By the time that was over, we were a family. There was a feeling of love. It was beautiful.

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.