February 23, 2021
It was arguably the greatest gathering of musical talent in one place at one time -- and still is. And it was INSANE. "We Are The World" brought the biggest American music stars of the 1980s* -- and Dan Akroyd! -- to one room to record a song shining a light on the plight of starving people in Africa. The song and the video was beamed incessently to the living rooms and kitchens of America. In the end, the song was inescapable at the time (if somewhat forgettable now); it raised some $68 million to help those impacted by drought and food shortages. But it also gave us a treasure trove of quirky, ridiculous stories that can only happen when you pack creative geniuses into one room -- and ask them to follow orders.
*But not Prince or Madonna.