Midge Ure and "Do They Know It's Christmas?"


BY KRISTI YORK WOOTEN FOR THE ECONOMIST

THREE decades before One Direction, Ellie Goulding and others added their voices and carefully mussed-up hair to “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (pictured together above) huddled in a London apartment to figure out what a couple of rock stars could do to help starving Ethiopians. Their directive was far-fetched. First, pen a song about the difficulties of life during an African drought. Then, gather famous British and Irish bands (plus four Americans, as it turned out) to sing on the charity record. Lastly, make sure it was a number-one hit....

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