Paul Young, Boy George, Phil Collins, George Michael, Simon Le Bon, Sting, Tony Hadley, Bono, Paul Weller... and those are just the first you see and hear in the charity classic "Do They Know It's Christmas?" from 1984, credited to Band Aid. The song was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, and was a vehicle to raise awareness of and money for the famine that had hit Ethiopia so severely. It sold a staggering one million copies in the UK in the first week alone, and became the biggest sellling single in the UK singles chart history, staying at number 1 for five weeks. It's also one of the songs I need to hear repeatedly every December, because it's so incredibly good! Here you are then, window number 22 in Erik's musical Advent calendar!
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