A Brief History of Charity Records

A Brief History of Charity Records
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"Do They Know It's Christmas?," 1984
The first charity megahit was by the British supergroup Band Aid, whose 1984 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" raised some $18 million for famine relief in Africa. The group brought together the talents of an impressively broad slate of artists, including Sting, Bono, George Michael, Phil Collins and Duran Duran.

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