Mostly Credited As: Band Aid
Date Of Birth: 1984
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Date Of Death: 2004
Band Aid was a charity group started by Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldof in late 1984. After watching a horrific BBC news report about the great famine in Ethiopia, a stunned Geldof thought up an idea for a way to help the cause. Collaborating with Ultravox lead singer Midge Ure, Geldof wrote a charity song entitled "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and called upon several European luminaries, including Sting, Bono of U2 and Boy George, to record it as Band Aid in November 1984. The record was the #1 record of Christmas 1984, and started a trend that would continue all over the world well into the next year. On July 13, 1985, Geldof organized the historic Live Aid concerts at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA to further aid famine relief, and raised well over millions of dollars. Band Aid performed "Do They Know It's Christmas?" as the finale at Wembley in London.<br><br>Four years later, British production company Stock Aitkman Waterman thought up the idea of a new Band Aid. With such artists as Kylie Minogue and Cliff Richard, Band Aid II re-recorded and released "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 1989. 15 years later, in November 2004, Geldof and Ure assembled yet another new version of Band Aid (including modern contemporaries such as Joss Stone, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Dido) called Band Aid 20 (after the 20 years it had been since the original Band Aid). Three artists from the original, Bono, Paul McCartney and George Michael, lent their voices to the remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which was released in November 2004. There was also a rumor that Band Aid 20 would perform at the Live 8 concert the following year (in July 2005), similar to the way the original Band Aid provided the finale at the Live Aid concert 20 years prior, but it never came to fruition.