Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Today’s song Do They Know It’s Christmas, the charity single which entered the UK charts at #1 some 31 years ago yesterday. Inspired by the series of reports by Michael Buerk on the famine in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote Do They Know It’s Christmas in November 1984 and then brought together the great and the good from the world of popular music at the time to record the single on 25 November, releasing it on 3rd December. The song stayed at #1 in the charts for five weeks and with various rereleases and rerecordings, it has raised many millions for charity.

If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about the 365 Songs project. For more Christmaciousness, see all of my December songs here.