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This may have been the most impressive group to ever assemble in a recording studio. It happened in January 1985. After the American Music Awards a group of musicians gathered at the A&M Studios in Hollywood, California to record a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, “We Are the World.” The single was a worldwide success that raised over $63 million for famine relief in Africa (wikipedia.) The nature of the cause, Michael Jackson’s enormous 80’s star power, and Quincy Jones’ power of persuasion, were no doubt the reasons that so many musicians took part. It was amazing to watch the interaction of people like Diana Ross and Bob Dylan, or Stevie Wonder helping Bob Dylan work out his solo, so seeing Ray Charles improvising on the theme during a break. In the 80’s it was easy to like Michael Jackson, he was on top of the world, and regardless of what happened later, his charity saved coutless lives, his dancing set a new standard, and along with Quincy Jones he created some very memorable music. So for a few minutes, forget Neverland, Thriller and Bad and enjoy this special event. Continue reading
During a tour of Germany in the ’70’s someone put a mircophone on Ray Charles and captured some fantastic vocals, but unfortunately the band was not properly recorded and they are merely a muffled sound in the background of Ray’s vocal. Thanks to modern technology the vocals were extracted and new arrangements done in the style of Count Basie (Ray’s favorite big band) – were recorded (including Joey DeFrancesco a great B3 player .) You can read about it here.
Here’s a video about the project: Continue reading