The original “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was recorded on this day in 1984, below watch a behind the scenes video of the recording of the single


It was 9am London time on November the 25th, 1984 at Sarm West Studios that they began to arrive, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture, George Michael, Kool and the Gang, Sting, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2, Glenn Gregory of Heaven and his bandmate Martyn Ware, Phil Collins of Genesis, Paul Weller of the Style Council, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo, Jody Watley of Shalamar, Bananarama, Marilyn… the now classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was recorded.

A few things about the recording session:

– Singer Marilyn showed up but was not invited
– When Boy George didn’t show up with his bandmates Midge Ure had to call to get him out of bed and demand he hop on the Concorde and get to London to sing his part.
– The opening of the song uses a sample of The Hurting by Tears for Fears
– Despite being singers themselves; neither Geldof nor Ure had a solo line on the song

Below watch a behind the scenes video of the recording of the single.

The original Band Aid ensemble consisted of:

Adam Clayton (U2)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
Chris Cross (Ultravox)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Paul Young
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats)
Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Jody Watley (Shalamar)
Bono (U2)
Paul Weller (The Style Council)
James “J.T.” Taylor (Kool & the Gang)
George Michael (Wham!)
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
Sara Dallin (Bananarama)
Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (Kool & the Gang)
Dennis J. T. Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Jon Moss (Culture Club)
Sting (The Police)
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
Boy George (Culture Club)
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
Tony Butler (Big Country)
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)
Paul McCartney (B-Side message)
David Bowie (B-Side message)

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