April 27th (1985): We are the World, USA for Africa. An all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer's of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie group for a fundraising event. www.thisdayinmusic.com
It is impossible to overestimate what this meant to a mixed race kid lacking confidence and self esteem when it came out. Suddenly we could be good looking and attractive. And the music is funky as anything. Whatever else happened to him later, Michael Jackson was a crucial factor in black pride.