There was a video of the song, taped during the recording session, that played on MTV over and over (back when MTV played strictly videos and was hosted by V-jays), now you can see it here on YouTube. Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Duran Duran, Bono, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen,Paul Simon,Kenny Rogers,Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Willie Nelson...and on and on and on...
The trend to help Africa continued in the summer of 1985 with Live Aid...a completely different scene, a global effort to have live performances coincide all over the world to help end hunger in Ethiopia. That was the first time I cried watching Bono and U2 onstage (wouldn't be the last)...to this day my favorite band of all time.
There was just something about growing up with all of that music on a mission. Not only were we in love with our rock stars, but they made us care about more than big hair and leg warmers. They opened up our eyes to the rest of the world.
I didn't expect to be emotional. I knew the song was coming, had heard bits of it during rehearsal. This was the first time, though, I had ever heard Sam sing it, seen him sing it, especially while wearing his USA for Africa tee shirt. I get misty just thinking about it.
(Cheap Plug: Sam is a member of Saline Varsity Blues. Go to www.salinevarsityblues.com for more info.