The story of 'We Are the World' (which is about to get the Netflix documentary treatment) goes a little something like this. It was the evening of January 28, 1985. The location was Los Angeles, California, and in the weeks leading up to this date—Harry Belafonte had been brainstorming with Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie on how they could make a charitable record that would in turn help with providing food and relief to Africa to USA for Africa, specifically Ethiopia, which had been hit with the devastating effects of the 1983 - 1985 famine. That record, of course, wound up becoming 'We Are the World,' with Jackson (who had just finished wrapping up his earth-shattering Thriller era) and Richie taking on the task of writing duties (a process that lasted roughly a week at the Hayvenhurst Jackson Family Compound in Encino, California.
One day after the writing was completed, the initial recording of the song (produced by Quincy Jones) began with a few tweaks to the lyrics, but it was the final night of recording, Jan 28, where all the legends came together for an evening that will never again be seen or duplicated. While over the years we've seen some behind the scenes clips of the footage, we've never seen the night of January 28, 1985 documented quite like this.
Making its way to Netflix at the end of the month, The Greatest Night in Pop gives you an in-depth and never before seen exclusive look at the legendary recording of "We Are the World," and the super talented icons involved in it that knew they were a part of music history, but didn't quite know just how monumental the event would be. Ahead of the premiere, here's everything you need to know about the documentary as far as the release date, trailer, and more.
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