34 Years Later: Everyone Who Performed on ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

When "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was recorded 34 years ago today, it was an unprecedented gathering of elite pop stars, all determined to help leader of the pack Bob Geldof make a difference — and feed the world.

Peter Blake (b. 1932) created the iconic sleeve. (Image via Phonogram)

Since then, the song has come under scrutiny for some cringe-worthy lyrics (thanking God someone else is suffering instead of you?!), but its heart is in the right place, and the vocals are still moving to this day.

If you want to play a game with your Anglophile and/or '80s-obsessed friends, try naming one person who performed on the song back and forth until someone draws a blank. It's much harder than "We Are the World" (1985) if you're not European!

Here is your complete cheat sheet — everybody who performed on the song:

Robert "Kool" Bell (b. 1950) of Kool & the Gang

Bono (b. 1960) of U2

Pete Briquette (b. circa 1950s) of the Boomtown Rats

Adam Clayton (b. 1960) of U2

Phil Collins (b. 1951)

Chris Cross (b. 1952) of Ultravox

Simon Crowe (b. 1955) of the Boomtown Rats

Sara Dallin (b. 1961) of Bananarama

Siobhan Fahey (b. 1958) of Bananarama

Johnnie Fingers (b. 1956) of the Boomtown Rats

Bob Geldof (b. 1951)

Boy George (b. 1961) of Culture Club

Glenn Gregory (b. 1958) of Heaven 17

Tony Hadley (b. 1960) of Spandau Ballet

John Keeble (b. 1959) of Spandau Ballet

Gary Kemp (b. 1959) of Spandau Ballet

Simon Le Bon (b. 1958) of Duran Duran

Marilyn (b. 1962)

George Michael (1963-2016)

Jon Moss (b. 1967) of Culture Club

Steve Norman (b. 1960) of Spandau Ballet

Rick Parfitt (1948-2016) of Status Quo

Nick Rhodes (b. 1962) of Duran Duran

Francis Rossi (b. 1949) of Status Quo

Sting (b. 1951)

Andy Taylor (b. 1961) of Duran Duran

James "J.T." Taylor (b. 1953) of Kool & the Gang

John Taylor (b. 1960) of Duran Duran

Roger Taylor (b. 1960) of Duran Duran

Dennis Thomas (b. circa 1950) of Kool & the Gang

Midge Ure (b. 1953) of Ultravox

Martyn Ware (b. 1956) of Heaven 17

Jody Watley (b. 1959)

Paul Weller (b. 1958) of the Style Council

Keren Woodward (b. 1961) of Bananarama

Not singing on the song, but appearing on the B-side of the phenomenally popular single in spoken-word form:

Stuart Adamson (1958-2001) of Big Country

David Bowie (1947-2016)

Mark Brzezicki (b. 1957) of Big Country

Tony Butler (b. 1957) of Big Country

Holly Johnson (b. 1960) of Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Paul McCartney (b. 1942)

Bruce Watson (b. 1961) of Big Country

Paul Young (b. 1956)


3 Responses

  1. You forgot Paul Young who started off the vocals on the song….

  2. You forgot Paul Young who started off the vocals on the song.

  3. Excellent! But you left out the great Paul Young (b. 1947) of “Every time You Go Away” & “Come Back and Stay” fame.

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