July 3rd, 2009
08:31 PM ET

Video: Lionel Richie: Singing with Michael Jackson

Andy Segal
CNN Senior Producer

In 1985, with famine ravaging parts of Africa, MJ and Lionel Richie teamed up to write a charity song for relief efforts. It was done on a tight deadline, with the biggest names in pop music adding their voices to what would inevitably be a hit single. But even before dealing with logistics, egos, and the technical challenges of making a record, Jackson and Richie first needed a song. And neither one could write or read music! So how did they do it? Lionel Richie explains.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Michael Jackson • Pop Culture
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  1. Nduta

    Two absolute musical geniuses on their own. Together – a powerhouse.

    July 4, 2009 at 1:02 am |
  2. Isabel, Brazil

    These artists are pioneers in projects with social objectives.

    Beautiful memories! Lionel Lionel Richie was the soundtrack of my courtship with my husband! Fantastic! Amazing!

    July 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm |


    July 3, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Lionel Richie is so great all by himself – combined with Jackson on "we are the world" was unbelievably good. He and Michael may have talked to the universe in writing this song but now the rest of us hear it in our minds too – its a song that never goes away.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:44 pm |