March 28, 1985
Ken Kragen, the celebrity manager who organized the U.S.A. for Africa famine song recording, will receive the National Academy of Video Arts and Sciences' Humanitarian Award, the academy announced. Jennifer Libbee, the academy's executive director, said Kragen will receive the award during the group's 3rd annual American Video Awards ceremonies Wednesday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
February 13, 1985 |
No one wants to take credit for the remarkable "We Are the World" benefit project. While three of the primary organizers--pop music manager Ken Kragen, Harry Belafonte and producer Quincy Jones--were willing to discuss the project, they also wanted to avoid the media spotlight. "We're not looking for glory or publicity for ourselves," Kragen explained. "If you could talk about the project and forget us, that would be nice." That unselfish spirit pervades this project.
April 14, 1985
Bob Geldof is a compassionate man. It was his compassion for Ethiopian famine victims that prompted him to organize the English Band Aid record, and also pushed U.S. artists to act in behalf of Africa's starving. It is time people stop pitting USA for Africa against its British predecessor (Calendar Letters, April 7). That's what Geldof did when he joined hands with Ken Kragen and Harry Belafonte at the "We Are the World" recording session. England, America, what does it matter?
November 3, 1985
Compassion. Let's see if I've got this right (" 'Hands' to Reach Out to American Hungry," by Dennis McDougal, Oct. 23). If I send $10 to Ken Kragen, president of HandsAcrossAmerica, he'll let me stand somewhere in the Mojave Desert at high noon and advertise Coca-Cola while holding hands with two people I've never met and singing "America the Beautiful"? If I send $35 he'll throw in a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo "HAA." It's an attractive offer, and I'm tempted to go for it; but I've got a better plan.
October 7, 1992 |
Peace, at Last: "The Tonight Show" has put out the welcome mat for Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood, the country musicians whose earlier ban was made public by their manager, causing a ruckus that led to the dismissal of the show's executive producer. Yearwood has been penciled in for Dec. 2 and Tritt for early next year to coincide with the airing of a CBS movie in which he co-stars.
February 9, 1985 |
Prince, Linda Ronstadt and Pat Benatar have agreed to contribute songs to the forthcoming "USA for Africa" album, dedicated to alleviating starvation in Ethiopia and other African nations, organizers said. None of the three pop stars participated in a recording session with Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper and 42 other musicians that was held after the American Music Awards show last week. The session produced a single, "We Are the World," written by Jackson and Lionel Richie.