Prince’s Reason for Turning Down ‘We Are The World’ Revealed in New Netflix Documentary
The Prince feud that kept him OFF the iconic We Are The World event in the 80s is about to be revealed. Not just here, but around the world, on “The Greatest Night in Pop” a new Netflix documentary that features this story of Prince and others. Written by Lionel Ritchie and Michael Jackson, We Are The World became a hit single that raised millions to fight famine in Africa. It celebrates its 30th anniversary this month.
“The Greatest Night In Pop” on Netflix
It truly may have been the greatest night in pop music history. On a January night in 1985, the world’s biggest artists came together in one Hollywood studio at legendary A & M Records. The Greatest Night In Pop on Netflix, is a fascinating ride into We Are The World.
According to Vulture.com, the documentary is jammed with stories of fascinating in-the-moment events that happened right up to recording time. For example. right before the record light went on that night, Lionel Ritchie was hosting the American Music Awards! He actually won FIVE. Right after the AMA he rushed over the A & M to record We Are The World.
What Inspired “We Are the World?”
According to usatoday.com Kenny Rogers asked for everyone’s autograph. Bob Dylan was worried about singing his solo. Richie and Jackson listened to national anthems to get in the proper frame of mind to write. We Are The World was inspired by Do They Know It’s Christmas, the song that raised millions for famine victims in Ethiopia. Producer Quincy Jones said the “check your egos at the door sign” was not needed. Well, except for one artist.
Prince’s Feud With Michael Jackson
The ONE icon that was invited, but missing, was Prince.
According Variety.com, Prince drummer and girlfriend Sheila E. felt she was there for only one reason: to get Prince to come:
The enigmatic, control-freak Prince, who was at a nearby L.A. nightclub, said that he wanted to play a guitar solo for the song to be recorded in a separate studio area, an idea totally out of sync with the communal spirit of the session. Quincy Jones nixed that.
According to The UK Telegraph, Prince was NEVER going to come for one reason. He hated Michael Jackson. Their feud was not made public, but they had a bitter rivalry going on back in the 1980’s. Prince always wanted to be as big as Jackson. Jackson, was reportedly insanely jealous of Prince being a bigger MOVIE star than Michael. Michael never achieved the level of movie fame that Prince got from Purple Rain. Prince winning an OSCAR, left Jackson seething.
The Greatest Night In Pop on Netflix, will remind us (not that we need it) why we STILL love the 80s so much, including the story of Prince. Hey Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson and 44 of the biggest music stars can’t be wrong.