“Well, I didn’t turn it down. I was doing something else,” Murphy said. “I was in Stevie Wonder’s studio and I was working on some music. He was like, ‘Hey, come over. We’re doing this thing.’ And I was like, ‘Hey man, I’m recording the song, ‘Party All the Time.’”


“Then I realized afterwards what it was and I felt like an idiot,” he continued.

“We Are the World” went on to sell more than 20 million copies and raised $63 million (equivalent to $144 million in today’s dollars) for long and short-term relief efforts in Africa.

The Rick James-produced “Party All the Time,” meanwhile, hit #2 on the Billboard charts the year it came out and chronicles Murphy, millionaire and megastar, un-ironically lamenting the intense socializing habits of his beloved.

I buy you champagne and roses put diamonds on your finger

(Diamonds on your finger)

Still, you hang out all night

What am I to do?

I tell you what Mr. Murphy, one song may have given to charity, but the other song (and accompanying video) remains a strange and actual blessing.