The trust raised $8 million for Africa famine aid through the launch of the record Do They Know It’s Christmas?.
Famous rock musician, writer and philanthropist Bob Geldof was born Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof on October 5, 1951, in Dublin, Ireland.
The group had a couple of No. 1 hits, including the single “I Do Not Like Mondays.” Their 1980 album, Mondo Bongo, was a hit and became part of the baby MTV network’s video spinning. In 1982, Geldof starred as “Pink” in the movie Pink Floyd — The Wall.
Transferred by television images of prevalent anguish in famine-hit Ethiopia, Geldof created the pop charity Band Aid trust in 1984, which raised $8 million for Africa famine aid through the launch of the record Do They Know It’s Christmas?. In 1985, coincident Live Aid charity concerts were held in London and Philadelphia and were broadcast by satellite through the planet, raising an additional $48 million.
In 2004 Geldof was made an associate of the recently established Commission for Africa initiative, its endeavor to create new ideas for reducing poverty in the continent. In November of this year, a new “Band Aid” formed to record another edition of the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to raise funds for famine-hit Darfur in western Sudan. The song topped the charts for many weeks, including over Christmas.
In July 2005, Geldof formed “Live 8” charity pop concerts which were timed to coincide with all the G8 summit on world poverty, held in Perthshire, Scotland. In support of the Make Poverty History campaign, performances were air in 10 cities all over the world, including London and Philadelphia. The exact same year, Geldof presented Geldof in Africa for BBC 1 and composed a novel to accompany the show. At the 2005 Brit Awards, Geldof was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, he received an honorary knighthood in 1986, and was given the freedom of the City of Dublin in 2005.
After Hutchence’s suicide in 1997 and Yates’s departure from a drug overdose in 2000, Geldof became Tiger Lily’s legal guardian. Peaches Geldof, 25, was discovered dead at her house in England on April 7, 2014. The BBC reported that toxicology reports revealed diamorphine was in her system and the drug probably played a part in her departure. In July, a coroner supported her departure was a result of a heroin overdose.