Music That Inspired A Movement
BY Tracy E. Gilchrist
February 07 2013 7:47 AM ET
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder “That’s what Friends are For”
Dionne Warwick and Friends (John, Knight and Wonder) teamed up to release “That’s what Friends are For” as a charity single in 1985 for the American Foundation for AIDS research. The Warwick and Friends release, originally written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager three years earlier for a Rod Stewart album, raised over $3 million for the foundation and landed at #1 for four weeks on The Billboard Hot 100. The song spawned a 1990 benefit concert That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert. That benefit, which featured Hall and Oates, Patti Smith, Carly Simon and Whitney Houston, raised over $2.5 million for various AIDS organizations.