The S*n newspaper, having sold cheap tickets for the ferry on the day that it went down, arranged for Stock Aitken and Waterman to produce the track. It also made a request for artists to collaborate. Initially, the response was slow, but eventually, the likes of Kate Bush, Boy George, Mark Knopfler and Paul McCartney agreed to take part.
The track was recorded over three days between 14-16 March and was released on Monday 23 March. It entered the UK singles chart in the number one position on 4 April. It spent a total of three weeks at number one before being ousted by Madonna's La Isla Bonita. I bought my copy on 26 March 1987.