Rod Stewart (from Uncut magazine): "It's really an escapist song. I always wanted to travel. I remember when I was doing these horrible jobs in London before I got into music, and I'd see people go off on holiday and leaving in aeroplanes. I thought, 'Why can't I go?'"
George Harrison's 1971 song "Bangla Desh" was the first major charity single. It was part of a concert held to bring relief to the people of Bangladesh, who were fighting for independence and suffering from a famine.