It was 35 years ago today (October 16th, 1985) that “Little” Steven Van Zandt enlisted like-minded performers into a studio to cut the track “Sun City.” The song, which featured contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Lou Reed, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and many others in an attack on apartheid, has been credited with helping bring down the all-white minority government of South Africa.

Among the notables appearing on the track and in the video were Joey Ramone, Run-DMC, the Temptations’ David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks, Pat Benatar, Ruben Blades, Ringo Starr, Zak Starkey, Darlene Love, Bobby Womack, Kurtis Blow, Bonnie Raitt, Hall & Oates, Jimmy Cliff, Nona Hendryx, Peter Wolf, George Clinton, and many more.

CHECK IT OUT: The 1986 video for “Sun City”:

CHECK IT OUT: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band on January 29th, 2014 performing “Sun City” in Cape Town, South Africa: