Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney - The Man
It was planned as a follow-up to Michael and Paul’s second collaboration,Say Say Say,until Michael’s record company blocked its planned February 1984 release,fearing it would compete with releases from Thriller - the 12” single was scheduled to feature an extended remix.
It was officially released as a single in Peru,and made available as a promo-only single in several other countries.
It is also known by the title,This Is The Man.
Sir Paul and Michael Jackson first got together,at Abbey Road Studios to record the songs: ‘Say Say Say’ and ‘The Man’,for McCartney’s ‘Pipes Of Peace’ solo album.
Later they teamed up again for the track ‘The Girl Is Mine’ on Michael’s Thriller album.
Paris: We all loved him to death. He had that good energy where you just didn’t want to leave.
Prince: He would [always] ask us how we were going to help the world. And you can see most of his ideals are inside of me, my brother and my sister.
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The side of Michael Jackson they don’t show you: his ACTUAL RACE.
On 6th February 1984, after winning an unprecedented number of AMA awards Michael spoke to black publication JET magazine about people in his life he was thankful for; Stevie Wonder, who expresses pride of race in his music.
“That’s why I love Stevie Wonder’s album called Songs in The Key of Life… He had a song called Black Man and I just jumped up screaming when I heard that record because he’s showing the world what the Black man has done and what other races have done… He named it Black Man and all these people who have got the album sing it. And that’s the best way to bring about the truth.”
Influences from Fred Astaire’s The Band Wagon (1953) seen in Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, Dangerous and You Rock My World.