Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on December 1st of 1982 after nearly eight months in production, Michael Jackson’s milestone album “Thriller” is released. Seven of the album’s nine songs were issued as singles and all reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The LP won a record-breaking eight awards at the 1984 Grammys and would become the largest selling album of all time, worldwide. From that best selling LP comes “Billie Jean”. This song is about a girl who claimed that Jackson was the father of her child. Jackson based it on a woman who used to stalk him, writing him letters about a son she thought was his. Jackson rarely spoke about this woman, but he had a very hard time dealing with this unwanted attention, and he became more reclusive as a result. The song was his way of expressing his feelings without addressing her directly. While Jackson didn’t give many details about the real Billie Jean, his producer Quincy Jones said that Jackson found the woman one day lounging by his pool with a bathing suit and sunglasses on. According to Jones, she accused Jackson of being the father of one of her twins, which Jones thought was pretty funny. Jackson said that Quincy Jones wanted to change the title to “Not My Lover” because he thought it would be confused with the tennis star Billie Jean King. Jackson ended up winning that battle. According to Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 songs, Jackson came up with the song’s rhythm track on his home drum machine and nailed the vocals in one take.This won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm & Blues Song for the writer Michael Jackson. Reflecting the huge success of the “Thriller” LP the single was also a  big success reaching #1 in both the US and UK. 

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