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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:56 am

How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees





Frank Cascio’s book “My Friend Michael”


Michael played DJ back at the chalet, saying, “You have to listen to this song. Now you have to hear this group.” We listened to Stevie Wonder and all of the Motown stars. He had us listen to the James Brown song “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” – all fourteen minutes of it. We listened to How Deep Is Your Love? (I still believe that it’s one of the greatest songs of all time).


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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:06 pm

How Do You Mend A Broken Heart - Bee Gees




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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:08 pm

Gift of Song - Pride of Lions





Jim Peterik, co-writer of the song “Eye of The Tiger”
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/n2lj5/iama_grammy_award_winning_songwriter_jim_peterik/c35ssr3


Also, what do you think of Weird Al’s “Rye & The Kaiser”?

Haha. I am big fan of his parody of Eye of the Tiger. Especially like the line “Stay away from the tuna, it smells fishy today.” Almost did not grant a license to Al for this song but I am glad that Michael Jackson changed my mind.

I knew Michael through Bruce Swedien – who was Michael’s long-time engineer. When Michael heard my song – “Gift of Song” – he said to Bruce “He is writing about me.”

When Michael gave Weird Al permission to “Beat It” as the template for “Eat It” – he convinced me that this was a cool thing to do. Never regretted it for a minute.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:12 pm

Ignition - R. Kelly





Michael seen dancing to this song in the back of Brett Ratner’s car in 2002 in his “Private Home Movies”:


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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:13 pm

Inside and Out - Bee Gees





Barry Gibb, 1st September 2009


“[Our] songs like Love You Inside and Out in particular struck him as him and saying that’s what he wanted to do.”


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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:15 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:16 pm

Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul and Mary





Michael ‘s list of favorite records, from around 1979




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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:17 pm

Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye





Michael ‘s list of favorite records, from around 1979




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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:19 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:20 pm

Love Me Do - The Beatles





MJ, 1988 list of his favorite things:


“I spend hours listening to classical composers. Tchaikovsky is the greatest. I also love songs from the great musicals like “Climb Every Mountain” and “Happy Talk”, as well as modern pop groups like U2, ZZ Top and Van Halen. Here is my all time top ten.”

Love Me Do – The Beatles
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:21 pm

Nightclubbing - Grace Jones





Russrags on Gearslutz:


Once I was out at Michael’s Studio on Havenhurt in Encino, and I was going through a stack of vinyl records sitting by the console. One of the records I came across was Grace Jones “Nightclubbing” I picked it up to look at it front and back and Michael got kind of excited about it too. He took the record from me and asked if I’d like to hear a song that was very influential to him, and I thought are you kidding, YES please. He put on a song called “Feel Up” from that record and I about fell over !!! All the little inflections Michael creates with his voice on his records, are present on this Grace Jones track from 1981. Please check this song out, anyone reading this thread will be glad they did.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:23 pm

Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky





MJ, 1988 list of his favorite things:


“I spend hours listening to classical composers. Tchaikovsky is the greatest. I also love songs from the great musicals like “Climb Every Mountain” and “Happy Talk”, as well as modern pop groups like U2, ZZ Top and Van Halen. Here is my all time top ten.”

Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:23 pm

On Broadway - The Drifters


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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:36 pm

Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes





Sampled by Michael in D.S in HIStory.


Robmix on Gearsltuz:

It was amazing how he’d come in with some song he liked and want to capture something about it – the energy, the tone, the mood.

He was really into “Owner of a Lonely Heart” too. So when Yes came to town, I made sure everyone knew it, and we got Trevor Rabin to come down and play some stuff on “They Don’t Care About Us”.

That is the orchestra hit from “Owner of a lonely heart” [on D.S]. . . . .


Nephew Taj Jackson on twitter, 3rd of January 2011:


tajjackson3Taj Jackson Every time I hear “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, I think of my uncle. It was one of his favorite songs. I can still picture him doing air guitar.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:37 pm

Papa Don't Take No Mess - James Brown





Frank Cascio’s book “My Friend Michael”


Michael played DJ back at the chalet, saying, “You have to listen to this song. Now you have to hear this group.” We listened to Stevie Wonder and all of the Motown stars. He had us listen to the James Brown song “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” – all fourteen minutes of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:39 pm

People - Barbara Streisand





Michael ‘s list of favorite records, from around 1979:





Frank Cascio “My Friend Michael”


He introduced me to all types of music – country, folk, classical, funk, rock. He even turned me on to Barbra Streisand. I fell in love with her song “People.”


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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:40 pm

Peter and the Wolf - Prokofiev





MJ, 1988 list of his favorite things:


“I spend hours listening to classical composers. Tchaikovsky is the greatest. I also love songs from the great musicals like “Climb Every Mountain” and “Happy Talk”, as well as modern pop groups like U2, ZZ Top and Van Halen. Here is my all time top ten.”

Peter and the Wolf – Prokofiev
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:41 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:46 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:48 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:50 pm

Some Girls - Rolling Stones





MJ, 1980


”I have all kinds of tapes and music people would probably never think were mine . I love Some Girls [by the Rolling Stones].”
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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:51 pm

Standing in the Shadow of Love - Four Tops





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PostSubject: Re: Michael's Favorite Songs   Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:52 pm

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