To this point, Michael Jackson had recorded four #1 hits with The Jackson 5, and one as a solo artist ("Ben
," a 1972 song about a pet rat). But this was the first chart-topper he wrote himself. Quincy Jones, who produced the album, encouraged Jackson to write his own songs, and the young singer quickly developed a talent for composition. Jackson wrote or co-wrote nine more #1 hits in his career, including "We Are The World
Jackson and Jones first worked together on music for the 1978 film The Wiz
(Jackson played the Scarecrow); Off The Wall
was the first album Jones produced for him.