Blame It On The Boogie

Album: Destiny (1978)
Charted: 8 54
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  • This was written by Yorkshireman Mick Jackson. He wrote it for Stevie Wonder originally and he was asked by Global records, Munich to record the track himself. At the 1978 Midem Music Festival in Cannes, France it was played for the first time and a member of The Jacksons entourage was there searching for tracks. He was amazed by the name coincident and was impressed by the track itself. He secretly taped it and went back to the States so the band could record it as quickly as possible before Mick's version was released.

    There was a race to release the tracks - it was called "The Battle of the Boogie" in the newspapers and it was perfect press material: two Michael Jacksons, two versions of "Blame It On The Boogie." The songs were out within days of each other and it was one of the rare occasions in the modern day that artists charted the same time with the same song. Some fans preferred Mick Jackson's more soulful version and others the more uptempo Jackson's version. Mick Jackson's version reached #15 in the UK and #61 in the US.
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Comments: 3

  • Emily from Dudley, United Kingdomgrate song, im doing it for a uni gig
  • Donna from College Station, TxNo 7 Soul Singles chart Oct 1978; source Billboard hits of 10 years ago this week list Oct 8, 1988
  • Marina from Seattle, WaThere is a mashup of this song and "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by Loo & Placido called "Should I stay or should I boogie?" which is AMAZING. Personally I think it's much better than the original.
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