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“BILLIE JEAN”, Beat It”, THRILLER”, “Black and White”, “I WANT YOU BACK”, “Man In The Mirror”, and 20 more! Rare Clips, Home Movies, demos, rehearsals, and private videos from Michael Jackson, “The King Of Pop!”


Like most of the world I was thrilled with the Jackson Five and Motown’s ““SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA” when they hit the music scene in the late ‘60s with “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, and “The Love You Save”.  When Berry Gordy, Jr. brought the group to Hollywood under the supervision of Suzanne DePasse and Skip Miller I had the rare opportunity to get close to one of the biggest acts in the world, as well as one of the biggest Superstars ever to emerge, Michael Jackson!!



I WANT YOU BACK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfJu_Bom2sA&feature=related


Skip Miller recalls, “I met The Jackson Five in Miami, Fl. in 1970 just before New Years.  I was brand new to show business and thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Their show was amazing and Michael was unbelievable.


As a young man, he would be playing with toys one minute and asking if they sold the show out the next.  He was quite aware of everything that was going on.  He had a sixth sense for the business.  He was curious about record sales and asked a lot of questions everything.  I was too green at the time to give good answers so I would go get the answers and then tell him.  In 1975 when the Jacksons were leaving Motown, I escorted Jermaine to Nantucket, New York for their last show as Motown artists.


The brothers and us had many a pillow fight after Michael tricked you into his room.  He would go from that to the eight hundred pound guerilla he was on stage.  Quite the transformation!  He was a truly gifted performed, a great dad, and my friend.  I will miss him.”

I’LL BE THERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYVT3Gg_rek&feature=related

I’LL BE THERE (ACAPELLA) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehal1eUG1jk&feature=related

NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9p12c_the-jackson5-never-can-say-goodbye_music?hmz=707265766e657874

Hal Davis (“I’ll Be There”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Dancin’ Machine”) was the first Motown producer that I brought a song to for Michael Jackson to record. I was excited when he cut a track on “I Want To Be Happy”, which I updated from “No, No Nannette” in the Warner Brothers catalog. When I dropped by Motown’s recording studios unexpectedly, I saw Hal Davis putting an unknown Lionel Ritchie on the track!

When he saw me freaking out, he grabbed me and threw me across the control board and threatened me if I dare give the song to anyone else! Of course that prompted me to give it to everyone I knew. Although Hal was pissed off at me, I was back in his good graces when I gave him Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes”, which went Top Ten in the UK with The J5.

ROCKIN’ ROBIN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4VCUbL7jsc&feature=related

BEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSqo17o2a1w&feature=related

mike eng coat“It’s summer of 1973 and Ed Silvers, President of Warner Brothers Music, is losing his patience with me. Although I secure songs in our catalog by some of their biggest artists, they’re only album cuts. Ed is convinced that I’ll never get a single released by Motown.

I know at this point that the only way I could have a chance for a hit and escape the wrath of Ed, is to get a cover by the Jackson 5 or little Michael. There was only one staff writer at Warner Brothers music who could write in a classic R+B style, George S. Clinton, Jr.


I go to the two producers who love George’s writing the most, Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, who just had big hits with 12 year old Michael on “Rockin’ Robin” and “Little Bitty Pretty One” (which was my suggestion). They tell me that “Ben”, from the movie of the same name, is racing up the charts and Berry Gordy wants each of his producers to start recording new sides with him.

It’s the middle of summer, about 90 degrees, but we have to get in a Christmas Mood. As I tell George about my break up with my girlfriend last Christmas, I start to throw Ivory Snowflakes around the room. Soon, we have the first verse and chorus of “Little Christmas Tree”

I’m almost in tears when I hear the finished record the following week with the news that it’s being considered for the follow-up to “Ben”, which had just hit number one! You can imagine how I feel a few weeks later when Berry Gordy, Jr. decides not put out any follow up to the Oscar nominated “Ben”, until the Academy Awards are given out…which is after Christmas! A few days later I come up with a plan and present it to Motown. I suggest that the company puts a double albums worth of previously recorded Christmas songs by each of their hit artists, along with “Little Christmas Tree”.and included cuts by Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross. They love the idea and release the two disk set in time for the holidays.”


I stayed in touch with “Papa” Joe Jackson after the Tokyo music festival and when The Jackson Five abruptly left Motown and was short on cash, I helped get him a $25,000 advance for his world wide subpublishing rights…even though Michael and his brothers weren’t writing very much at the time…then a few years later Michael releases his first solo album…”Off The Wall”

ROCK WITH YOU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hK3Y1Ehv9c&feature=channel


OFF THE WALL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3aWW9hcVk&feature=related

DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GET ENOUGH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_hz2am90Hk&feature=related


SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF0o-W5uu8o


Publicist, Bobbi Cowan remembers, “I worked with him during the period just before his first solo album, “Off The Wall” was released. I was out at the Jackson family compound several times with magazine writers. It was the first time he was allowed to give interviews without a Motown person being thee to direct both the questions and answers, so what came out were the thoughtful musings of this boy/child. He was feeling creative stirrings, as he began to be more involved with his music, the writing, the production, the business. My daughter Lori had a massive crush on Michael, so I brought her with me to the house for a couple of those interviews…He was very sweet, gracious, even shot some hoops with her, then the photographer took a photo of her with Michael…she still has the photo and cherishes it to this day.”

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Up until now the world-wide subpublishing agreement I helped get “Papa” Joe Jackson get hasn’t paid off for the subpublisher and he blames me for wasting his $25,000. Then when Michael explodes he claims all of the mega-songs that Michael is currently writing falls under his contract!

Now I had “Papa” Joe mad at me for helping him get “a paltry $25,000.advance” for the subpublishing of one of the greatest catalogs in the world.

BILLIE JEAN (ORIGINAL VIDEO) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En-cHBv7UpA

BILLIE JEAN  ON MOTOWN 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En-cHBv7UpA&feature=channel

BEAT IT (ORIGINAL VIDEO) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqxo1SKB0z8&feature=channel

HUMAN NATURE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALOLaZ5oY5g&feature=related

THRILLER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtyJbIOZjS8&feature=ch


In 1984 I was hosting Allan Rinde’s Genghis Cohen, a hot Hollywood Chinese restaurant, when then Motown A&R man Benny Medina, came in one night for dinner and told me that Motown was releasing some Michael Jackson masters from the vault to capitalize on the success of “Thriller”. You can imagine how I felt when he said that, “Touch The One You Love”, another song I’d written with George Clinton, Jr., which had been in the can for 10 years, was coming out in the “Farewell My Summer Love” love album!

FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFoLya5qt1w


In 1983, my friend Allan Rinde, backed a 6 week seminar called the Artie Wayne Songwriter motivation course. My flyers say that, “I’ll help make your package so strong, that only a fool would turn you down!’. Then I add at the bottom, “Not responsible for all the fools in the industry.”

mike badI can’t take credit for teaching anybody how to write songs, but I’m proud of creating an environment, where novices could rub shoulders with the top artists, writers, and producers in the business.

My friend, Alan O’Day (“Undercover Angel”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”), is musical director for the sold out event. He also brings in, as his guests, several new writers, which includes Diane Warren (who eventually is considered one of the greatest songwriters of our generation) and John Barnes, who goes on to write half of the “Bad” album with Michael Jackson.

BAD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG5NhkxQJQc&feature=channel

I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uy2A610trg&feature=related

MAN IN THE MIRROR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBos1XjcDg0

DIRTY DIANA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hg-IRZk4D0&feature=relatedmike shadow gif

LIBERIAN GIRL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjtI2WZTZ9k

THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEU9Q8NlOiY



SMOOTH CRIMINAL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WjOn5TNjBM



JAM http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4h58j_michael-jackson-jam_music


WILL YOU BE THERE? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvYygjcMDdQ&feature=related


REMEMBER THE TIME http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDxsM5jLNxM&feature=channel


BLACK AND WHITE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI9OYMRwN1Q&feature=channel

michael-jackson-screamSCREAM with JANET JACKSON http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNl2Pm9-7Vk&feature=channel

Producer Quincy Jones who worked with Michael Jackson on numerous music and film projects, issued the following statement about the passing of the King of Pop:

“I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on ‘The Wiz’ and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the ’80s. To this day, the music we created together on “Off The Wall”, “Thriller”,“Bad“, and “We Are The World” is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”


Although I didn’t play much of a part in Michael Jackson’s life, he’s played a major part in mine. From now until the end of time millions of words will be written about him and his influence in music, dance, and fashion, but the most important gift he has given the world is everlasting hope and inspiration.

great mike Photo by Sam Emerson

Thank you Michael and R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/

Respectfully, Artie

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne from the forthcoming autobiography “I Did It For A Song” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

EXCLUSIVE! MORE NEW MICHAEL JACKSON TRACKS FOUND! http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2172551/new_michael_jackson_recordings_to_be.html

To reach Skip Miller skip@pandaentertainment.com

Bobbi Cowan  http://bobbicowan.com

Quincy Jones http://www.myspace.com/quincyjones

For Alan O’Day http://alanoday.com

Allan Rinde http://allanrinde.com

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