1979 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (US:#10 UK:#7)

“Off the Wall” is a song by American singer Michael Jackson, from his fifth album of the same name (1979). It was written by English songwriter Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones, and released as the album’s third single on February 2, 1980, by Epic Records. The song was first offered to Karen Carpenter, while she was working on her first solo album, but she turned it down. Lyrically, the song is about getting over troubles. It was well received by music critics, and became Jackson’s third top 10 single from Off the Wall, which eventually spawned four top 10 singles; Jackson was the first person to accomplish this. It was performed by Jackson in five of his concert tours.

Album

Video

Musicians

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Guitar Marlo Henderson
Piano Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer George Duke
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Programming Michael Boddicker
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Horn Larry Williams
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet Gary Grant
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals Michael Jackson

Produced By

Quincy Jones
Michael Jackson

Songwriters

Rod Tempterton

Charts

US:#10
UK:#7