#Music - Songs you didn't know were covers - 002 - "Blame it on the boogie"

This is a tale of two Jacksons. Michael and Mick.

Michael and his brothers had a hit called "Blame it on the Boogie."

However, the song was actually written by another Jackson: Mick Jackson, a white dude from England. Unbeknownst to Mick, his publisher sold the rights to his song to Joe Jackson (not the "Stepping Out" Joe Jackson, but the father of the Jackson Five.)

Confused yet?

What followed was The Jacksons and Mick Jackson releasing their own versions of the same song within a week of each other in the UK. And, contrary to what you might think, Mick did okay with his version, both in the UK and US. Sadly though, he never saw any royalties for the song because of his publisher's shenanigans.

At least we still have his funky white version to enjoy. :D



  1. What can I say about this that wouldn't be misinterpreted? Maybe it was just down to "production" values and not so "smart" orchestrators. I know "Mick" wrote it but "Michael" performed it! And just maybe, White men can't boogie! LOL


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