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The real story on Billie Jean

In 1984 (or 83 ?), I was four and was going to nursery school (school for childern, in polish: "przedszkole"). I remember two artists being constantly played on the radio. One was Tina Turner (I really hated her as a child ;) ) with the song I don't remember and the other one was Michael Jackson with Billie Jean. You should know that Poland in 1984 was ruled by communist regime - I guess it wasn't easy to have an access to all european / world hit records. So it usually ended up hearing same tracks over and over :)

Now I'm a little bit older ;), I'm interested more in music production and personally think that Billie Jean is an exceptional, well produced song. But do you know the real story of Billie Jean ? Do you know, how many mixes it took to create the song and which number was actually picked as "official" ? You can read this whole thing at gearslutz forum in post created (in 2006) by Bruce Swedien, who mixed Billie Jean.

Article: The real story on Billie Jean


Vlad said...

Interesting story indeed! Never knew there was a personal side to the song (still, I prefer Beat It -- Eddie Van Halen's solo rocks;))
BTW you were lucky to get Tina and MJ on airplay in those dark times -- all we had here in the evil empire ;) was at best some freaking Boney M.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post, interesting story ;)

Anonymous said...

Amazing how things have changed since this article!
Must be amazing to work with MJ and the whole mowtown crew. Billie Jean may not have got what she was looking for but at least he made a hell of a track for her and us :)
Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 - Forever

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