BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: September 19, 1987 - “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on the same date.Written by Michael Jackson, it is the seventh number one solo single (eleventh, to date) for “The King Of Pop”. Issued as the first single from “Bad”, the song is initially pitched to Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston, who will both have to pass on recording the song due to prior recording commitments. Siedah Garrett will come to the studio, initially believing she is there to add overdubs to the song “Man In The Mirror” which she has co-written with fellow songwriter Glen Ballard. To her great surprise, producer Quincy Jones will ask her to sing the duet with Michael. Released seven weeks ahead of the album on July 20, 1987, the single will be an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #37 on August 8, 1987, it will leap top the top of the chart six weeks later. Jackson and Garrett will also record a Spanish language version of the song (titled “Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu” translated by Ruben Blades) that is released as a limited edition 12” single by CBS International’s Latin Music division. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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