Michael Jackson: Ben


This was made when Jackson was 14, and regardless of anything that happened later, I think it is a brilliant song.

It was written for the 1972 film Ben. The lyrics were by the English writer Don Black (b 1938) and the music by the American composer Walter Scharf (1910-2003)Jackson’s performance over the film’s closing credits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrOGJR3Uzyo was released as a single and got to No 1 in America, his first solo chart topper, and No 7 in Britain. It won a Golden Globe for Best Song.

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