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Billie Jean was Nicked?

John on August 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm

From the New Yorker:

Rolling Stone‘s Michael Jackson issue is out, and the magazine has posted online several reminiscences of the star by other artists…One of the more interesting memories comes from Daryl Hall, who says that when he was recording “We Are the World” Jackson approached him and admitted to stealing from a Hall and Oates song for “Billie Jean.” Hall says that he told Jackson that he had stolen the bass line, too, and that creative borrowing was fair play. The song in question, of course, is “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” from the 1981 album “Private Eyes.”

Here’s the evidence (sorry, don’t feel like editing this together):

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Here’s Michael:

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Not identical, but darn similar.

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