Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009
amazing how a song about a pet rat can be the inspiration to get you through the teenagers years ... this song helped me survive my teenage years Thankyou Michael RIP buddy((BIGHUG))
Don Black and Walter Scharf wrote this for the 1972 movie of the same name. It was the sequel to a movie called Willard, which was remade in 2003 starring Crispin Glover. Ben is a pet rat. In the movie, a young boy befriends the rat, but the rat turns evil and recruits other rats to attack humans. In the remake of Willard, Ben becomes an enormous super-rat.
According to the book Jacksons Number Ones, this was intended for Donny Osmond, but Don Black suggested Jackson, who got the song instead.
The song's co-writer Don Black has written many movie themes, including the hits "Diamonds Are Forever" (for the James Bond movie) and "Born Free." At his 2007 induction in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, he said of "Ben," "When it came to writing about a rat, I said, 'You can't write about a rat.' I mean, I'm not going to use words like 'cheese.' I thought the best thing to do is write about friendship."
This song is one of Michael Jackson's favorites, and it was his first #1 hit as a solo artist. Motown recorded him as a solo artist when The Jackson 5 stopped selling well.
Jackson was 14 when he recorded this. He became the youngest artist to top the US charts both as a solo artist and as a member of a group (The Jackson 5).
This was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. Jackson sang it at the ceremony in 1973.
Part of this song was used in a 1991 episode of The Simpsons, where Jackson guest stars as an overweight, white mental patient.
At Michael Jackson's 2001 tribute special, young Country singer Billy Gilman performed this with Marc Anthony.
Michael Jackson Music Legend... ROCK IN PEACE MICHAEL
28th June 2009 ( oz time )
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Thanks but these dont belong to me they belong to Michael ..
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