It was planned as a follow-up to Michael and Paul’s second collaboration,Say Say Say,until Michael’s record company blocked its planned February 1984 release,fearing it would compete with releases from Thriller - the 12” single was scheduled to feature an extended remix. It was officially released as a single in Peru,and made available as a promo-only single in several other countries. It is also known by the title,This Is The Man.
Sir Paul and Michael Jackson first got together,at Abbey Road Studios to record the songs: ‘Say Say Say’ and ‘The Man’,for McCartney’s ‘Pipes Of Peace’ solo album. Later they teamed up again for the track ‘The Girl Is Mine’ on Michael’s Thriller album.
“I just want my kids to have a better life than me. I never want them to go through what I had to go through. How would you guys feel if your kids asked you for something and you had to send someone out to get it? I appreciate what you guys do for my kids, but I’m their father. I should be the one doing those things, but I can’t just get in the car and go. There are so many things I can’t do for them because those people out there won’t let me. You have no idea how that feels. You really don’t. I just wanna live my life with my kids.”—
Michael Jackson to bodyguard Bill Whitfield (via alchrista)