On this day in music history: October 17, 1987 - “Bad” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on October 24, 1987. Written by Michael Jackson, it is the seventh R&B and pop (eleventh overall) chart topper for “The King Of Pop. The title track from Michael Jackson’s seventh album is originally conceived as a duet between pop superstar and Prince. Portrayed as fierce rivals in the mainstream media, Jackson and producer Quincy Jones conceives the idea of the two megastars collaborating together. Jones contacts Prince about the idea, but declines the invitation, feeling the song will be a hit without him. The single features a number musicians that have played on previous Michael Jackson albums including Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker (synthesizers), John Robinson (drums), David Williams (guitar), Jerry Hey, Gary Grant (trumpets), Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams (saxophones) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) Veteran jazz organist Jimmy Smith adds the crowning touch to the track, playing the Hammond B-3 organ solo on the track. The song is also backed by an elaborate eighteen minute long short film directed by Martin Scorsese, debuting in a half hour long special on CBS on the albums’ release date of August 31, 1987. The film also features one of the first appearances by a then unknown actor named Wesley Snipes. Released as the second single on September 7, 1987, it is another immediate smash. "Bad” is parodied by comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1988 as “Fat”, even parodying Jackson’s short film which wins Yankovic a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video in 1989. The video is parodied a second time for the anthology film “Moonwalker” in 1988. Titled “Badder”, the clip features child actors and dancers filling the roles originally played by Jackson and the other actors and dancers in the original. The song is also used to hilarious effect in the animated film “Despicable Me 3” in 2017, in a sequence with supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) moonwalking on the water in swim fins. Michael Jackson’s original recording of “Bad” is also included on the soundtrack for the film.