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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.

August 31, 1987: Michael Jackson released his seventh studio album, BAD.


Shortly after it’s release Bad started its six-week run on top the US album chart in that small time it managed to achieve five No. 1 singles. The singles that reached the top were “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.” No other artist had been able to beat that level of success until Katy Perry matched his record in 2010 with her album Teenage Dream.

Michael Jackson was nominated for six Grammy Awards after the release of Bad, “Album of the Year”, “Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male” and “Best R&B Vocal Performance – Male” as well as “Record of the Year” for “Man in the Mirror” that following year. In the end Bad won Grammy’s for “Best Engineered Recording” and “Best Music Video Short Form” for “Leave Me Alone” in 1990. 

(Leave Me Alone wasn’t included in the original release of BAD, but was later released on the CD version then LP.)

And during all this time BAD World tour ended up breaking world records. 

One for a record-setting revenue of over $124 million made during the tour.

The other for most successful concert series which sold out seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London in1988 with a total of 504,000 fans attending the shows.


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Bad nine time platinum for having shipped nine million copies in the United States alone. Internationally, Bad was commercially successful. In the United Kingdom the album sold 500,000 copies in its first five days of release, and as of 2008 is certified 13× platinum, for sales of 3.9 million, making it Michael’s second biggest-selling album in the United Kingdom.


Happy 28th Birthday BAD…..~


Thank you to all the amazing people who worked on the album, (Thanks to wikipedia for the long list!) 

  • Sounds engineered: Ken Caillat and Tom Jones
  • Percussion: Paulinho da Costa, Ollie E. Brown
  • Keyboards: Stefan Stefanovic
  • Saxophones: Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams
  • Synclavier keyboards, digital guitar and rubboard: Christopher Currell
  • Synthesizers: John Barnes, Michael Boddicker, Greg Phillinganes, Christopher Currell, Rhett Lawrence, David Paich
  • Piano: John Barnes
  • Rhythm arrangement: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Christopher Currell
  • Horn arrangement: Jerry Hey
  • Synthesizer programming: Larry Williams, Eric Persing, Steve Porcaro
  • Midi saxophone solo: Larry Williams.

Jimmy Smith ignited a jazz revolution on an instrument associated at the time with ballparks, despite never playing one until the age of 28. His legendary multi-part technique on the Hammond B-3 organ, playing bass with the foot pedals and Charlie Parker-like single-line passages with his right hand, shook up the traditional trio as co-players could explore new roles.

Talking about Arctic Monkeys’ future live plans, which includes a UK tour to take place before the end of 2013, Turner says: “I’m not really that up for playing guitar at the moment, so I’m trying to get everybody else to do it.” This includes touring member Tom Rowley, whose role Turner describes as: “rubbing his belly, patting his head, playing the lead, checking his emails and fucking shredding it on the B-3 organ!”
—  NME (alex gets someone else to check his emails wow)