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Michael Jackson's 'Off The Wall' | For The Record
Go back to the disco era and relive the emergence of the classic album's fresh R&B fusion
In 1979 the emerging disco genre produced amazing R&B crossover hybrids, many of them recognized at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards, the first and only year in which the Best Disco Recording category was awarded. Into this esteemed mix, after meeting on the set filming The Wiz, Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones dropped Off The Wall on Aug. 10.
The challenge for Jackson and Jones was to make the right creative experiments, including Jackson writing songs and producing them and collaborations with Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The band Heatwave had already been nominated for GRAMMYs for songs such as their funk-disco hit "Boogie Nights." Jones reached out to their keyboard player and songwriter Rod Temperton and he submitted three compositions that Jackson featured on the album — its title track, "Rock With You" and the album's closer, "Burn This Disco Down."
Musicians playing on the album included Patti Austin, George Duke and David Foster, who also co-wrote a track. Lead engineer was the legendary Bruce Swedien and Ed Cherney was one of his assistants. All of these musical geniuses went on to further greatness in the years that followed their participation in Jackson's fifth studio album. After working on Off The Wall, the five of them went on to win a combined 27 GRAMMYs.
The unprecedented splash when Off The Wall hit shelves pushed two hits to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" — and another two at No. 10 — "Off The Wall" and "She's Out Of My Life." This was the first time an album by a solo artist had ever notched four hits in the Top 10.
Arguably the pinnacle track of the set was "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." Jackson's composition of the song began in his Encino, Calif., kitchen as something he couldn't stop humming as he went through the day. He had to convince his mother the title was not just about sex, and luckily he did. The track earned Jackson his first career GRAMMY win for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male at the 22nd GRAMMYs.
In addition to its GRAMMY win, in 2008 Off The Wall was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame along with Jackson's follow-up album Thriller. He also earned the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for his transformative contributions to the music community in 2010, most of which started with this seminal record in 1979.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs
The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards
Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."
Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.
The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.