A Rare Interview With Michael Jackson And George Harrison Has Been Found


An obscure recording of an interview with Michael Jackson and George Harrison has been unearthed.

Both Jackson and Harrison appeared on BBC Radio 1 in 1979 to review new releases from Nicolette Larson, Foreigner, and The Blues Brothers, and to talk about some of their own songs.

After the interview, only a short clip was kept by the BBC. Now according to the NME, another recording of it has been discovered and restored, with excerpts of it due for airing this weekend.

When George Met Michael finds Harrison talking about being in the songwriting shadow of his bandmates Lennon and McCartney while Jackson reveals how Motown wouldn’t let him write his own songs.

Presenter David “Kid” Jensen spoke told the BBC, that the musicians were great guys to have on the show, “We knew we had a good show on our hands just by the general vibe in the studio before the mics went live.”

“It was like Juke Box Jury – people judging their peers. In the case of the Beatles and Michael Jackson, of course, it’s not quite their peers but certainly [people] in the same line of business.”

A producer at BBC Radio Solent asked around collectors’ circles and secured a tape recording of the full show. The special programme is going to be broadcast on Saturday (February 9) to honour the 40th anniversary of the original broadcast!

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