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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson's collaborations with Guitar Heroes

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) collaborated with many great musicians during his reign as the "King of Pop." He began in 1979 working with Larry Carlton and Phil Upchurch on his solo album "Off the Wall" and afterwards made music history with "Thriller." Here are some of his more famous colaborations and choice video clips, enjoy!

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In my opinion the best rock/pop crossover track ever is "Beat It." It was written by Jackson and co-produced by Quincy Jones for the singer's 1982 solo album, "Thriller." Jones had wanted an ambitious black rock 'n' roll song, however, Jackson had never previously shown an interest in the genre. Eddie Van Halen was drafted in to add a rock guitar solo, but initially thought the phone calls from Jones requesting that he participate were fake. Jacko and EVH LIVE playing "Beat It" on 1984's Victory Tour, Dallas TX.

Slash performed with MJ on 1992's "Dangerous" album on two tracks "Black or White" and "Give it to Me."

In 1987 Michael Jackson hired Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) to back him on the Dirty Diana track for the "Bad" album.

Jackson worked with legendary Carlos Santana on the track "Whatever Happens" on the 2001 record "Invincible." Listen for Carlos' whistle solos as well as his signature guitar tone!

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