Michael Jackson vs. Huey Lewis vs. Ray Parker

Michael Jackson vs. Huey Lewis vs. Ray Parker Jr.

Ray Parker Jr. and Huey Lewis have been hiding in Michael Jackson’s afro this whole time.

I’ve posted about Huey Lewis & The New’s “I Want a New Drug” and Ray Parker’s Ghostbuster’s Theme a number of times but I was just listening to some MJ the other day and noticed a strong similarity in The Jackson 5’s 1978 “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”. While the lawsuits were flying in the Lewis/Parker camp I’m surprised nobody brought up this precursor to the mix.

Have a listen!

Michael Jackson (Jackson 5) - "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (1978)
Huey Lewis & The News - "I Want a New Drug (intro)" (1984)
Ray Parker Jr. - "Ghostbusters Theme (intro)" (1984)


See also: Huey Lewis & The News vs. Ray Parker Jr. vs. The Bar-Kays vs. Queen


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7 Replies to “Michael Jackson vs. Huey Lewis vs. Ray Parker”

  1. Travis

    heres a classic.

    verve: bitter sweet symphony

    andrew oldham orchestra: the last time

    of course credit for the orchestra was given to Rolling Stones
    Rolling Stones: the last time

    verve did have permission to sample the orchestra version for bittersweet symphony HOWEVER they apparently took too much of it which as a result the verve lost all rights to bittersweet symphony.


  2. Mark Adams

    And Body Language (1975) by the Jackson 5 sounds like a combination of War by Edwin Starr (1970?) and Play that Funky Music.


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