Song Lyric Sunday | “Ben” – Michael Jackson

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit/Dragon/Snake/Horse/Sheep/Monkey/ Rooster/Dog/Pig.”

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This SLS pick doesn’t contain any of this week’s theme words, but it’s about a rat!

Sung by a teenage Michael Jackson, Ben was the theme song of the 1972 movie of the same name, which was the sequel to another killer rat movie, Willard.

Fun Facts:

  • Ben was Michael Jackson’s first solo U.S. #1 song.
  • Ben spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1972.
  • Ben won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973.
  • Originally written for Donny Osmond, Ben was offered to Jackson as Osmond was on tour at the time and unavailable for recording.

The video is of Jackson performing the song at the 45th Annual Academy Awards in 1973.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!

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