Song Lyric Sunday | “When I Think of You” – Janet 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 “Songs from/connected to television shows.”

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In addition to her family’s variety show, Janet Damita Jo Jackson had starring/recurring roles in three successful television shows. From young Penny Gordon Woods on Good Times, to Charlene Duprey on Different Strokes, to Cleo Hewitt on Fame, Janet flexed her acting muscles early. But it would be her 1986 breakout album, Control, which put her front and center on the world stage.

The much-awarded and praised album spawned five top-five singles, including When I Think of You which went all the way to number one and become Janet’s first hit single.

FUN FACTS:

  • Containing autobiographical themes, a majority of the Control’s lyrics came as the result of a series of changes in Janet’s life.
  • The album is also notable for being what originated the style and genre that came to be known as new jack swing.
  • Best known as a television actress, Janet was initially reluctant to begin a recording career.
  • Janet’s father, Joseph, oversaw production on her first two mostly forgettable albums before Control, Janet Jackson and Dream Street. His rigid direction and control led to Janet firing him, hiring a new manager and embarking on one of music’s most successful careers.

Enjoy!

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

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