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Want to Hear Stevie Wonder’s Live DEMO of the Song He Wrote for MJ, “I Can’t Help It”?

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Most people around the world know that stevie wonder is an amazing songwriter. Also, most people know that stevie wonder wrote Michael Jackson’s song “I Can’t Help It” that appeared on this Off The Wall album. The song is one of my personal favorites and I always wondered what the studio session was like when those two icons came together. Well, you can at least hear Stevie demo the record. Feel free to check a genius at work.

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Nicole Franklin September 18, 2015 at 3:02 am

This is gold.

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Elson T. September 19, 2015 at 1:32 am

Stevie is a musical genius, and this is a wonderful song, but this is NOT a studio demo of “I Can’t Help It.” It was likely a more recent live recording, as Stevie’s voice is a little huskier sounding than it was back in the 1970s. Stevie also performs this song occasionally during his own concerts, especially after Michael Jackson’s death in 2009.

But here’s the biggest tell-tale clue it’s not a demo of the song: At 2:59, Stevie sings, “You’re hearing the best Christmas music, 24-7, on KOST-FM.” It sounded like Stevie was performing this for a radio station-sponsored concert. KOST is an adult contemporary radio station in Los Angeles that plays nothing but Christmas music starting the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day ever year. But in 1979, when Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” album came out, KOST had an “elevator music” format and didn’t do the seasonal all Christmas music until the 1990s.

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Nicole Franklin September 19, 2015 at 6:58 am

Thanks for the research! I was wondering about both the radio reference and the Christmas song (which, with MJ being a Jehovah witness, would that even play?). Cool. You’re On it! Thanks!

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NioLife September 19, 2015 at 8:20 am

Agreed!!!

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NioLife September 19, 2015 at 8:20 am

Not the demo…

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