The Number Ones: Michael Jackson's “Ben” - Stereogum

Billboard #1 Hits: #281: “Ben”- Michael Jackson – October 14, 1972. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Ben”- Michael Jackson
  • Record Company- Motown
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Don Block and Walter Scharf
  • Time: 2:44
  • B-side: “You Can Cry On My Shoulder”
  • Album- Ben
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #7 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia.

“Ben” was written for Donny Osmond but The Osmonds were on tour and Donny was on tour and unavailable. The song was played on the closing credits of the movie Ben- about a killer rat. Michael became the 3rd youngest solo performer to hit #1 after Stevie Wonder who was 13 when he hit the top with “Fingertips” and that heavy metal God- Donny Osmond who was just shy of 14 when he hit with “Go Away Little Girl.”

2 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #281: “BEN”- MICHAEL JACKSON -OCTOBER 14, 1972

    • I think one of the turning points for Michael was when he tried to buy the elephant man’s bones… but maybe Ben bit him.

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