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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the untimely death of Michael Jackson.  It’s definitely a time of reflection on the man, his music and his legacy.  And there’s be a lot of talk as folks remember where they were when they found out that Michael had passed.  Here’s one such story.

The Commodores were performing at Wembley Arena in London on June 25, 2009.  They learned of Michael’s death as they walked off the stage. The following night, lead singer JD Nicholas substituted the word “Michael” for “Jackie” in their performance of their Grammy Award winning song “Nightshift” – that one change brought the audience to their feet. That’s where the idea started to re-write the song as a tribute to Michael.
 
The Commodores and Dennis Lambert (one of the original writers along with Commodores member Walter Orange and Franne Golde) have re-written the lyrics to “Nightshift” and re-recorded it with new lyrics honoring many of the great artists who have passed on, including Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke and Teddy Pendergrass, to name a few.

Take a listen. 


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  • Brad

    For crying out loud who butchered that song? The lyrics and vocals truly sound like they could have fit with the original, then some goon comes in with his Diddy-style ad-libbing and jabbering talking about “drop the beat”. This could have been so good and that douchebag ruined it.

    • Cheryl172

      Chill out, the original is still around. If anyone has the right to change that song some as a tribute to the King of Pop, it’s the Commodores, (it is their song), and they are the ones singing on this one. They opened for the Jackson 5 back in the day, and wanted to honor their friend. Deal with it.

    • ILIR D.

      NIGHTSHIFT – 2010

      By Dennis Lambert-Franne Golde-Walter Orange

      MICHAEL, he was a friend of mine

      For more than forty years, no brighter star did shine

      MICHAEL, they call you, “King Of Pop”

      But for your gentle soul, the pain would never stop

      It’s over now, it’s over now

      Ah, talk to me, and “1-2-3”, “I’ll be there” oh,

      When you’re blue, I wanna “rock with you”, forever more, ever more, ever more

      Gonna be some sweet sounds comin’ down

      On the NIGHTSHIFT

      I bet you’re singin’ proud, oh, I bet you pull a crowd, um

      Gonna be a long night, gonna be alright

      On the NIGHTSHIFT

      It’s gonna be fine, it’s gonna be fine

      You found another home, I know you’re not alone

      On the NIGHTSHIFT

      You’re in a better place, forever in his grace

      And all of the company…Levi, Luther, Sam, Teddy and Ray

      MICHAEL, um, hey what you doin’ now?

      Does MARVIN know you’re there?, has JACKIE come around?

      MICHAEL, oh, I pray you really hear us…

      Cause not a day goes by, when we don’t feel your love,

      And know that you’re near us

      Nightshift –2-

      Keep it up, “don’t stop the way.. you’re makin’ me feel”, oh

      Say you will, say you will, .. sing your songs forever more, ever more, ever more

      Gonna be some sweet sounds, oh yeah, comin’ down

      On the NIGHTSHIFT

      You found another home, we know that you’re not alone

      On the NIGHTSHIFT

      Gonna miss your sweet voice, that soulful noise

      On the NIGHTSHIFT, woh, on the NIGHTSHIFT

      We all remember you, oh Michael, Michael your songs are comin’ through

      At the end of a long day, it’s gonna be okay

      On the NIGHTSHIFT

      It’s gonna be fine

      I bet you’re singin’ proud, oh, I bet you pull a crowd

      Gonna be a long night, gonna be alright on the NIGHTSHIFT

      You found another home, I know you’re not alone

      On the NIGHTSHIFT

      Don’t stop singin’ Billie Jean, you know the world is listening (2x

  • Greggaileen

    Don’t listen to them! I love it! Anything for the King of Pop is great, and very much appreciated!