Michael Jackson Was Enthralled by Stevie Wonder’s Fabulous, Pulsating Sound, Says Susaye Greene

CAPTION: "When Stevie and I communicate, it's just magic," Susaye (above) tells us.

"When Stevie and I communicate, it's just magic," Susaye (above) tells us.

It doesn’t necessarily take a genius to know a genius. But that was the scene back in 1976, when Stevie Wonder pitched his latest composition to Michael Jackson in hopes of having the future King of Pop record the track.

Interviewed on Fresh Touch Radio, Susaye Greene, the last official member of legendary Motown girl group The Supremes, recalls how the two virtuosos had a musical meeting of  minds.

“Stevie came to me and said he wanted to write something for Michael,” Susaye, then in the midst of recording backup vocals for Stevie’s double album, Songs in the Key of Life, tells host Darryl Williams.

“Stevie had part of the hook – ‘Can’t help it, if I wanted to,’ but he would say, ‘Llllll-ah-da, lll-yet-dee-dee-da.” You know, there weren’t any real words there.

“So we just down and . . . that song came together very quickly,” Susaye says of I Can’t Help It, which she co-wrote and which would be featured on Michael’s 1979 album Off the Wall.

CAPTION: Stevie (r) with Michael at the 1980 Grammys.

Stevie (r) with Michael at the 1980 Grammy Awards.

“One time, I went down to [Stevie’s] studio and Michael was there. He and Stevie were talking about what Michael had coming up.

“They had a remote studio attached to Wonderland, which was Stevie’s studio, which was parked outside. I went and sat in there, and Michael came in and sat with me.

“We sat there, literally, for three hours listening to Songs in the Key of Life as it developed.

“We were enthralled by this fabulous, pulsating sound that Stevie had created.

“And when Stevie came out of the main studio, we all started talking. Then we hugged and Michael had to leave.

“But then Stevie said, ‘He’s gonna do the song!'”

To hear Susaye’s full interview, click here.

8 thoughts on “Michael Jackson Was Enthralled by Stevie Wonder’s Fabulous, Pulsating Sound, Says Susaye Greene

  1. Ravenda

    That must have been quite a memorable experience given what MJ had accomplished by now. It is amazing how so many people were touched by his magic and Stevie himself was also inspired. I know he is smiling up there right now….

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  2. Johannes

    I will never forget MJ for his contribution to the world in his life.

    Earth Song say it all. If you hate MJ you really must get life. Steve in the mentor to all artist.

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