Story Behind The Song: 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You'

15 August 2016, 14:24 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

Michael Jackson And Siedah Garrett

When Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand turned down the opportunity to sing with Michael Jackson, Siedah Garrett got the opportunity of a lifetime.

Singer Siedah Garrett got the opportunity of a lifetime in 1987 when she got a call from Quincy Jones asking her to sing a duet with Michael Jackson.

Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand were just two of the high-profile names that were asked to duet with The King of Pop on 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', but lucky for Siedah, they turned down the opportunity.

"Quincy called me after I had worked with him doing the background vocals for 'Man In The Mirror' to come back to the studio to do more work, but when I got there, I was surprised to discover that there was nobody else in the studio but Quincy, Michael and me. And the song they were working on wasn't 'Man In The Mirror'", Garrett told SongTalk magazine in an interview in the late '80s.

"I go into the booth: there's two music stands. Michael Jackson is standing at one of them in front of a microphone and there's another microphone for me. This is the first time I realised what was happening. On the sheet music it said, 'Michael, Siedah, Michael, Siedah, etc.' I said, 'Wow! I get it.'"

The song, which featured on the album, 'Bad', topped the charts both in the States and the UK,  and Siedah went on to sing on several Quincy Jones albums, as well as touring with Michael Jackson.

Her career didn't stop there however and she went onto be a backing singer and dancer for Madonna on her 'Re-Invention Tour' in 2004 and in 2006 she won a Grammy for co-writing the song 'Love You I Do' for the movie 'Dreamgirls'.

The song went to No.1 in the UK, this week in 1987.

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