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Michael Jackson Remembered: Daryl Hall on the Ultimate Video Star

Daryl Hall

When videos first started, we didn’t know what to do, we just jumped around in front of a camera. Michael was the first one to take it seriously and said, OK, I’m gonna make these extravaganzas. He raised the bar for everybody in the ’80s. On “We Are the World” we were all in the room together. He sort of clung to Diana Ross pretty much, but at one point I was off to the side and he came over to me and said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I stole ‘Billie Jean’ from you,” and I said, “It’s all right, man, I just ripped the base line off, so can you!”

Michael Jackson created a style that was unique to him, he was incredible. And he didn’t lip synch. While he was doing all those dances, he was signing, everybody else should take note.


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