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.

  • Greggaileen

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