October 1972 – a song popular in this month – Ben by Michael Jackson
This song is one of Michael Jackson’s favorites, and it was his first #1 hit as a solo artist. Motown recorded him as a solo artist when The Jackson 5 stopped selling well.
Interesting facts about Ben & Michael Jackson
Jackson was 14 when he recorded this. He became the youngest artist to top the US charts both as a solo artist and as a member of a group (The Jackson 5).
Despite being about a rat, the lyrics are touching and sentimental, and make no reference to rodents. This made it a sturdy song about friendship:
They don’t see you as I do I wish they would try to
I’m sure they’d think again if they had a friend like Ben
This was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. Jackson sang it at the ceremony in 1973.
Michael was the seventh of nine children (Janet and Randy are younger). They grew up in a two-bedroom house in Gary, Indiana. The six boys slept in one room, while the three girls shared the other with the parents, Joe and Katherine.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com