Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

1980 – Michael Jackson wins his first Grammy for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” Best R&B Performance.

Lyrics:

“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

[1st Verse]
Lovely Is The Feelin’ Now
Fever, Temperatures Risin’ Now
Power (Ah Power) Is The Force The Vow
That Makes It Happen It Asks No Questions Why (Ooh)
So Get Closer (Closer Now)
To My Body Now Just Love Me
‘Til You Don’t Know How (Ooh)
[Chorus]
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

[2nd Verse]
Touch Me And I Feel On Fire
Ain’t Nothin’ Like A Love Desire (Ooh)
I’m Melting (I’m Melting)
Like Hot Candle Wax Sensation (Ah Sensation)
Lovely Where We’re At (Ooh)
So Let Love Take Us Through The Hours
I Won’t Be Complanin’
‘Cause This Is Love Power (Ooh)
[Chorus]
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
(Ooh)

[3rd Verse]
Heartbreak Enemy Despise
Eternal (Ah Eternal)
Love Shines In My Eyes (Ooh)
So Let Love Take Us Through The Hours
I Won’t Be Complanin’ (No No)
‘Cause Your Love Is Alright, Alright

[Chorus]
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
[Refrain]
Lovely Is The Feeling Now I Won’t Be Complanin’ (Ooh Ooh)
The Force Is Love Power
[Chorus]
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
[Ad-Lib To Fade]

“Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”, released in July 1979, is the debut single from Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album. Written by Jackson, the track was the first solo recording over which he had creative control, and his debut single released under Epic Records.

Jackson’s first single to top the U.S. charts in seven years, the song was certified gold within a few months of release. The musical piece also won Jackson his first solo Grammy and American Music Awards. Garnering critical acclaim for it’s composition, the track is considered the first song to showcase Jackson’s talents; both as a singer and songwriter.

Background and production

In 1978, Jackson starred as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, an urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. After the filming, the singer approached the film’s musical director, Quincy Jones, to ask if he knew of any producers to help with Jackson’s future solo endeavors. Jones suggested himself, and the two began work on Off the Wall. After listening to hundreds of songs, the two decided upon the ones to record. These included “Workin’ Day and Night”, “Get on the Floor” and “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”.

Jackson claimed that when the melody of “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” came to him, he couldn’t shake it off. He found himself humming and singing it whilst walking through the Jacksons’ Encino home. As Michael couldn’t play, he had his brother Randy perform the melody on a piano in the family’s recording studio.

When Jackson’s mother, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, heard the song, she was shocked by the lyrical content. Katherine pointed out that the title could be misconstrued as pertaining to sexual activity. Jackson reassured her that the song was not a reference to sex, but could mean whatever people wanted it to.

Commentary and reception

“Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” introduced Jackson’s falsetto voice and vocal hiccups, which would become a hallmark of the singer.

Jackson’s biographers also praised the song. J. Randy Taraborrelli described Jackson’s unveiling of a “sexy, playful falsetto” that “no one had ever heard from him before”.

The track won Jackson his first American Music Award, the song picking up the award for Favourite Soul/R&B Single. He also won his first solo Grammy Award, taking home the award for Best Male Vocal Performance in the genre of R&B. Following the single being certified gold ten years previously, the song was awarded platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1989.

Music video
Jackson in the music video for “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”.

The music video for “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” was directed and produced by Nick Saxton and made its world premiere in October 1979.

Chart performance

“Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” was released on July 28, 1979, under Epic Records; Jackson’s first solo album away from Motown Records.

In 2006, “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” reached number 17 in the United Kingdom, following the Visionary campaign, whereby 20 of Jackson’s hit singles were reissued in several European countries.

Charts
Chart     Peak
Position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart     1
Belgian Singles Chart     1
Danish Singles Chart     1
Holland Singles Chart     2
Norwegian Singles Chart     1
UK Singles Chart     3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100     1

In popular culture

In the 2001 film, Rush Hour 2, Chris Tucker performs a rendition of “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” at a karaoke bar.

In 2004, The One was released onto DVD by Jackson and CBS. It featured interviews of celebrities, and their views on Jackson and his music. Of “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”, Beyoncé Knowles stated that she has the whole record, which plays to this day. She said it was “a classic” and one that people will listen to forever.

Track listing

US Promo single

1. “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” (Short Version) – 3:55
2. “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” (Long Version) – 5:45

US/UK single

1. “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” (Long Version) – 5:45
2. “I Can’t Help It” – 4:29

Credits

* Written by Michael Jackson
* Produced by Quincy Jones
* Lead and background vocals: Michael Jackson
* Bass: Louis Johnson
* Drums: John Robinson
* Electric piano: Greg Phillinganes
* Guitar: David Williams and Marlo Henderson
* Percussion: Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson and Paulinho Da Costa
* Horns arranged by Jerry Hey and performed by The Seawind Horns:
o Trumpet and flugelhorn: Jerry Hey
o Tenor, alto saxophones and flute: Larry Williams
o Baritone, tenor saxophones and flute: Kim Hutchcroft
o Trombone: William Reichenbach
o Trumpet: Gary Grant
* Rhythm arrangement by Greg Phillinganes and Michael Jackson
* Vocal and percussion arrangements by Michael Jackson
* String arrangement by Ben Wright
* Concert master: Gerald Vinci
* Additional background vocals by Jim Gilstrap, Augie Johnson, Mortonette Jenkins, Paulette McWilliams and Zedric Williams

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