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Ben

from the Motion Picture "BEN"
(Walter Scharf / Don Black)
Lead vocals : Michael Jackson
Arranged by The Corporation
Produced by The Corporation

Recorded at the Motown Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California

Versions

Ben Album Version (from "Ben") 2:42
Single Mono Single Version (from 7" US single) 2:42
Single Stereo Single Version (from 7" US promo single) 2:42
Live In Japan Live Version (from In Japan !) 2:54
HF Remix #2 (from "Soul Source Vol 2") 3:19
     
 

Ben Exclusive J5ABC Piano Version 2:46

michael jackson ben


Single details

US single released July 12, 1972.
#5 R&B, #1 Pop, #7 UK
Sales : 2 865 012 (World), 1 701 475 ex (USA)

 

 

Written for the motion picture "Ben", the song is a story about the friendship between a boy and a rat. It's certainly the only love song dedicated to a rat. Some american radios were a little reluctant to broadcast the song, considering the morbidness of the theme. But the public loving Little Michael bought about 1,7 millions copies.

The song won the Golden Globe Award in January 1973. Michael was also nominated at the Oscars with this song, a show where a man called Quincy Jones was present...

Ben is the main success of the first phase of Michael's career, and his only number one at Motown.

Ecrite pour le film du même nom, la chanson est une ballade racontant l'amitié d'un garçon avec un rat. C'est sûrement la seule chanson d'amour dédiée à un rat. Certaines radios américaines étaient un peu réticentes à diffuser la chanson, considérant le thème un peu morbide. Mais le public adorant le petit Michael, en acheta plus de 1,7 millions de copies.

La chanson a remporté le Golden Globe Award en janvier 1973. Elle a été nominée aux Oscars, cérémonie au cours de laquelle Michael a chanté la chanson. Dans la salle, un certain Quincy Jones était présent...

Ben est le principal tube de la première phase de la carrière de Michael, et son seul numéro 1 chez Motown

 

 

Collection


Ben (Mono/Stereo)
7" White Label Promo, 1972
M 1207
USA
not common

Ben / You Can Cry On My Shoulder
7" single, 1972
M 1207
USA
common

Ben / You Can Cry On My Shoulder
7" single, 1972
TMG 824
UK
common

Ben / Ain't No Sunshine
7" single, 1972
M 513
Spain
not common

Ben / You Can Cry On My Shoulder
7" single Rat cover, 1972
JET 2145
Japan
not common

Ben / Got To Be There
7" single, 1974
VIP 2043
Japan
not common

Ben / Ain't No Sunshine
7" single, 1972
2 C 006 94062
France
rare

Ben / Ain't No Sunshine
7" single, 1972
Belgium
not common

Ben / You Can Cry On My Shoulder
7" single, 1972
Italy
rare

Ben
7" single, 1972
149 A
Thailand
not common

Ben / What Goes Around Comes Around / Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da Day
7" EPl, 1972
CDM 11
Brazil
not common

Ben / Rockin' Robin / You Can Cry On My Shoulder / I Wanna Be Where You Are
7" EP, 1972
TMG 2000F 2
Singapour
rare
Ben / We've Got A Good Thing Goin' / You Can Cry On My Shoulder / In Our Small Way
7" EP, 1972
Mexico
not common

BEN
7" single, 1972
Portugal
rare

Ben / Lookin' Through The Windows / Little Bitty Pretty One
7" EP, 1972
Holland
not common

Ben
7" single, 1983
ZB 64302
UK
not common

BEN
7" single, 1975
IM 26039
Portugal
not common

Ben
7" single, 1975
Holland
not common

Ben
7" single, 1972
M 1207
Canada
not common

Ben / I Wann Be Where You Are
Yesteryear Reissue, 1974
Y 555 F
USA
common

Ben
7" single reissue, 1980
TMG 1165
UK
not common
     


Lyrics / Paroles


Michael
Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I'll never be alone
And you my friend will see
You've got a friend in me
(You've got a friend in me)

Ben, you're always running here and there
(Here and there)
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
(Anywhere)
If you ever look behind
And don't like what you find
There's something you should know
You've got a place to go
(You've got a place to go)

I used to say, "I" and "me"
Now it's "us", now it's "we"
(I used to say, "I" and "me")
(Now it's "us", now it's "we")

Ben, most people would turn you away
I don't listen to a word they say
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
(A friend)
Like Ben
(Like Ben)
Like Ben


© 1971 Jobete Music Co., Inc (ASCAP)
All rights reserved.