Today a song that influenced one of Michael Jackson’s songs.

“I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Daryl Hall and John Oates[/lastfm] came about one evening after a recording session for the Private Eyes album.  Daryl was simply playing around with a bass line on an organ and the sound engineer happened to record it. Later he and John worked on the guitar riff, the next day Daryl and Sara Allen came up with lyrics.

In an interview with Daryl Hall, he said Michael Jackson, during the recording session for ‘We Are The World,’ told him he had lifted the bass line for ‘Billie Jean’ from it. Daryl said he didn’t mind because “it’s something we all do.”

Not only was it the fourth number-one hit single in their career, it was also voted number six on VH1’s list of  “The 100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s.”

“I Can’t Go For That” also made it to number one on the R&B charts as well as U.S. Pop charts.

And according to BMI, it is one of many Hall and Oates that has been played on the radio over a million times.


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