What Are Some Facts About the Michael Jackson Hit, "Pretty Young Thing"?


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Michael Jackson wrote the original demo of his hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" with Greg Phillinganes, a keyboardist, and the song went on to become the sixth single off of Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller." Numerous artists, including Kanye West and Justin Guarini, have performed covers of the song.

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An interesting fact about "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" is that, despite it being one of Michael Jackson's most successful hits, he never once performed the song live, although he did sing a small portion of the demo version during a rehearsal on his "Dangerous World Tour." Jackson's sisters, Janet and La Toya, serve as the background singers heard singing "na na na" near the end of the track.

When "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" came out as a single, it received mixed reviews from people involved in the entertainment industry. Christopher Connelly, a reviewer for Rolling Stone magazine, wrote a review in which he stated the song was too glitzy and did not have as much spunk as the other songs on Jackson's album. Davitt Sigerson, also from Rolling Stone, described the track as forgettable. However, Eric Henderson, who worked for Slant Magazine, praised the song, describing it as a "lush disco paradise." Henderson asserted that the song was evidence that disco music was not permanently dead.

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