Rare interview between The Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison and pop icon Michael Jackson from 1979
We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you a rare recording of an interview involving Michael Jackson and The Beatles guitarist George Harrison which has been unearthed and shared online.
Appearing on BBC Radio 1 in 1979, the recording had been initially discarded by the broadcasting company who decided only to keep hold of a short clip sample. Now, however, work has been completed on the full restoration of the clip.
In what will be aired as a ‘BBC Radio Solent Special’, the company released the clip 40 years after it was first recorded in a programme that has been titled ‘When George Met Michael’. A moment in history as two geniuses come together.
The show sees both Harrison and Jackson in a discussion about their influences and techniques as well as reviewing new releases of the time. The topics of the conversation included the likes of The Blues Brothers, Nicolette Larson and so much more.
The real moments of joy come when both musicians share stories and inspiration behind their own material—a vital insight into two undoubtedly talented musical minds. It was a pivotal moment for the moonwalking star, with new album Off The Wall proving he was not just a flash in the pan but an iconic artist.
The same can be said of Mr. Harrison. While the singer’s solo work was some of the most gratefully received of all The Beatles, at this time, Harrison was biding his time and waiting to release a new record.
Presenter David “Kid” Jensen said both musicians were “lovely guys to talk to”. “We knew we had a good show on our hands just by the general vibe in the studio before the mics went live,” he told the BBC.
“It was like Juke Box Jury – people judging their peers. In the case of the Beatles and Michael Jackson, of course, it’s not quite their peers but certainly [people] in the same line of business.” Whatever your feelings on either artist, it’s hard to ignore their unbelievable impact on pop music.
Below, listen back to George Harrison’s 1979 interview with Michael Jackson.