A rare recording of an interview involving Michael Jackson and The Beatles guitarist George Harrison has been unearthed.

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 complete restoration of the full clip.

In what will be aired as a ‘BBC Radio Solent Special’, the company will air the clip 40 years after it was first recorded in a programme that has been titled ‘When George Met Michael’.

The show sees both Harrison and Jackson discussion and reviewing new releases at the time. The topics of the conversation included the likes of The Blues Brothers, Nicolette Larson and more. On top of that, both musicians share stories and inspiration behind their own material.

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.”

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