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Jean Music Video
Year Released: 1983
Directed by: Steve Barron
Starring: Michael Jackson
Talk to Michael Jackson fans and you’ll find a host that
“discovered” Michael when this video was released.
That’s no surprise. This song is most often the one credited
with triggering Michael’s success as a solo artist. Dressed
in a black suit, white shirt, and red tie, Michael dances on flashing
lights on pavement (which was quite revolutionary at the time)
and sings about a fan who tells him that the child she bore was
The video was the first by a black artist to be shown on MTV.
Indeed the song is widely thought of as one of Michael’s
best, and most critically acclaimed, songs.
Little known fact: Michael has said the song
came to him as he rode in a car on Ventura Avenue in Los Angeles.