Siedah Garrett / Michael Jackson

I Just Can't Stop Loving You

Composed by Michael Jackson

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For his duet ballad "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," Michael Jackson wanted to share vocals with Barbra Streisand or Whitney Houston. Both singers took a pass on the invitation. The co-duet duties were given to Siedah Garrett who dueted with former Temptations member Dennis Edwards' number two R&B/number 72 pop hit, "Don't Look Any Further." Garrett first came to the attention of producer Quincy Jones after auditioning for and winning a spot in the group Deco. She later signed as a recording artist with Jones' Warner Bros.-distributed Qwest label. The singer was constantly sent song demos including one for "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," though she didn't know that the demo was a song written and sung by Jackson. While reporting for a recording session, Garrett thought that she was summoned to do overdubs for a song she'd co-written titled "Man in the Mirror." Instead she was surprised to learn that she'd been chosen to sing a duet with Jackson. The first single from Bad, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," went gold, going to number one on both the R&B and pop charts in the fall of 1987. To some, the wispy ballad was reminiscent of Jackson's Motown classic "Got to Be There." Jackson and Garrett sounded so much alike that it mimicked Jackson's double-tracked vocals of "Got to Be There."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bad 1987
Bad
Epic 4:10
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 1995 Epic 4:12
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:22
Greatest Hits: HIStory, Vol. 1 2001 Epic 4:12
Number Ones 2003 Epic 4:11
The Ultimate Collection [Sony/Epic] 2004 Epic
The Essential Michael Jackson 2005 Legacy 4:11
King of Pop 2008 Sony BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 4:12
Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 4:12
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