Though Michael Jackson's lead vocals can be heard on number one Motown hits by the Jackson 5, the singer didn't have his own R&B chart-topper (though 1972's "Ben" was a number one pop hit) as a solo artist until the late '70s while signed to Epic Records. His first Epic single "You Can't Win" peaked at number 42 R&B and number 81 pop in early 1979. While appearing as the Scarecrow in the movie version of The Wiz, Jackson met producer Quincy Jones. Later Jackson called Jones for recommendations on who to work with on his upcoming album debut for Epic. Jones suggested himself.
While walking around his Encino, CA, home, Jackson began musing on the power of love. Crafting the song "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough," the singer recorded a 24-track demo in his home studio with his brother Randy Jackson playing piano. The professional recording session for the song included bassist Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson, drummer John Robinson, keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, guitarists David Williams and Marlo Henderson, percussionist Paulinho de Costa, and members of Seawind."Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" went platinum, selling over two million copies, going to number one on both the R&B and pop charts during the fall of 1979. It was on his Off the Wall album, which sold over 17 million copies, topping the R&B charts for seven weeks and reaching number three pop. The LP yielded the number one R&B/pop platinum single "Rock With You" and the million-selling singles "Off the Wall" and "She's Out of My Life."