Michael Jackson

I Just Can't Stop Loving You

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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
Epic 4:10
The Heart of Soul [Columbia] 1988
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 0:00
Kuschelrock, Vol. 10 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:09
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:22
Number Ones 2003 Epic 4:11
Bad/Dangerous 2004 Sony Music Distribution 4:12
The Ultimate Collection [Sony/Epic] 2004 Legacy / Epic 4:13
King of Pop 2008 Epic 0:00
The Collection 2009 Sony BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 4:12
Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 Epic 4:12
The Broadcast Archives 2018 The Broadcast Archive 6:35
No Image Live Storm 6:54
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:13