• This song was written by Don Black & Walter Scharf for the film 'Ben' a 1971 killer rat movie sequal to 'Willard'. It was originally offered to recording artist Donny Osmond, but he had touring conflicts.
• The single was released in July of 1972 and topped the Billboard Pop charts. This was Michael Jackson's first #1 hit single as a solo artist.
• 'Ben' was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Song and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
• The song has been covered by many musicians including pop group Boyzone, Crispin Glover, & Marti Webb. Billy Gillman also performed the song live at the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special in 2001.
• Kipp Lennon, voiced Michael Jackson's character in animated series 'The Simpsons' and sang the song 'Ben' to Homer in the 3rd season episode 'Stark Raving Dad'.
• 'Pearl Jam' references this song on their 1993 album 'Vs.' in the song 'Rats' with the line 'Ben, the two of us need look no more'.
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