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Michael Jackson - Rock With You (Official Video)

Rock With You was Michael Jacksons second short film, filmed in 1979 for the second No. 1 hit single from Off the Wall. The Bruce Gowers-directed short film, featuring Michael dancing in a sequined jumpsuit and matching boots against a set of shimmering lasers, was ranked No. 6 on a list of Michaels 20 greatest videos by Rolling Stone.

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Written by Rod Temperton

Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions

From the album Off the Wall, released August 10, 1979

Released as a single November 3, 1979


Director: Bruce Gowers

Primary Production Location: Los Angeles, California

Although all of Michael Jacksons music videos are referred to as short films, the short films for Off the Wall, Michaels first solo album for Epic Records, are more classic music videos, as they are performance clips rather than scripted stories. Michaels short film for Rock With You was the second of the three short films produced for recordings from that album. The single reached No. 1 in the United States in 1980, topping Billboards Hot 100 and Hot R&B Singles charts and reaching No. 4 on Billboards Year-End Hot 100 chart that same year.

Rock With You was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on February 14, 1980, and Platinum of February 14, 1989. The song was ranked No. 82 on Rolling Stone and MTVs list of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs in 2000. In his 1988 memoir Moonwalk, Michael called Rock With You, written by Rod Temperton, the sort of thing I was aiming for in creating an album to his vision.

The short film featured Michael performing the song on a plain stage in a sequined jumpsuit and matching boots, a set of shimmering lasers illuminating his outfit from behind. Director Bruce Gowers praised Michael as an absolute

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