Mick Jackson (born Michael George Jackson, 2 November 1947, M√ľnster, Germany) is an English singer-songwriter and the co-writer of the song, "Blame It on the Boogie". The song was co-authored by Mick's brother David Jackson and Elmar Krohn, and produced by Sylvester Levay.
Jackson recorded his version first and The Jacksons' management team picked up the song at Midem, the music industry trade fair in Cannes. Due to a delay at the pressing plant which was producing Mick's single, in the UK the two versions were released within weeks of each other. The press at the time enjoyed the similarity in the names and release coincidence, calling the situation 'The Battle of the Boogie' as the two records jockeyed for chart positions. Radio stations got on the battle bandwagon. Radio One only played The Jacksons' version, Capitol Radio only played Mick‚Äôs single. The music press was equally split. ‚ÄėMelody Maker‚Äô didn‚Äôt review Mick‚Äôs version, but praised the Jacksons and wrongly referred to their single as a ‚Äúself-penned song‚ÄĚ (16th Sept 1978), whereas NME hailed Mick as the winner of the battle, calling his version ‚Äúfar superior‚ÄĚ (7th Oct 1978).
Despite the immense popularity of the song, having two versions of it in the charts at the same time split the public and meant that neither version reached the top of the chart. Mick peaked at 15 and The Jacksons peaked at 8 in the UK Singles Chart. Mick Jackson's subsequent 1979 release, "Weekend" was furthermore released in the same week as The Jacksons' second single 'Destiny'. The songs entered the charts on the same day, peaking at 38 and 39 in the UK Singles Chart respectively and both 'Michael Jacksons' appearing on the same edition of Top of The Pops. Mick's single 'Weekend' spent eight weeks on the chart; thus equalling his earlier single's tenure, and also avoiding the one-hit wonder tag.[3 ]