Paul's Memories of Michael
Tribute to Michael "It's so sad and shocking. I feel
privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a
massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be
remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy
ones. I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family
and to his countless fans all around the world."
Memories of Michael I first heard from Michael when he phoned
me over the Christmas holiday season in 1980 and my initial reaction
was 'who is this and how did he get my private telephone number?'.
Michael laughed and explained who it was and, as we talked and I asked
him why he was ringing, he said ‚'Do you wanna make some hits?'
and that was the start of our adventure together. He came over to
England with his close friend and minder, Billy and they visited our
house in the country many times as Michael and I put together the
ideas for our songs together. First of all, we came up with and
finished an idea for a song I had started which became Say Say Say. We
recorded in Air Studios, London with George Martin producing and
eventually went to California to make the video for the song. Funnily
enough, I was staying at the ranch that Michael later bought and made
into Neverland. My memories are of his great sense of humour and we
seemed to spend most of the time playing around and having a laugh. He
became very friendly with my family and we had lots of great times
together. Although we drifted apart in later years I will always
remember fondly the fun we had working and playing together. My family
and I send our deepest condolences to his family and, like them, we
know that his great talent will never be forgotten.