"...was recorded in 1983 for a duet intended for [Anka] and Jackson on his album Walk a Fine Line under the original title of 'I Never Heard.' The song was later included in Sa-Fire's album I Wasn't Born Yesterday. The demo of the song was recorded in Anka's studio in Carmel, CA and the tape was sent to a studio in Hollywood for finishing touches. However, Anka claims Jackson 'stole the tapes' from the studio.
Jackson's copy of the original recording of 'This Is It' was apparently found in a box of tapes with only Jackson's voice and a piano accompaniment. Strings were then added to the bare-bones recording, along with backing vocals from Jackson's brothers. Finger-click percussion was also added."*
"Anka claims Jackson -- who was just blowing up at the time with 'Thriller' -- got a big head and 'stole the tapes' from the studio.
Anka tells us he called the lawyers who repped both he and Jackson -- ironically one of them was John Branca -- and threatened them with a lawsuit if he didn't get the tapes back. Anka got them back but insists Jackson made a copy of the tapes and used the track with his voice from 'I Never Heard' -- and simply retitled it, 'This Is It.'"*
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