This Place Hotel

This Place Hotel

Infobox Single
Name = This Place Hotel

Artist = The Jacksons
from Album = Triumph
Released = 1980
Format = 7" single
Recorded = 1980
Genre = R&B/soul, Funk
Length =
Label = Epic
Writer = Michael Jackson
Producer = The Jacksons
Certification =
Last single = "Lovely One" (1980)
This single = "This Place Hotel" (1980)
Next single = "Can You Feel It" (1981)

Originally named "Heartbreak Hotel", "This Place Hotel" was a hit recording by The Jacksons when it was released in 1980.

Written by Michael, the song would precede Jackson's own hit, "Billie Jean", in its insecurity-plagued tale of confusion. While his brothers didn't sing background vocals, they were credited with playing percussion on the album while brother Tito contributed a guitar solo.

The song reached number twenty-two on the "Billboard" pop singles chart and number two on the R&B singles chart when it was released and became the group's second biggest single off their "Triumph" album. The song, in turn, became a popular concert performance for the group's next two tours right into Michael's own "Bad" tour.

The song, like the aforementioned "Can You Feel It", has become one of the oft-sampled songs in hip-hop.

The song's title was changed because of the 1956 Elvis Presley hit, "Heartbreak Hotel". In his autobiography, Michael Jackson reveals that he was not a fan of Presley, and it did not enter his mind.

The song was performed on the Jacksons' Triumph Tour (thus appears on the Jacksons' subsequent live album) and was subsequently used on the Jacksons' Victory Tour. When Michael Jackson first toured as a solo act, "This Place Hotel" was the only Jacksons song to be used in both legs of the Bad World Tour whereas the other songs by the group (with the exception of a medley of early Jackson 5 hits) were retired during the second leg. A spoken word recording preceded the song on the first leg of Bad tour, but for the second leg of the tour and the subsequent Dangerous World Tour the recording was used as an intro to Jackson's hit, "Smooth Criminal".


*Lead and background vocals: Michael Jackson
*Additional background vocals: Stephanie Spruill, Maxine Willard Waters and Julia Tillman Waters
*Written, arranged and composed by Michael Jackson
**Greg Phillinganes: keyboards
**Tito Jackson: guitar
**David Williams: guitar
**Mike Sembello: guitar
**Paul Jackson, Jr.: guitar
**Nathan Watts: bass guitar
**Ollie Brown: drums
*Provided Scream: LaToya Jackson
**The Jacksons: percussion
**Paulinho da Costa: percussion
*Produced by The Jacksons

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