I recently learned of the plagiarism allegations Luixy Toledo has brought against Michael Jackson, and found them somewhat intriguing. Long story short, Luixy alleges that he sent Michael Jackson a copy of his CD in 1974 as a birthday present (because they share the same birthday, August 25th). This CD contained his song Exorcismo. A few years later, Michael released a song called Thriller which Luixy alleges is a copy of Exorcismo. His case was eventually thrown out, the court finding that any similarities are merely coincidental.
A couple days ago I got ahold of a copy of Luixy's song and am finally able to see for myself what the truth is. Rather than tell you what I think, I've prepared an mp3 for your listening pleasure -- Michael in one channel, Luixy in the other. Keep in mind that I did do a little bit of editing on Luixy's track to account for slight tempo variations, but I've included Luixy's original unedited mp3 so you can listen to it for yourself.
Luixy wrote that song, for heaven's sake! Luixy has confessed several times that he sent the score by post with a letter telling that he was also musician and was very interested in his career due to Luixy was a huge fan of "the Jackson Five", and additionally the score was to be sung by Michael Jackson.
Perhaps, on one hand, Jackson received that score and gave it to Mr. Templeton and said to him: "arrange it". And thus Rod Templeton arranged it and registered it under his name. He should have registered it as arranger not as composer. On the other hand Luixy didn't write that song. In his website (www.luixytoledo.turincon.com) one can watch a scan of that score but there is no other document that could acreditate the date of registration authenticity.
Anyway, I am totally convinced that Luixy wrote those lines but, the Mr. Templeton arranging work has made an improved version. The royalties should be shared.
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