A close look at MJ's most important solo releases and dozens of hits
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Off The Wall, 1979
Action with The Jacksons (no longer The Jackson 5) went strong with MJ as the lead songwriter. The group released six records over 1976-1984. Meanwhile, Jackson was tapped as the Scarecrow in the film musical "The Wiz" in 1978, during which he worked with Quincy Jones. Jones produced Jackson's next solo effort "Off The Wall," with the help of songwriters Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and other hitmakers. It yielded four Top 40 hits: "Rock With You," "Off The Wall," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "She's Out Of My Life."