Jackson had stated in interviews with the music press in the 1970s that he …
read more Sir James Paul Mc Cartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942), born in Liverpool, UK, is the most successful songwriter in the history of popular music.
Jackson covered the song the next year on his 1979 album Off the Wall, and in 1980 it was released (in the UK only) as the 5th and final single of that album.
Mc Cartney thought of "Girlfriend" as a song that Michael Jackson might like to record, and mentioned this to Jackson at a party in Hollywood.
This gave way for Mc Cartney to marry his second wife; Heather Mills, an anti-landmine campaigner and former model.