“Back To The Boogie” shares Vincent Price “Thriller” Tidbits
Our radio show, yesterday, began with a clip of Vincent Price with one of his two takes of his “rap or rhyme” for Michael Jackson’s Thriller. To commemorate the anniversary of Vincent Price death (10/25/93), some of Thriller’s Voice Over Segment.
The original name of “Thriller” was “Starlight” but once they decided the theme of the video was horror it became Thriller. Songwriter Rod Temperton wanted a voice from the horror genre to read a poem during the song. Vincent Price appeared in more than 90 horror films. Peggy Lipton, actress who was married to Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson’s producer) knew Vince Price and suggested him.
Once Vincent Price was booked, Temperton wrote the rhyme in the taxi on the way to the studio. Price recorded his portion in only two takes. Thriller video help create the video rental business. The Library of Congress inducted and chose to preserve it in the National Film Registry in 2009. To this day, the only music video ever. https://youtu.be/bfREGjSHD1g