Australian charts: 1973
“Ben” is a song written by Don Black and Walter Scharf for the 1972 film of the same name (the sequel to the 1971 killer rat film Willard). It was performed in the film by Lee Montgomery and by Michael Jackson over the closing credits. Jackson’s single, recorded for the Motown label in 1972, spent one week at the top of the US pop chart. It also reached number 1 on the Australian pop chart, spending eight weeks at the top spot.
In the movie, Ben, a young boy befriends the rat, but the rat turns evil and recruits other rats to attack humans. Despite being about a rat, the lyrics are touching and sentimental, and make no reference to rodents. This made it a sturdy song about friendship.
Ben hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in January 1973.
This song is also on our Spotify playlist.
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