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April 30, 2021

Michael Jackson Dressed as His Idol Charlie Chaplin in London, 1979

Michael Jackson always admired Charlie Chaplin as he many times said that he was one of his inspirations. We can definitely see moves on his dancing and his moving.

In 1979, whilst in the UK, Michael dressed up as Chaplin for a photoshoot in the road where Chaplin once lived. Michael was taken to a local shop to buy the outfit and the famous black and white photos were taken by British photographer Tony Prime.


Four years later in 1983, Michael donned a Charlie Chaplin outfit and had more photos taken. At the time, Michael said: “This is in memory of a great man who has touched the hearts of the world with his art of making people laugh and cry. You will always be in my heart. I love you, Charlie Chaplin.”

Michael most famous association with the silent star though, came in 1995 when he recorded Chaplin’s classic song “Smile” for the HIStory album. It was originally planned to also be released as the final single from the album, but was sadly canceled days before its release date, due to issues with making the short film. Only a few copies of the single were produced, and as a result it has become one of the rarest of Michael Jackson memorabilia, with copies selling for large amounts of money online.
















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