Written and composed Michael (and produced by The Jacksons), the song would precede Jackson’s own hit, “Billie Jean”, in its insecurity-plagued tale of confusion. While his brothers did not sing background vocals, they were credited with playing percussion on the album while brother Tito contributed a guitar solo.
The song reached number twenty-two on the Billboard pop singles chart and number two on the R&B singles chart when it was released and became the group’s second biggest single off their Triumph album, behind “Can You Feel It.” The song, in turn, became a popular concert performance for the group’s next two tours right into Michael’s own Bad tour.
The song, like the aforementioned “Can You Feel It,” has become one of the oft-sampled songs in hip-hop.
The song’s title was changed because of the 1956 Elvis Presley hit, “Heartbreak Hotel”.
The song was performed on the Jacksons’ Triumph Tour (thus appears on the Jacksons’ subsequent live album) and was subsequently used on the Jacksons’ Victory Tour. When Michael Jackson first toured as a solo act, “This Place Hotel” was the only Jacksons song to be used in both legs of the Bad World Tour, whereas the other songs by the group (with the exception of a medley of early Jackson 5 hits) were retired during the second leg. A spoken word and synth recording preceded the song on the first leg of the Bad tour, but for the second leg of the tour (and on the subsequent Dangerous World Tour ) that recording was used as an intro to Jackson’s hit “Smooth Criminal” instead.
The song was included on Michael Jackson’s The Ultimate Collection.
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