"The Simpsons" Stark Raving Dad (TV Episode 1991) Poster

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This episode was produced for the second season but did not air until the third season.
Michael Jackson called Matt Groening and requested to voice a character on the show. He was a big fan of Bart and promised to write a number one song for him. The song he wrote, "Do the Bartman", reached number one in many European countries in 1991.
A sequel episode was written in which Leon Kompowsky would be voiced by Prince, who was Michael Jackson's musical rival at the time. But Prince disliked the script backed out and the episode was not produced.
This was the second time that a major celebrity guest appeared on the series. The first was Dustin Hoffman who appeared in "Lisa's Substitute" credited as "Sam Etic". Following Jackson's use of a pseudonym, the producers no longer allowed celebrities to use fake names.
In the original script, Homer takes Barney to rehab and ends up being committed instead. James L. Brooks came up with the idea of Homer being committed for wearing a pink shirt.
Fox re-aired this episode on July 5, 2009 to honor Michael Jackson who died on June 25.
Michael Jackson performed the speaking voice of Leon Kompowsky under the pseudonym John Jay Smith. Although he was able to lend his voice to the speaking parts of a character, the record company would not allow him to sing. As an alternative Jackson entrusted Kipp Lennon, a founding member of the folk band, Venice, with the job of the singing parts of the character. Lennon has contributed to several episodes of the series.
Matt Groening has confirmed that Michael Jackson did provide the voice (under the name John Jay Smith) for Leon Kompowsky. He did not do any singing which was done by an impersonator. Jackson wanted an impersonator to sing because he wanted to fool his brothers into thinking the impersonator was him. Jackson did record himself singing but the tracks were not used.

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