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'Simpsons' Bombshell -- The TRUTH About MJ Song!!!

6/27/2011 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson hand-picked an MJ voice impersonator to sing the famous "Happy Birthday Lisa" song featured on "The Simpsons" back in 1991 ... this according to Lisa herself, Yeardley Smith.


Smith was outside the Red O restaurant in L.A. this weekend, when she explained, "[Michael] was not allowed to sing on the show, so he literally hand-picked a guy to sing like him."

During the famous episode, "Stark Raving Dad," Michael provided the voice to a mental patient who thought he was MJ ... but according to reports, Jackson's record label blocked MJ from singing the Lisa birthday song.

MJ ultimately selected a man named Kipp Lennon -- and Yeardley explains, "How unnerving would it be to sing like Michael Jackson in front of Michael Jackson?"

0627_lisa_launch2We called Kipp to find out -- so far, no response. 

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46.

Bu    

Kipp Lennon from the band "Venice" was picked by MJ to sing his songs. Kipp is on tour with Roger Waters "The Wall" tour right now.

1177 days ago
47.

Desh    

lol TMZ your many many years late on this news...who doesn't know thats not MJ? Anybody with ears can say thats not MJ! This is the actual MJ version -

http://youtu.be/pPz1YIcwQCs

1177 days ago
48.

debix    

FFS tmz, only took 20 years..
gg

1177 days ago
49.

some guy    

Wow... so MJ fans are fans cuz of his music, right?

1177 days ago
50.

some guy    

I meant Michael Jackson, not the other MJ.

1177 days ago
51.

Lori    

my boyfriend always teases me with this song b/c my sisters name is lisa and he is just being dumb! he loves the simpsons tho! michael uses an anagram so we were not sure if it really was michael, but i assured it, it had to be! so funny

1177 days ago
52.

some guy    

i liked the simpsons too. when they were funny.

1177 days ago
53.

some guy    

Anyone know the expiration date on cash cows?

1177 days ago
54.

gramercy808    

The "truth" - ten years after anyone gives a ---- - thanks.

1177 days ago
55.

Emma    

Old news. Yes it was Kipp Lennon that sang the song for TV, we've known that story for years, it's no bombshell. A demo of the song with just MJ singing surfaced years ago too.

1177 days ago
56.

sydney music    

Kip is a great singer. Can do soundalikes for almost anyone. He is out on the road doing Roger Water's The Wall. This isn't news.

1177 days ago
57.

Sym    

You consider this a bombshell? People have known for years that the dude was Kipp Lennon. Plus, you couldnt already tell it wasnt MJ?

1177 days ago
58.

Mark Lennon    

i'm kipp lennon's cousin mark and i got to go with him to this recording session.
michael wasn't there but I got to meet & hang w/nancy/"BART SIMPSON"...ha ha!
nancy/BART even did a voice message for kipp's home phone..."hi this is bart simpson, who the hell are you? leave a message for kipp, mike, marty or scott. later dudes!"
no one believed it was really bart...they'd say, "great one kipp...call me back."

1177 days ago
59.

Jude    

The original cartoon play was indeed sung by Kipp Lennon. No breaking news for that !

BUT, there is another play sung by Mr Michael Jackson and all his fans are listening to it.

So, none of the two are FAKE!

The only FAKE are you, TMZ stuff and we are waiting for some appologies from your apart ! Well, who's first?

1177 days ago
60.

TruthWillPrevail    

Hey guys. ONLY in the cartoon is not MJ's voice. But Michael recorded a version with HIS voice.
the proof:
cartoon version: youtube.com/watch?v=alTfC-L2W1c
original MJ version: youtube.com/watch?v=pPz1YIcwQCs

1177 days ago
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