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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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Ashley    

The big MJ fans have known this for years, but it's a cute story for those who didn't know yet, thanks TMZ :)
However, an extra tidbit for you is if you look it up on youtube, there is a version of the song that Michael sang himself. You can tell the difference because the production quality is much better. It sounds like a real drum machine rather than bongos.

1146 days ago
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Joanne    

Michael or not it changes anything stupid

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