An unreleased Michael Jackson album based on the work of Scottish poet Robert Burns has surfaced.
The collection, which sees the Scotland Bard’s poems transformed into show tunes, was first revealed four years ago by former I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star David Gest but it never saw the light of day.
The songs were originally intended to be part of a musical, directed by Gene Kelly and produced by actor Anthony Perkins, but the death of both men meant it was never staged. Now, Gest claims he handed the unreleased album over to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire during a recent visit to Scotland. He told BBC Alba:
We went to his recording studio at the [Jackson] family house in Encino, where all the Jacksons grew up and we took about eight or 10 of Burns’s poems and we put them to contemporary music, things like ‘A Red, Red Rose’ and ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and the story of ‘Tam O’Shanter’.
A spokesman for the National Trust for Scotland, which runs the Ayrshire museum, confirmed Gest recently visited the museum, adding: “We understand there was some discussion about the donation of some musical materials. If it goes ahead it will be an exciting addition.”