John McClain

John McClain

Profile:
Music executive associated with A&M Records, Interscope Records, and DreamWorks Records, and the artists Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, and Jermaine Jackson, among others.

John McClain's career started at age 16, when he became the musical director for The Sylvers, having learned Berry Gordy's formula for artist development from McClain's classmate in high school, Jermaine Jackson. Much of his career was as an A&R man, first for A&M Records, where he helped launch Janet Jackson's career. In 1990, he joined Interscope, where his successes include signing Gerardo and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch, and forging a distribution deal with Suge Knight & Dr. Dre's Death Row Records (2). In 2000, he joined Dreamworks Records, where he is now Senior VP. In 2009, McClain and lawyer John Branca became the executors of Michael Jackson's estate, having been named in Jackson's 2002 will, the legitimacy of which is questioned by some members of the Jackson family.
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Artist

John McClain Discography Tracks

Remix

Level 42 Level 42 - Micro-Kid Liberation Records Australia 1983 Sell This Version
SP-12092 Howard Johnson Howard Johnson - Let This Dream Be Real(12") A&M Records SP-12092 US 1983 Sell This Version
Janet Jackson Janet Jackson - Don't Stand Another Chance (Maxi) A&M Records Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
Howard Johnson Howard Johnson - Stand Up (Specially Remixed Version) A&M Records US 1985 Sell This Version
AMY 282 Howard Johnson Stand Up (Specially Remixed Version) Howard Johnson - Knees(12") A&M Records AMY 282 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SP-12300 Janet Jackson Don't Stand Another Chance (Specially Remixed Version) Janet Jackson - The Pleasure Principle / Don't Stand Another Chance(12", Ltd, RE) A&M Records SP-12300 US 1989 Sell This Version
none Level 42 Micro-Kid (Dub Version) and 1 more… Level 42 - Unreached Levels(4xCDr, Comp, Unofficial) Not On Label (Level 42) none Benelux 1998 Sell This Version

Vocals

Janet Jackson Black Cat and 1 more… Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (Album) A&M Records, JDJ Entertainment, A&M Records, JDJ Entertainment, A&M Records, JDJ Entertainment US 1989 Sell This Version
Janet Jackson Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation (Single, Maxi) A&M Records, A&M Records Japan 1989 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

The Sylvers The Sylvers - New Horizons (Album) Capitol Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Keni Burke From Me To You and 3 more… Keni Burke - Keni Burke (Album) Dark Horse Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Switch (6) - Switch II (Album) Motown Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
Greg Phillinganes Baby I Do Love You Greg Phillinganes - Significant Gains (Album) Planet Records (5) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Shalamar No Limits (The Now Club) and 2 more… Shalamar - The Look (Album) Solar, Solar Venezuela 1983 Sell This Version
The Sylvers Boomerang The Sylvers - Bizarre (Album) Geffen Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Lushus Daim & The Pretty Vain Lushus Daim & The Pretty Vain - More Than You Can Handle (Album) Motown, Conceited Records Europe 1985 Sell This Version
Janet Jackson Black Cat Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (Album) A&M Records, JDJ Entertainment, A&M Records, JDJ Entertainment, A&M Records, JDJ Entertainment US 1989 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

The Sylvers Another Day To Love (as J. McClain) The Sylvers - New Horizons (Album) Capitol Records US 1977 Sell This Version
The Sylvers Another Day To Love (as J. McClain) The Sylvers - Best Of The Sylvers (Comp) Capitol Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Greg Phillinganes Forever Now and 1 more… Greg Phillinganes - Significant Gains (Album) Planet Records (5) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Greg Phillinganes Greg Phillinganes - Baby, I Do Love You Planet Records (5) US 1981 Sell This Version
Lionel Richie Serves You Right Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie (Album) Motown, Motown Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Jermaine Jackson This Time Jermaine Jackson - Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (Album) Motown US 1982 Sell This Version
Lionel Richie Serves You Right Lionel Richie - Running With The Night (Maxi, Single) Motown US 1983 Sell This Version
SPBO-60125 Lionel Richie Serves You Right (as J. McClain) Lionel Richie - Hello = ¡Hola!(7") Motown SPBO-60125 Spain 1984 Sell This Version

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HowieP

HowieP

February 16, 2012
John McClain has been a part of the Jackson family since the early J5 days according to Jermaine, long before he became co. executive of Michael's estate.