A HOUSE which once belonged to a member of the Jackson family is for sale in Sussex.

The Blame It On The Boogie singer’s former home in Rottingdean will go under the hammer on September 11.

But it might not be the Jackson people expect.

Michael “Mick” Jackson is an English singer-songwriter whose hit song was covered by the Jacksons as he was in the process of releasing it.

In an interview, Mick told music website Disco-Disco: “What happened was The Jacksons’ manager heard the track being played at the Midem Music Festival in 1978 and took a tape recording of it.

“He flew back to the States and The Jacksons quickly recorded a version so it would be out before mine.

“As it happened we both launched within days.”

Mick Jackson’s version of the song peaked at number 61on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1978 while The Jacksons’ version steered the group to number 54.

At the time, the press dubbed the competition between the duelling pop stars and several other songs released at the time with boogie in the title as the “Battle of the Boogie”.

Radio One opted to play the Jacksons’ version while Capital Radio preferred to give Mick’s original more air-time.

Now the hitmaker’s four-storey former home will be sold to the highest bidder by Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers at the company’s Sussex and Surrey regional sale in Brighton.

The property, at 32-34 High Street, Rottingdean, just off the A259 Coast Road, has a freehold guide price of £390,000 to £410,000.

Auctioneer Richard Payne said: “The seller advises that the property was purchased from Mick Jackson and has continued to be used successfully as a studio. We understand from the seller that two of the ground floor rooms have been soundproofed and have recently been used as recording studios. There is potential for commercial usage, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable.”