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‘Beat It’ Stays At Number One For Three Weeks On The US Singles Chart. 30-04-'83

Beat It Single Cover‘Beat it’ was known best for its thumping beats and Michael’s groovy dance moves. However, on this day in music, his track started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles and solo chart. Here’s a little more information about the track.

The track was originally written and performed by Michael himself and produced by Quincy Jones. It is the third single from the singer’s sixth solo album, 'Thriller'. Eddie Van Halen played the song’s distinctive overdriven guitar solo, but was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video. He did appear on stage with Jackson in Dallas during the Jackson brothers “Victory Tour.” Following the successful chart performances of the 'Thriller' singles 'The Girl Is Mine' and 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It' was released on the 3rd of February in 1983 as the album’s third single.

The song was also promoted with a short film that featured Jackson bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. It is one of the artist’s most recognizable tracks.

Because the track is such a great sound, it received the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, and not to forget, two American Music Awards. It was later inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. 'Beat It' (along with the song’s music video) propelled 'Thriller' into becoming the best-selling album of all time. The single was certified platinum in the United States in 1989. Rolling Stone placed 'Beat It' on the 344th spot of its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” 'Beat It' was also ranked number 81 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.”

Source: MTV India / Billie Jean


Michael Performs At A Fund-Raiser At "Apollo Theater" In Harlem, New York. 24-04-'02

Michael Jackson lit up the stage at Harlem’s "Apollo Theatre" in Harlem, New York for the "Democratic National Committee", to launch a campaign aimed at persuading United States citizens to register and where nearly 3 million dollars are collected for the voting registration.

Jackson performs 'Dangerous', 'Black Or White' and 'Heal The World' (joined by Diana Ross) at the said event called "A Night At The Apollo", the superstar sharing the stage with former president Bill Clinton and singers Tony Bennett and K. D. Lang.The money would be used for the then new "Every Vote Counts" campaign, the committee said. The 1'400 audience members paid up to 5,000 dollars each to see the array of stars.

Jackson’s performance from the event is one of the most sought after in the fan community due to it’s rarity.

For many years there has been only one video available – a short clip showcasing a portion of Jackson’s performance of 'Dangerous'.

A Night At The Apollo (24-04-2002)
Michael Jackson performed 'Dangerous' at the 50th Anniversary of 'American Bandstand' in Pasadena, California.

Source: Billie Jean


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