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Samuel JacksonMichael Jackson's Grandfather Dies In Nursing Home. 31-10-'93

Samuel Jackson, grandfather of wealthy pop superstar Michael Jackson, died in a nursing home in a poor section of the city. He was 100.

Jackson died on Sunday October 31st, said Harvey Pelovsky, administrator of Tanner Chapel Manor Nursing Home. The cause of death was not released.

Jackson was the father of Joe Jackson, head of the musical clan that includes Janet, LaToya and the brothers who made up the Jackson 5.

Pelovsky said privacy laws and the family's wishes prevented him from disclosing anything about Samuel Jackson or his finances. He also refused to let a reporter talk to residents.

The nursing home is a 25-year-old facility run by a church in a poor section of south Phoenix. The beige brick buildings sit across the street from older, run-down homes, many peppered with graffiti.

In 1987, a tabloid newspaper claimed Samuel Jackson was living on welfare in a run-down part of Phoenix despite his family's riches. Michael Jackson was described in August by Forbes magazine as one of the world's richest entertainers, with a net worth of more than $150 million.

Pelovsky said the county pays for care for many of the residents, but he refused to say if Jackson was one of them. Lee Solters, the singer's Los Angeles publicist, declined to comment on the relationship between Jackson and his grandfather.

Michael Jackson had tooth surgery Monday and postponed a concert scheduled for Tuesday night in Mexico City until next week because of the tooth ailment, said Televisa, a network that sponsored the concert.

John McLaughlin, a Jackson family spokesman in Los Angeles, said that since the pop singer was on tour, he was unlikely to attend services for his grandfather. He said it hadn't been decided when or where the funeral would be.

A former administrator of the home, Grace Evans, said Jackson received regular visits from a daughter, Lulu Hawkins, also of Phoenix.

Source: AP News / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Trip To Mumbai. 30-10-'96

Michael Jackson performed once in India, where his music has always been popular and continues to be a staple at house parties in its cities.

In 1996, on 30 October, the music legend arrived in Mumbai to perform at a charity concert organized by ‘Shiv Udyog Sena’, an arm of the Shiv Sena, to help create jobs for over 2.7 lakh people in Maharashtra. He was greeted at the airport by actor Sonali Bendre, clad in true Marathi style, along with Raj Thackeray and Sharmila Thackeray with several other politicians, and his entry was captured in this Associated Press video amidst the thunder of beating drums and dholaks, and whistles.

Even as the crowds go wild, with stern admonishing from cops, Jackson can be seen being warmly welcomed with giant garlands and a scarf. A few minutes later, the video also captures the singer smiling and delightedly clapping his hands at the drum beaters outside the airport.

Michael arrived in Mumbai (30-10-1996)
Michael Jackson arrived in Mumbai to perform at a charity concert organized by ‘Shiv Udyog Sena’, an arm of the Shiv Sena, to help create jobs for over 2.7 lakh people in Maharashtra.

On arriving in Mumbai, Michael stopped his driver and spent 20 minutes talking to children playing at the crowded slums. He also entertained them a few minutes before proceeding into Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s residence. He also waived his fee for the performance, and proceeded to donate money to a local charity to help educate the children residing in the slums.

The next day (November 1) Michael performs his concert for 60,000 people at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai, India.

Source: Huffington Post / Billie Jean


Invincible (Silver Cover) CD Album CoverWorldwide Release Of Michael's Album 'Invincible'. 29-10-'01

Michael Jackson’s first studio album in six years, 'Invincible' had officially been released [US release date: October 30].

Michael Jackson has been “Bad”. He’s also been quite “Dangerous”. But now, six years after his last studio album, the Gloved One is hoping to prove he’s "Invincible". The disc executive produced by Jackson with the help of a bevy of hot producers and writers is aimed at planting the superstar back on top after several years of speculation that his career was on the decline.

The cover art of this album was a simple design of just Michael's face. It was available in four limited edition colors (red, yellow, green and blue), which were sold additionally to the standard silver colour version. Without a shadow of a doubt the best album of the last six years!!!

'Invincible', the most recent release from Epic Records Group superstar Michael Jackson, had claimed the #1 spot on charts in countries around the world including The U.S., The U.K., Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

Featuring tracks like 'You Rock My World' (the first single) and 'Speechless', 'Invincible' features the hit-making handiwork of producers Rodney Jerkins and Teddy Riley, among others.

In 2002, Jackson announced that 'Invincible' would be his last studio album with Epic Records.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Makes A Guest Appearance At The ‘Carousel Of Hope Ball’ In Beverly Hills, California. 28-10-'00

Michael makes a guest appearance at the ‘Carousel of Hope Ball’ in Beverly Hills, California. Michael received a warm reception as he accompanied Dame Elizabeth Taylor to the world’s premier charity event, benefiting childhood diabetics research.

The ‘Carousel of Hope’ Ball raised more than 6 million dollars benefiting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Marvin and Barbara Davis, founder of the ‘Carousel of Hope’ evening of charity fund-raising, hosted the mentioned lavish lunch for the out-of-town guests, plus participants in the fundraiser.

Among those who stopped by to hug Michael was Berry Gordy Jr., Susanne de Passe, as well as Shirley MacLaine, Carrie Fisher, Joan Collins, David Foster, Toni Braxton, Sidney Poitier, Gregory Peck, Neil Diamond, Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Pierce Brosnan, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sylvester Stallone, and Charlotte Church, to name but a few.

Barbara Davis had also told Michael “Ricky wants to meet you.” At the end of the event, Michael appeared on stage and congratulated Ricky Martin on his live performance before taking the applause from the crowd. He was also one of the 50 celebrities who had painted a plate previously to be auctioned for the charity.

Carousel of Hope Charity Gala (28-10-2000)
Michael Jackson attended the 'Carousel Of Hope' Charity Gala at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel (California, USA) in company of his friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


'What More Can I Give' Of Michael Jackson Is Made Available As A Download On The Internet. 27-10-'03

What More Can I Give Single CoverThe edited version of the single, 'What More Can I Give', featuring a host of other artists, is released via the official Music for Giving website as a $2 download to support charity projects. The charities that received donations when 'What More Can I Give' was donated were “Oneness”, “Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation” and “The International Child Art Foundation”. It was due to certain legal delays and misunderstandings that the charity anthem, (also previously devoted to the Kosovo victims and intended to be performed with late Luciano Pavarotti in 1999), was redirected – via Internet pay – to providing financial aid to the September 11th, 2001 victims in New York.

Michael Jackson premiered the short film for his latest charity single titled, 'What More Can I Give' at Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The short film was first premiered to a small Clear Channel audience. Clear Channel is a collection of media and entertainment companies. Michael thanked the disc jockeys, producers, and radio in general and stated that he did not think that they get enough credit. He went on to say that they help artists get their music out and he wouldn’t be here without their support. During the video premiere, Michael sat on the floor and watched with the audience. He invited the children in the audience to sit with him.

Immediately following, Michael went next door where the short film premiered again for a larger audience of radio stations. Again, he sat on the floor for the premiere. He thanked everyone and was extremely personable. Michael said that he feels his music is channeled from God; he sings it, but it’s the radio that gets it out. He expressed his appreciation again for the continued support of his work.

Following the premiere of the short film Michael went back to the Art of Music store and did another signing. Some fans were able to get in and get tee shirts, and other memorabilia signed. He also made sure to greet the fans that were standing outside of the store.

In regards to this charity single, Michael simply stated, “Let’s make this happen!”

In the evening, Michael Jackson premieres the short film for 'What More Can I Give' in the conference area at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At the Radio Music Awards, Michael accepts the first ever Humanitarian Award from Beyoncé.

Beyoncé Knowles introduced Michael, taking the stage with a smile she began, “I am honored to be here tonight to introduce a music Icon. As a little girl, groovin’ to his music, I like millions around the world, tried to mimic his unique and thrilling singing and dancing. He’s still doing it! But today what I am trying to mimic is his passion for helping others. It is an example for all of us. He believes we can really change the world and he’s doing it. He still remains the biggest selling recording artist in the history of music. *begin applause and screams* The king of pop! Ladies and gentlemen please welcome artist and humanitarian, Michael Jackson!” (You Rock My World' plays in the background)

Michael enters wearing a black satin shirt & velvet pants with two belts, One silver and the other one silver and sparkly with matching sparkly shin guards and boots. *the crowd is standing, yelling, clapping* Michael embraces Beyoncé and moves center stage. Smiling the entire time, *cut to enthusiastic crowd, applauding vigorously* Michael bows graciously and laughs.

On accepting the Award, he draws focus to 'What More Can I Give', the sequel of the 1985 high-grossing charitable single, 'We Are The World', and remembers the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York which, apart from their tragic aftermath, also “brought us together and finally brought this Are The World” was a project we did to help feed people around the Globe, who were starving project together”; afterwards, Michael Jackson presents a short film showcasing the highlights of the charitable song’s recording.

Radio Music Awards (27-10-2003)
Michael Jackson receives from Beyoncé the first ever Radio Music Awards Humanitarian Award at the Radio Music Awards at Aladdin Hotel and Casino, at Las Vegas.

“We and at risk. As you know, it was a huge success 'We Are The World'. This time, the time is come for the sequel to 'We Are The World', to express our feelings, inspires, hope and lift those who need it most. It has been two years – a very long time – but with over one hundred people participating and donating their perecords, this project together finally has arrived. It couldn’t have happened without you all. The incredible talented artists who participated in creating this song that I just wrote.

Two years ago, we survived a the Humanitarian Award by singer Beyoncé, for which he adds a brief “thank you” speech terrorist attack that forever changed not only our country, but the entire world. We will never forget that that terrible tragedy brought us together and finally brought this project together. Producing this song was a miracle in itself. Here is a video showing some of the highlights of the moving collaboration, and tonight, you will experience it here first.

Thank you to Radio Music Awards for giving us this opportunity to bring it to the world. I hope, once again, we can set out on a mission to lead the world in a path of harmony, by asking ourselves every day: 'What More Can I Give' [the footage of the song recordings are displayed]; Jackson is given.”

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Receive The Keys Of The City From Mayor Goodman And Promote 'What More Can I Give'.
25-10-'03

Michael Jackson is awarded the Key to the City of Las Vegas, Nevada by the Mayor Goodman at Art Of Music Store. He promote 'What More Can I Give'.

Over three hundred fans were on hand to see Mayor Oscar Goodman present Michael Jackson with the key to the city of Las Vegas in a ceremony held at the Art Of Music Store at the Desert Passage Mall in Vegas.

In true Michael style, the King of Pop arrived close to an hour late, accompanied by his friend Mark Lester & manager Dieter Wiesner. The ceremony began about an hour later than the original 3:00 time with the King Of Pop being introduced by one of the leading tribute artists, E'Cassanova.

Michael spoke briefly, thanking the Mayor and the audience, telling the fans that “I love you more.” He then walked through the crowd, greeting the fans and signing autographs. Michael definitely looked ‘Bad,’ wearing silver boots, black pants, red beaded applique shirt and double belts along with the traditional sunglasses!

The presentation was under way as E’Cassanova said a few words to Michael´s adoring fans! One of the keynote statements E’Cassanova made to the screaming crowd was “Michael Jackson fans don’t die, we multiply!” He then introduced The Mayor Goodman who then presented Michael Jackson with the Key to the city. Michael made a brief speech by thanking the fans for their support. Michael also collected various signs and banners from the fans.

Key To The City of Las Vegas (25-10-2003)
Michael Jackson is in Las Vegas to receive he Key To The City from Mayor Goodman by the afternoon ceremony at the 'Art of Music' Store at the Desert Passage Mall, Las Vegas.

But after the ceremonies, and away from the crowd, Mayor Goodman told MJ how much he believes in him. He told MJ that he was so proud that Michael would come to the city, and be accessible to the public. He went on to say that MJ is one of the greatest people in the world, and he was going to make it his business to tell everybody how special MJ was. And would you believe it… he then begged MJ for tickets (for his daughter) to the RMA's.

Michael Jackson returned to the Art of Music store Saturday evening to be present at a special sale of his memorabilia. The holders of pre-purchased passes were given the opportunity to buy items and have them signed by Michael. Dennis Rodman was among those present at the event.

The wide, clear glass windows afforded fans a great view of the goings – on inside. Typical of his good heart, however, Michael did not abandon the fans who gathered to see him. He stepped outside twice to meet and greet fans and sign autographs.

Michael was in wonderful spirits and was excited to meet with the fans once again. Tee shirts were also given out to the fans, featuring the RMA award logo on the front and the 'What More Can I Give' art on the back.

Source: Billie Jean


'The Girl Is Mine' Released As The First Single Off The 'Thriller' Album. 25-10-'82

The Girl Is Mine (Michael Jackson And Paul McCartney) Single CoverThe song hit #1 on the R&B singles chart and #2 on the Hot 100 in U.S, and #8 in the UK.

The writing of 'The Girl Is Mine' was completed by Michael as he watched cartoons with Paul McCartney:

“It started with Quincy Jones asking me to write a song about two guys quarreling over the same girl, and I thought about it and I came up with 'The Girl Is Mine'."

“I woke up from my sleep and I had this song,” said Michael, explaining his inspiration for writing the song, “and I went over to the tape recorder and I sang it into the tape recorder, and I sang exactly what I heard in my head, starting with the melody and the keyboard and the strings and everything. So I just orally put it on tape."

The rap in the song, Michael explained, was Quincy Jones’s idea. Asked about his other songs, and if any of them were similar to 'The Girl Is Mine', Michael replied, “Oh, yes, lots of other songs… they are mainly the same chords that I use in so many… 'That’s What You Get (For Being Polite)' is one. Others would be 'Why Can’t I Be, Thank You For Life' – all have the same main, the same type of chords as 'The Girl Is Mine'. To prove his point, Michael sang 'The Girl Is Mine' to an instrumental version of 'That’s What You Get (For Being Polite)'.

McCartney spent three days at Westlake Studios, Los Angeles, working on the song with Michael from 14th-16th April 1982 – the year after the pair first worked on 'Say Say Say' and 'The Man', although it was the first Jackson/McCartney duet to gain a release. The single’s cover photograph was taken by McCartney’s wife, Linda.

Michael is on record as saying the duet is one of his most enjoyable recording moments: “One of my favourite songs to record, of all my recordings as a solo artist, is probably 'The Girl Is Mine', because working with Paul McCartney was pretty exciting and we just literally had fun… it was like lots of kibitzing and playing and throwing stuff at each other and making jokes… and we actually recorded the track and the vocals pretty much live at the same time, and we do have footage of it, but it’s never been shown – maybe one day we’ll give you a sneak preview of it."

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Toured The Motown Museum And Donated $ 125,000 In 1988. 23-10-'88

"Hitsville U.S.A." is the nickname given to Motown’s first headquarters. A former photographers’ studio located at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan approaching the New Center area, it was purchased by Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1959.

It was converted into both the record label’s administrative building and recording studio, which was open 22 hours a day (closing from 8 to 10 AM for maintenance). Following mainstream success in the late 1960's and early 1970's, in 1972 Gordy moved the label to Los Angeles and established the Hitsville West studio there, as a part of his main focus on not only music production, but also television and film production.

Motown Museum
Motown Museum – Hitsville U.S.A. is the original birthplace of the Motown Sound where many of your favorite hit songs where recorded.

The original Hitsville studios, which had produced a long string of worldwide hits, is now the Motown Historical Museum. The following year, he reorganized the company into Motown Industries, an entertainment conglomerate that would include record, movie, television and publishing divisions. Many Motown fans believed the company’s heart and soul were lost following the move and that its golden age of creativity ended after its 13 years in Detroit. Because Esther Gordy Edwards refused to move to California, she was put in charge of what was left of Motown’s Detroit office in the Hitsville building.

Motown Museum Black Fedora and Glove
Michael's black fedora and sequined glove are on display at the Motown Historical Museum at Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit.

Edwards received several requests for the Hitsville building to receive visitors. She and her secretary put up posters an gold records. She also carefully preserved Studio A. Since 1985, The Hitsville U.S.A. building has been the site of the Motown Museum, dedicated to the legacy of the record label, its artists, and its music.

On October 23, 1988 – Michael Jackson donated a personal black Fedora hat and white studded right-hand glove, along with $125,000, the net proceeds of the first show of his Bad World Tour on October 24 in The Palace of Auburn Hills, to the Motown Museum. Now headed by Edwards’ granddaughter Robin Terry.

Three of the original homes are currently in use by the Motown Museum- the Hitsville U.S.A. and the Jobete Office being connected for the exhibit which contains costumes, photos, and records from Motown’s success era. Also featured are Motown’s “Studio A” and Berry Gordy’s upstairs apartment, decorated to appear as they did during the 1960's. The Finance Department is currently an administrative office. West Grand Boulevard is named “Berry Gordy, Jr. Boulevard” in the area where the Motown Historical Museum is located. The museum is one of Detroit’s most popular tourist destinations.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Participates At A TV Concert For The Victims Of September 11. 21-10-'01

Michael took over the stage again at the 'United We Stand – What More Can I Give' concert, a benefit concert organized by the artist and staged at the RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. at 1:00 p.m. in front of a sold-out audience of over 46,000 people.

Before the final all-star performance from the 'United We Stand: What More Can I Give' tribute concert organized by Michael Jackson and held on October 21, 2001 in New York, in benefit of the victims of the 9/11, the artist takes the audience 'to church' when he makes an emotional speech in front of the audience.

The half day long music and entertainment festival featured performances by many of the world's leading entertainers, ranged from classics including Janet Jackson, James Brown, Al Green, Carole King, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, America, Aerosmith, and Huey Lewis to modern-day contemporaries of the time including Destiny's Child, P. Diddy, the Goo Goo Dolls, Train, the Backstreet Boys, Usher, Mariah Carey, Pink, and 'N Sync. Each performer did a brief set usually amounting to about five songs apiece. The concert opened in the early afternoon with the National Anthem performed by the Backstreet Boys and lasted well into the night.

Michael Jackson performs alongside a host of other artists his relief songs 'We Are The World', 'Man In The Mirror' and 'What More Can I Give' at 'United We Stand: What More Can I Give', and collecting $15 million for the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York City, N.Y.

United We Stand (21-10-2001)
Michael - joined onstage by the other artists - sang his new song written for the attack victims, 'What More Can I Give' with all the artists of the night (including Usher & Mariah Carey) Prince, Paris, Macauley Culkin, the Cascios & Marc Shaffel attend the concert backstage.

Michael dedicated the song to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack and their families, saying: ‘You are not alone. You are in our hearts, you are in our thoughts, and you are in our prayers.’

The benefit gig was the third major concert in tribute to the 9/11 attacks. The other two were held in New York City. During the telecast of this show on ABC, there was no mention of Michael's name and he was always filmed with the rest of the singers in the background; this was because Jackson signed a contract with CBS over the 30th Anniversary Special (from September 10) to not appear under his name in any other program. Michael recorded the all-star tribute that year, which included stars such as Ricky Martin, Destiny's Child, Shakira, Celine Dion and Gloria Estefan. But despite the commercial power of such a line-up, Sony Music did not release the song, much the singer’s bewilderment.

'United We Stand: What More Can I Give' raised about $2 million through the sale of more than 46,000 tickets. It was one of three benefit concerts over the weekend. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund, the Salvation Army Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund and Rewards For Justice.

Two hour TV special edited and aired on ABC TV in the U.S. on 1st November.

Source: Billie Jean


Hollywood Palace Special (18-10-1969)The Jackson 5 Made Their US Television Debut In 1969. 18-10-'69

On October 18th in 1969 The Jackson 5 made their U.S. television debut on ABC-TV’s “Hollywood Palace.”

Hollywood Palace was a popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard.

The episode today in 1969 was an important and watershed one for a number of reasons. This was one of the last television appearances of Diana Ross and the Supremes as a group (she went solo about three months later).

But the beauty of this episode is the national debut of the Jackson 5 (not Ed Sullivan-that would air nearly 2 months later on December 5, although a number of references to Sullivan appear in this episode). The brothers (along with keyboardist Ronnie Rancifer and “Cousin” Johnny Jackson on drums) are far rawer and funkier here than in their Sullivan appearance.

A live version of 'I Want You Back' differs sharply from the familiar version (more harmonizing from the brothers on this one). Michael does some dances here that, as Diana puts it, “I would get arrested for doing.” They also jam on James Brown’s 'There Was a Time.'

So in a way, this is a watershed episode of the past (Sammy Davis Jr. in a fit of mock jealousy over young Mike), present Diana and the Supremes, and future Michael and the Jackson 5 of African American entertainment.

Hollywood Palace Theater
Hollywood Palace was a popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard.

Source: LMJ / IMDB / Billie Jean


The Jackson Five's 'Third Album' Yielded Their 4th #1 Single 'I'll Be There'. 17-10-'70

I'll Be There Single CoverIn September 1970, the Jackson 5 had sold over 10 million copies of their third singles 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' and 'The Love You Save', during a period of 9 months. It was a record for a so short period, and with 'I'll Be There', they are the first artists to have produced 4 singles reaching the top of the Billboard!

It was quite a change of pace from the singles that had been previously released. I'll Be There is a touching balled with Michael and Jermaine trading lead vocals. 'I'll Be There' gave the Jackson Five their longest stay at #1, entering the #1 position the week of October 17, 1970 and remaining at the top of the chart for 5 weeks, replacing Neil Diamond's 'Cracklin' Rose'.

It also become their 4th #1 hit on the black singles chart. The Jackson Five became the 1st group ever to have their 1st four singles become #1 hits. 'I'll Be There' became Motown's third biggest single of all time behind Marvin Gaye's 'Heard It Through The Grapevine' and Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' duet, 'Endless Love'.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Sings Backing Vocals On 'Don’t Let A Woman Make A Fool Out Of You' By Joe Carrasco. 16-10-'81

Michael and Joe King Carrasco in the Studio 55 in L.A. (16-10-1981)Michael was standing in the corridor outside Studio 55 in Los Angeles, when Carrasco invited him in to sing backing on 'Don't Let A Woman Make A Fool Out Of You' and Michael readily agreed.

'He (Michael) and his brothers were in the studio next door who mixing down their 'Live' album, said Carrasco, 'and I was just thinking, "Goddammm, here's the best f*** singer in the world, man - I gotta get him on my record"... one day, man, I saw him sitting our in this office, staring into space. I just said, "Hey, Mike, why don't you come sing on my record, man?" And I just kinda made off with him. When his managers got back and found him in the studio with us, they flipped. But the track was done, man - it was too late!'

Song recorded by Joe 'King' Carrasco for his album 'Synapse Gap (Mundo Total)', issued in 1982.

Source: Billie Jean


'Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough' Hit #1 In The US And #3 In The UK. 13-10-'79

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Single CoverMichael Jackson’s disco hit single 'Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough' hit #1 in the US and #3 in the UK on October 13, 1979.

Released under Epic Records on July 28, 1979, the song is the first single from Michael’s fifth solo studio album, entitled 'Off The Wall'. Written by Michael, it is in the key of B Mixolydian and in common time signature. The song was the first solo recording over which Michael had creative control. Michael said that the song’s lyrics were not a reference to sex, but could be about whatever people wanted them to be about.

'Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough' was Michael’s first single to peak at number one on the United States Billboards Hot 100 chart in seven years, and his first number one song on the soul singles chart. It remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. The song charted within the top ten on worldwide charts. Within a few months of release, the song was certified gold, and eventually certified platinum.

'Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough' was generally well received by contemporary music critics. An accompanying music video for the song was released in October 1979. The video shows Michael dancing, as well as being shown in a triplicate, in different color backgrounds.

The song also won Jackson his first solo Grammy and American Music Awards. 'Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enoug'” is considered to be the first song to showcase Michael’s talent as a solo artist, both as a singer and songwriter. Since the song’s release, it has been covered by numerous musicians.

Source: LMJ / Billie Jean


'History: Past, Present And Future Book I' Was Certified 7 Times Platinum In 1999. 12-10-'99

HIStory: Past, Present And Future Book I Album CoverOn October 12 in 1999 Michael Jackson’s album 'HIStory: Past, Present And Future Book I' was certified 7 times Platinum in the United States.

'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' (usually shortened to HIStory) was Michael’s ninth studio album. It was released on July 16, 1995 by Epic Records. This was Michael’s first album on his own label, MJJ Productions. The majority of the album’s tracks were written and produced by Michael himself. HIStory was the first album to be released by Michael since he was accused of child sexual abuse in August 1993. Recorded during late 1994 and early 1995, several of the double album’s 15 songs pertain to the accusations and Michael’s mistreatment in the media, specifically the tabloids. The songs’ themes included environmental awareness, isolation, greed, and injustice.

'HIStory' is Michael’s most controversial album. Michael was accused of using anti-Semitic lyrics in 'They Don’t Care About Us'. Michael stated that he did not mean any offense and on multiple occasions denied anti-Semitism. The dispute regarding the lyrics ended with Michael re-recording them. R. Kelly was accused of plagiarizing one of the album’s songs, 'You Are Not Alone'. In 2007 a judge ruled that the song was plagiarized and the song was subsequently banned from radio stations in Belgium.

Six singles and two promotional singles were released from HIStory: 'Scream', 'You Are Not Alone', 'Earth Song', 'This Time Around', 'They Don’t Care About Us' and 'Stranger in Moscow'. 'This Time Around' was released as a radio-only single, and 'Earth Song', 'They Don’t Care About Us' and 'Stranger in Moscow' were less successful within the United States, but were successful internationally; all three peaked within the top ten in multiple countries. The music videos released to promote the songs have become influential. The first disc ('HIStory Begins') is a compilation album of previous hits by Michael, whereas the second disc ('HIStory Continues') comprises new material.

The album was generally well received by music critics and was also commercially successful, debuting and peaking at number one in many counties, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, as well as charting within the top ten in Spain and Mexico. The album was certified 6 times platinum by the end of 1996 in Europe, making it the best selling album of the year in the combined European market. The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one for Best Music Video – Short Form for 'Scream'. The greatest hits disc of the album was reissued as a single disc on November 13, 2001, under the name 'Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I' and has reportedly sold four million copies worldwide as of early 2010.

Source: LMJ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson visits Harrods (12-10-2005)Michael Takes Prince, Paris & Blanket To Harrods. 12-10-'05

Michael takes Prince, Paris & Blanket to Harrods where they are greeted by owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Michael raced around the posh London store – owned by Mohammed Al Fayed – on Wednesday (Oct 12), and reserved two watches worth £55,000 and £30,000.

His children Prince Michael, eight, Paris, seven and Prince Michael II, three, then descended upon the toy department.

An insider said: "He was only in the store for about 30 minutes. His kids had a fantastic time in the toy department. They fell in love with this gigantic toy Hummer".

"After spending thousands of pounds on gifts for them, including life-size teddy bears, Michael signed autographs for fans."

Michael’s spokesman said: "Last time he came to London he went to Hamleys - but he loves the cuddly toys at Harrods."

Source: Billie Jean


Cable TV network HBO Broadcast Another Version Of The Bucharest Concert. 10-10-'92

Live In BucharestMichael Jackson Live in Bucharest aired and HBO network was rewarded with their highest ever TV ratings in the history (21.4% rating, 34% share). It later received the highest ratings in cable history, in which Jackson was honored with a CableACE Award.

Film rights to the concert originally bought by HBO (Home Box Office), an American cable station, for a reported $20 million – the highest sum ever paid for a pop concert.

The concert was broadcast live on radio and shown on television across 60 countries, too, giving fans unable to attend any of his concerts the chance to see Michael perform.

Concert recorded on October 1st, 1992, in front of 70,000 fans, at Bucharest National Stadium in Bucharest, Romania.

Every detail of the show was, of course, nothing short of mesmerizing. His stage entrance was no exception. Smoke machines hid the stage behind a curtain of smoke and as fireworks suddenly exploded, Michael jumped from beneath the stage amid the sparks and smoke dressed in black, gold and silver. There he stood, absolutely motionless for almost two minutes, as the crowd went wild. He slowly removed his oversized mirrored sunglasses, tossed them aside and began to Jam, and his didn’t stop jamming until two hours later with 'Man In The Mirror'.

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Michael Goes Back To School When He Visits Room 8 At the Gardner Street Elementary School In Hollywood, Los Angeles. 10-10-'89

Michael goes back to school when he visits Room 8 at the Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood, Los Angeles, where he attended sixth grade as a child.

The school dedicate the auditorium in his honour, renaming it ‘The Michael Jackson Auditorium.’ Michael unveils the auditorium and listens to the children performing 'We Are The World.'

Dressed in leather black pants and a red shirt covered in zippers, studs and buckles, and long black fingerless gloves Michael arrived at the school to students’ squeals of “Michael! Michael!” and was guided into the building by police officers.

After several speeches by the school superintendent, PTA representatives, teachers, pupils and parents, Michael’s former 6th grade teacher Laura Gerstin introduced Michael and presented him with a “Michael Jackson Auditorium” plate – commemorative plaque: “It’s an honor to present this plaque to you on behalf of the parents and faculty, past and present, of Gardner School as a token of our respect and our love for you not only as a performer, but as a fine human being.”

Garden Street Elementary School (10-10-1989)
Michael Jackson goes back to school when he visits Room 8 at the Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Michael spoke briefly as always, and has this to say on being honored: “First of all I’d like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Gerstin, Mrs. Rose Fine, she’s another one of my teachers, she’s here also and I’d like to thank her. I am deeply touched and honored that the PTA, principal and faculty members, and students have been so kind as to dedicate the Auditorium, where I sat as a child, in my honor.

We must never forget that the children are our future, and without them mankind would become extinct. I thank Mrs. Gerstin, I love you, and Ms. Rose Fine (the Jackson 5’s former tutor), I love you, and the Garden Street School associates and all the children. I love you. Thank you.”

Following the presentation of the plaque, a very happy student presented Michael with a key to the school. Michael then joined the choir in singing 'We Are The World.' A small crowd then moved outside as Michael unveiled the new letters on the face of the building identifying it as the Michael Jackson Auditorium.

Following the unveiling, Michael was given a tour of his former school. He visited his old classroom and autographed the wall with a marker, “Michael Jackson Love the Children”. Epic official Lary Stesselm, Bob Jones and Bill Bray accompanied Michael.

Janique Hennessee, 11, said she was so excited to see Michael that she started crying, but Michael came up to her and dried her tears.

Source: Billie Jean


Got To Be There Single CoverMotown Releases Michael’s First Solo Single 'Got To Be There'. 07-10-'71

Michael’s first ever solo single, 'Got To Be There', was released on October 7th, 1971, in advance of his debut solo album of the same name, which would come out early the following year.

The single made #4 on both the Hot 100 and R&B chart, and sold an impressive 1.6 million copies in U.S. It also hit #3 in neighbouring Canada and #5 in the UK. By this time, Michael had eight chart topping singles and six albums with his brothers.

'Got To Be There' was originally intended for the Supremes, then was planned as a Jackson 5 release. Indeed, Michael’s brothers do feature on backing vocals, as they would continue to do on many songs credited to Michael alone. It was a soulful love song that showed off thirteen year old Michael’s amazing vocal ability.

In releasing it, Michael broke a Motown tradition, as he became the first Motown artist to go solo whilst still an active member of a group (Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin all had to leave their respective groups before becoming solo artists).

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Elizabeth Taylor And Fortensky Married At Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. 06-10-'91

Elizabeth Taylor marries for the eighth time to Larry Fortensky at Michael’s Neverland Valley Ranch. Michael gives the bride away in the ceremony.

There is mass media attention and the ceremony is almost interrupted when a photographer, imitating the Rocket Man, jet-packs into Michael’s ranch in an attempt to get exclusive photographs.

Liz is dressed in canary yellow in a gown created for her by Valentino. Michael pays for the wedding reported to be one of the most expensive weddings at a cost of $2 million. Many celebrities attend the wedding including Nancy Reagan, Eddie Murphy, and Liza Minelli.

‘People’ magazine reportedly paid $1 million for exclusive access to the 1991 wedding in which Liz donated the monies to AIDS research. 'Hello! Magazine' number 174 is released on October 19th, 1991 in the UK. . The photos are taken by photographer Herb Ritts and the report is from Liz Smith.

Taylor and Fortensky married at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch (06-10-1991)
Elizabeth Taylor marries for the eighth time to Larry Fortensky at Neverland. Michael Jackson pays for everything and gives the bride away in the ceremony. Many celebrities attend the wedding which is almost interrupted by paparazzi.

Source: Billie Jean


Dorchester Studio London (07-10-2005)Michael Is At The Dorchester Hotel In London. 06-10-'05

Michael is at the Dorchester Hotel in London with Grace, Prince, Paris, Blanket, Raymone, attorney Thomas Mesereau & Crown Prince of Bahrain, Prince Abdullah.

It all started with rumors that Michael Jackson would come to London and ended with the dreams of some fans coming true – to see Michael Jackson.

No confirmation regarding Michael Jackson being in London was ever released, but that didn’t stop fans from gathering outside the very expensive Dorchester Hotel. Raymone Bain was spotted there with Grace Rwamba (the nanny of Michael’s children).

But even more interesting are two more people new to the crowd: Atlanta music business attorney Joel Katz and Island/DefJam Records chairman Antonio L.A. Reid. Sources say that Katz has come to represent the Prince in a deal that would fund a record label for Jackson at Island/DefJam’s parent, Universal Music Group.

Not a lot of fans were outside the hotel during the day but as the rumors about Michael being in London seemed to become more and more truthful, the crowd started to grow.

One person, who works at the Dorchester hotel in central London, said to the fans that Michael Jackson was indeed there with his children this week. They also said to the fans that Michael would come out soon and possibly be ready to meet his fans.

Later in the day barriers were built outside the hotel, causing some movement amongst the fans.
More fans arrived and started to gathering where no barrier was in place. People from security tried to keep fans behind the barriers by saying; if fans crossed the barrier they would be arrested.

When Michael wanted to come out to greet his fans, he was mobbed by 100's of fans and was pushed back inside as soon as he left the hotel.
After Michael managed to leave the hotel, fans went to the Metropolice Record Studio and waited for Michael there. When Michael arrived he got on top of his car allowing everybody to see him. Once again Michael Jackson was mobbed by the crowd of fans.

Source: eMJey / Billie Jean

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