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Michael Received The 'Angel Of Hope Award' At The Marriot Marquis Hotel In New York City. 30-11-'00

G&P Foundation Angel Ball (30-11-2000)G&P Foundation “Angel Ball” recompenses the philantropist at the “Angel Ball Honors”, alongside Bill Clinton and Jordan’s Queen Noor, with the “Angel of Hope Award” at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City, for outstanding efforts to the fight against leukemia, lymphoma and other related cancers, that year’s event collecting 4 million dollars for the “G&P Cancer Foundation” in N.Y.

A again gorgeous looking Michael Jackson shows up at the Angel Ball Honors in New York. The following has been taken from Reuters:

On Nov. 30, 2000 President Clinton, singer Michael Jackson and Jordan’s Queen Noor were honored on Thursday for their work to fight cancer at a star-studded black-tie dinner to raise $4 million for a cancer foundation.

The president and wife, Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, received an award from the New York-based G&P Foundation, which funds research into leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers.

“It won’t be long now,” Clinton told some 1’800 Hollywood stars and members of New York society crowded into a Manhattan hotel ballroom for the event, saying he expected a cure for the disease to be found.

Talk show host Larry King emceed the gala, which was scheduled to include performances by singers Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Marc Anthony as well as appearances by actors Jane Seymour, Gabriel Byrne and Joan Collins.

Clinton, seated between Queen Noor and actor Robert DeNiro, did not stay for most of the show, leaving early to fly home to Washington with his wife.

The G&P foundation was created by song writer and Democratic Party donor Denise Rich to honor her daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, who died of leukemia at the age of 27. It is named for Gabrielle and her husband, Philip Aouad.

As she helped to present the Clintons with their award, Rich also handed the president a gleaming saxophone.

“Thank you, Denise,” Clinton said. “I’ll have a little more time to play it in a week or two,” he added, referring to the end of his eight years in the White House on Jan. 20.

Jackson, wearing a peach colored shirt, a lilac vest and a yellow tie, gave Clinton a warm tribute. “You’ve been an incredible president and I love you,” the pop star said, pointing at Clinton.

A foundation spokeswoman said the dinner aimed to raise $4 million from about 1’800 guests, who were expected to include a wide array of Hollywood stars including Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who did not attend the dinner, were also honored for their work on behalf of cancer patients.

N’Sync Members Lance and J.C. introduce Michael:

Thank you. It’s great to be here. Actually I’d say it’s pretty incredible. And incredible describes our next honoree. This is the part were we are supposed to tell you about the career of our guest of honour, but if you don’t know who he is, what planet are you from? He’s not only one of the greatest artists of age, a star for the ages is what he really is. His 'Thriller' album is the greatest selling album in the history of the world. And his song 'We Are The World' sold 800,000 copies in 3 days. His records actually set records. As members of a new generation of pop artists we stand before him with the deepest sense of gratitude and humility. He’s influenced our musical choices but more importantly he has influenced our personal choices.

No artist does as much to make the world a better place, and no other celebrity is more humble about his good work. What else can I say about him, he’s bad, he’s a thriller, and he’s here. The greatest living recording artist in the world, number one superstar. King of Pop. On behalf of the G&P Foundation it’s a great honour to present the Angel of Hope Award to Mr Michael Jackson.

Source: Billie Jean

Bunte Magazine Publishes An Interview Of Michael. 28-11-'02

The latest issue (No. 49) of German magazine ‘Bunte’ features an exclusive interview with Michael from his hotel room during his stay in Berlin.

Michael speaks of his embarrassment at having to wear his new glasses in public for the first time during the Bambi Awards. “That was embarrassing. I wore my new reading glasses for the first time in public.”

Michael also explained how his children respond to the fans. “Paris is imitating me now. When I call ‘I love you’ to the fans she also calls ‘I love you. I love you too from the the bottom of my heart.’ “

Asked what his children thought of the ‘Spiderman’ movie, Michael said, “They love the Spiderman clothes. They have seen the movie about a dozen times.” He also says: “Playstations or computers are not allowed in the house,” and that he reads his children fairy tales during breakfast.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean

Michael Performs 'Black Or White' & 'Will You Be There' At The Taping Of The MTV’s 10th Anniversary Special To Be Aired On November 27th. 27-11-'91

On occasion of MTV's 10th Anniversary Show, he appears live on stage to perform songs, 'Black Or White' and 'Will You Be There', the latter being included in the video clip as part of a montage of other stage performances of the song.

The day following the release of 'Dangerous', Michael performed his new single on a TV special celebrating the 10th anniversary of MTV. The hour long special aired on ABC and featured some of the biggest names in pop and rock music. There were performances by Aerosmith, George Michael, REM, and a spoken tribute by Madonna, each performed one song.

The special concluded with Michael performing two songs from his brand new album. Guns and Roses guitarist Slash, who plays on 2 tracks on 'Dangerous', 'Black Or White' and 'Give In To Me', joined Michael for 'Black Or White'. Michael was dressed just as in the video, in black pants and white t-shirt underneath a opened white shirt. Michael's performance was energetic and fun, and he noticeably keep his hands off his crotch in the wake of the turmoil over the original video.

where Michael was filming a commercial. Through an interpreter, they expressed their appreciation for Michael’s kindness.

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special (27-11-1991)
Michael Jackson at the MTV's 10th Anniversary, he performs with Slash 'Black Or White'.

A gospel choir of various ages joined Michael for 'Will You Be There', with an angel, performed by Angela Ice, flying down to Michael and putting her wings around him symbolizing hope. Vincent Patterson choreographed the performance which was filmed in an airplane hunger in Los Angeles, with Michael Jackson fan club members being invited to attend the filming and make up the audience. The performance of 'Black Or White' was completed in 6 takes.

At the end of the song Slash tossed his guitar through the front windshield of a car that was parked on stage which then exploded. When the pyrotechnics used in 'Black Or White' were being tested Michael was careful to stand back saying, "I'm gonna get back, I was burned before by this kind of stuff."

During the rehearsals, two of Michael's chimps visited the set, and MTV CEO Tom Freston presented Michael with a 6 foot version of the astronaut statue used as the network's music video award. While Freston spoke, the huge statue was lowered to the floor on cables. "We've made you this statue to show our appreciation for all you have done for music and MTV, and here it is. And it's rather large." Michael quietly said, "Thank you" and shook Freston's hand.

Source: Billie Jean

Dangerous Album CoverMichael Jackson’s Dangerous Album Was Released. 26-11-'91

A few record stores in the US opened at midnight to begin selling the album as soon as possible. Tower Records in West Hollywood had a 20 foot by 150 foot replica of the album cover on the roof along with other over-sized displays from the album cover. Tower Records had an impromptu midnight opening and sold over 300 copies in 2 hours.

CBS Records initially shipped out 4 million copies of 'Dangerous', a new record. 'Dangerous' is the first album to achieve advance orders of 50,000 units in the former Communist part of Germany. A spokesman for France’s Virgin megastore said 'Dangerous' was the quickest selling album the store has ever handled.
The cost to produce 'Dangerous' probably also set new records, with an estimated cost of over $10 million. Seven recording studios were used to record the tracks. Michael had 24 hour a day access for 2 years to Record One in Sherman Oaks, California at a cost of $4,000 per day. Three rooms at Larabee Sound Studios in Los Angeles were reserved at $3000-$4000 per day.

The expense seems to payoff when 'Dangerous' debuted on Billboard’s top album chart at #1, with 326,500 copies sold in its first week. It held the position for four weeks. With record-breaking sales of 7 million in under two months, 'Dangerous' become Michael’s fastest-selling album ever in the US, breaking the sales record for 'Bad'. 'Dangerous' spent 117 weeks in the Billboard 200, 30 more than Bad. The RIAA certified Dangerous 7 times platinum (7 million copies).

'Dangerous' also debuted at #1 on the UK albums charts, the first album to do so on the strength of just 3 days of sales; it surpassed U2′s new release, Achtung Baby which had a full week of sales. 'Dangerous' spent 23 weeks in the Top 10, and a total of 96 weeks on the Top 75 chart.

Michael’s new album didn’t do too shaby throughout the rest of the world either, debuting at #1 in Australia, Spani, Switzerland, and Finland. The album entered the charts at #2 in Sweden and Germany, and at #3 in Italy. In Japan and the Netherlands, 'Dangerous' debuted at #35 on the albums charts.

Source: Billie Jean

Michael Grants The Wish Of Young David Sonnet, Whom He Meets Via The Make A Wish Foundation Sponsored By Sony. 25-11-'92

Michael and David SonnetMichael grants the wish of young David Sonnet, whom he meets via the Make A Wish Foundation sponsored by Sony. The boy was one of only four kids invited from the foundation to his hero Michael’s Neverland Ranch.

Sonnet suffered a brain aneurysm at the tender age of 8, leaving him only able to function through a communication device, it helping him convey his thoughts through a specialized computer. Young David had received a 'Beat It' jacket from a local charity in West Palm Beach, Florida, which he wore for his special encounter. Michael notices it and says “I see you have my jacket on.”

The activities David did together with his mother at Neverland, included: he held Bubbles, Michael’s monkey and rode the Octopus and the merry-go-round. Because Sonnet was unable to talk or walk, Michael and the boy shared an “I Love You” in sign language. A visibly emotional Michael receives a stuffed lion and a picture of David, and he tells the boy he would keep his photo in his room. Before this encounter, David Sonnet had written to Michael on various occasions as a show of support, and Michael would write back and include photos and other personal mementos and gifts.

Sonnet sent a thank you card to Michael including a wedding card when he married Lisa Marie Presley in 1994. Both times Michael responded with a signed letter and salutation.

According to Debbie Sonnet, David’s mother, Michael’s music did help him recover from a coma. She stated that his recovery room was decorated with numerous photos of Michael and his music was played at all times. Sonnet passed away on July 26, 2004.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean

Black Or White Single CoverMichael Had His Fourth UK #1 Single With ‘Black Or White’. 23-11-'91

Michael Jackson had his fourth UK #1 single with 'Black Or White' which featured Slash on guitar. Also a #1 hit in the US. 'Black Or White' is the lead single from Michael Jackson’s 'Dangerous' album, released in November 21th, 1991. 'Black Or White' is a mix of rock, and dance-pop.

Written, composed, and arranged by Jackson with the rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell, it is a song that promotes racial harmony. The song’s introduction and main riff are performed by guitarist Slash and Bill Bottrell. 'Black Or White' made an extraordinary and amazing debut in the UK, where it became the first single by an American to go into the singles chart at #1 since 1960, when 'It’s Now Or Never' by Elvis Presley did in the same manner.

The single also stormed into Billboard’s Hot 100 at #35. A week later it shot up to #3 and on its third week, December 7th, 1991, it ascended to #1, making it the fastest chart topper since the Beatles’ 'Get Back' in 1969. It achieved the year at #1, and remained at the top of the singles chart into 1992, for a total of 7 weeks, making Michael Jackson the first artist to get #1 popular hits in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's.

Around the world, 'Black Or White' hit #1 in 22 countries including US, UK, Mexico, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Euro Chart Hot 100 and #2 in Germany and #3 in Holland. It reached #1 on many singles charts in 1991.

The single was certified platinum in the US, selling over one million copies as well as becoming the second-best selling single of 1991. Actually, the hard rock 'Black Or White' is considered one of the greatest rock songs of the 1990's and the meaning behind the lyrics is rock solid in this song.

Source: Billie Jean

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (20-11-1984)Michael Receives His Star On Hollywood 'Walk Of Fame'. 20-11-'84

Just four years after a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s ‘Walk Of Fame’ was dedicated to the Jacksons, on November 20th, 1984 Michael was honoured with his own star.

He was the 1793rd celebrity to be so recognised, but the very first to capture two different stars. At his own request, the star was situated outside Mann’s Chinese Theater.

About 6,000 fans turned out for the presentation, the largest crowd to ever attend such a presentation. Michael appeared at the unveiling of the star for a full 3 minutes, then he was advised by security to leave as the crowd grew out of control.

A podium and stage had been set up, as the world’s most famous entertainer was to be honored on the world’s most famous sidewalk, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, a permanent monument that recognizes his life-long contribution to show business.

When Michael mounted the podium, with his mother Katherine, father Joe and Hollywood honorary Mayor Johnny Grant, he waved to the crowd with his gloved hand and delivered a speech of five words:
“Thank you very, very much!”

Fearful that some 6,000 frenzied fans who filled the streets had rebuffed crowd-control efforts, superstar Michael Jackson made the shortest acceptance speech-five words-in the history of Hollywood Walk of Fame dedication ceremonies. Concerned for the safety of the 6,000 fans who turned out to witness the unveiling ceremony, Michael was forced to abandon his planned speech.

Source: Billie Jean

The Jacksons Play B.C. Place On The Victory Tour. 16-11-'84

Thirty years ago today on November 16th, 1984 The Jacksons Victory Tour hit B.C. Place Stadium for the first of three shows.

The biggest show in the history of pop music came to Vancouver last week, in the form of the Jacksons' Victory Tour.
It was a dazzling display of lights and lasers, mechanized staging and slick choreography, available to anyone who wanted to shell out $40–and in three nights 107,000 fans did just that.

As expected, Michael Jackson stole the show from his brothers, spinning, leaping, and ‘moonwalking’ to the tune of 'Beat It' and 'Billie Jean' from his multi platinum album 'Thriller' and other songs from his years in the Jackson Five.

where Michael was filming a commercial. Through an interpreter, they expressed their appreciation for Michael’s kindness.

Victory Tour (1984)
The Jacksons live on stage with the 'Opening'.

Two of the show’s most magical moments were the opening segment–in which four computer-controlled “Kreetons” (camel-like monsters) prowled the stage in a medieval “Sword in the Stone” fantasy skit–and Michael’s vanishing trick, in which he was corralled into a silver box by two huge, black automated spiders and then lifted into the air and blown up–only to reappear on a platform stage left.

A seven-story, 44-metre stage–that takes 240 workers five days to erect–housed over 2500 lights and 240 custom-built speakers. But for those who went to hear as well as see the shows, the sound system was a disappointment. With ten musicians playing and the five Jacksons singing, the result was one shrill barrage of sound.

The Jackson’s six-month North American tour should prove the most lucrative in music history, with an estimated gross income in excess of $70 million. In Vancouver alone, ticket sales grossed about $4.5 million.

Source: Straight / Billie Jean

Michael Accepts The Power Of Oneness Lifetime Achievement Award Via Satellite. 15-11-'03

Power of Oneness Awards (15-11-2003)Michael was honored for his contributions to Racial Harmony at the Third Annual “Power of Oneness” Awards held at the Universal Studios Hollywood Globe Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Ed Begley Jr., The Jim Henson Company, Dr. Joy DeGruy-Leary and Brad Gluckstein are among the illustrious honorees.

Michael Jackson received The Power of Oneness Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong commitment to writing, singing and speaking about the need for us to take responsibility for the worlds children and making the our world a better place. 'Man In The Mirror', 'Heal The World', 'Black Or White', 'The Lost Children', 'We Are The World', and 'What More Can I Give' are but a few of the inspiring songs Michael has recorded during his career, showing by example how music can be used to entertain, heal and educate.

The 2003 Power of Oneness Awards ceremony preceded by a dinner & silent auction; items for auction have been donated by Universal Music, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, artist Romero Britto, Tiffany & Co., and many more. The awards program (written and directed by off-Broadway playwright and choreographer, Kamal Sinclair-Steele) promised to be a vibrant fusion of dance, music, multi-media, spoken-word and theatrical presentations representing a vivid celebration of the creativity and diversity of the human family – a celebration of our oneness.

Michael Jackson accepts, from Neverland Ranch, the “Power Of Oneness” Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Annual Power Of Oneness Awards in Universal Studios, Hollywood, for his contributions to racial harmony, life-long commitment to singing, writing and speaking of the world’s responsibility towards its children and the betterment of the planet. Oneness is a non-profit organization co-founded by American record producer, songwriter, musician and singer, K.C. Porter in 1999, with a mission of eliminating racism and promoting racial unity through the healing quality of music and the arts.

Source: Billie Jean

Michael Visits The Guinness World Records Office To Receive Eight World Record Certificates.

Guinness Book Of World Records (14-11-2006)Michael visits the Guinness World Records office in London to receive eight World Record certificates, including the most recent one for Most Successful Entertainer of All Time.

Others include:
Youngest Vocalist To Top The US Singles Chart – age 11 with the Jackson 5.
First Vocalist to Enter the US Single Chart At Number One – for ‘You Are Not Alone.’
First Entertainer to Earn More Than $100 Million In A Year.
Highest Paid Entertainer Of All Time – $125 million on the 1989 ‘Forbes’ list.
First Entertainer To Sell More Than 100 Million Albums Outside the US.
Most Weeks At The Top Of The U.S. Album Charts – non-soundtrack for ‘Thriller.’
Most Successful Music Video – ‘Thriller.’

Michael arrived at Guinness World Records offices in North West London in the afternoon with his entourage – a fleet of black and silver people carriers. Wearing his signature black three quarter length dinner jacket and trousers he arrived amidst an army of fans who had followed him from the hotel.

He was greeted by Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday, and given a whirlwind tour of the offices and shown weird and wonderful exhibits from the ‘Guinness World Records Cabinet of Curioddities’, including the world’s oldest vomit and tallest man’s shoes.

Michael was then presented with his record certificates, a copy of the latest edition of the book and a special edition from the year he was born (1958). Evidently delighted with the accolades he holds in high esteem, Michael said: “I’ve always been a big fan of the book. Thank you so much – it’s a great honour to visit the Guinness World Records offices.”

Guinness World Records Editor Craig Glenday said: “We always expect the unexpected here at Guinness World Records. We’re used to all walks of life stopping by the office, but we haven’t been this excited since we met the Queen last year. Michael is one of the greatest superstars of all time and his unwavering success has kept him at the very top of the record breaking charts throughout his career. We’re absolutely delighted that Michael holds Guinness World Records in such high regard and honoured that he’s taken time out of his busy schedule to stop by and collect them in person.”

Source: The Visual Documentary / Billie Jean

Black Or White Video Clip (14-11-1991)'Black Or White' Was Premiered Simultaneously In 27 Countries. 14-11-'91

The music video for 'Black Or White' was premiered simultaneously in 27 countries, with a record-breaking audience of 500+ million viewers – the largest ever global audience for a music video. The music video for racially-conscious 'Black Or White' was first broadcast on MTV, BET, VH1, and Fox giving them their highest Nielsen ratings ever.

Along with Jackson, it featured actors Macaulay Culkin, Tess Harper, and George Wendt, with cameo appearances by the singer’s niece, Brandi Jackson and Wade Robson. The video was directed by John Landis, who previously directed 'Thriller'. The video shows scenes in which Maasai tribesmen begin dancing like Jackson; so do, in sequence, Thais, Native Americans, a woman from India and a set of Russians.

Jackson walks through visual collages of fire (defiantly declaring "I ain't scared of no sheets; I ain't scared of nobody"), referring to KKK torch ceremonies before a mock rap scene shared with Culkin and other children. The group collectively states, "I'm not gonna spend my life being a color." At the end of the song, different people dance as they morph into one another (shown as "talking heads").

Controversy was generated concerning the last four minutes of the original music video. Jackson walks out of the studio as a black panther and then morphs into himself. The 'panther dance’, as it was called, contains complicated dance techniques, sexually suggestive behaviour and physical aggression, which the entertainer would later say they formed an interpretation of the animal instincts of a black panther. MTV and other music video networks removed the last four minutes from subsequent broadcasts.

The performer is seen smashing shop windows and car window panes reading racist graffiti "Hitler Lives", a swastika, "Nigger Go Home", "No More Wetbacks", and "KKK Rules"). The video also shares the message that “Prejudice is ignorance”. What has not been brought into discussion is the complexity of message behind this video (or other videos of Jackson). The black panther Jackson portrays in the video is a reference to “The Black Panther Party” (originally the “Black Panther Party for Self-Defense”), an African-American revolutionary left-wing organization working for the self-defense for black people against police brutality.

It was active in the United States from the mid-1960’s into the 1970’s. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international impact through their deep involvement in the Black Power movement and in US politics of the 1960’s and 70’s, as the intense anti-racism of the time is today considered one of the most significant social, political and cultural currents in US history. The group's "provocative rhetoric, militant posture, and cultural and political flourishes permanently altered the contours of American Identity", hence Jackson’s provocative dance testimony in the video. While Jackson does not promote violence, the dance was a ‘free speech’ bodily statement, a venting off against human injustice.

Controversy was generated concerning the last four minutes of the original music video, as a result, this last part was removed. Jackson walks out of the studio as a black panther and then morphs into himself. The “panther dance” or “silent panther” performance” contained in these last few minutes was Jackson’s angrier, yet misunderstood political statement against “injustice and prejudice and racism and bigotry”, as he would state in an 1999 TV interview. “[…] Within the dance I became upset and let go”, he adds. Shortly after the video’s release, the singer issues an apology statement to those that became sensitive over the mentioned scenes: "It upsets me to think that 'Black Or White' could influence any child or adult to destructive behavior. I've always tried to be a good role model and, therefore, have made these changes to avoid any possibility of adversely affecting any individual's behavior. I deeply regret any pain or hurt that the final segment of 'Black Or White' has caused children, their parents or other viewers."

Source: Billie Jean

Michael Sings 'You Were There' During The Taping Of The Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary TV Special.

Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary TV Special (30-11-1989)Michael Jackson performs song 'You Were There' (he wrote with Buz Kohan) for singer-entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., the first and only time, at the Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary TV Special, musical gala honouring Davis Jr..

The event’s funds advantaging the “United Negro College Fund”; for the show’s all-star finale, Jackson accompanies Ella Firzgerald and Eddie Murphy on stage.

The celebration started as a 60-minute show, and it wound up 2 1/2 hours long. It runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday on ABC and Channel 13. And no wonder, given a cast that includes Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Clint Eastwood, Goldie Hawn, Bill Cosby, Stevie Wonder, Mike Tyson, Richard Pryor, Gregory Hines, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Allen, Magic Johnson, Dean Martin, Tony Danza, Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, Diahann Carroll, Dionne Warwick, Nell Carter, Lola Falana and Anita Baker. Eddie Murphy hosts, and even he seems subdued by the galaxy of stars he has to introduce.

Sammy’s right there in the front-row box with his wife and family. He laughs and he claps, he cries a little, and he hugs his friends. He even does a tap dance with Hines. But he never says a word.

He can’t. The night the show was taped, he couldn’t talk at all.

It doesn’t matter. His friends speak for him, and to him, in a language of love. They lay their talents at his feet. And a few terrific clip collections tell Sammy’s tale for him.

This is a one-of-a-kind TV spectacular in a spirit that few stars, even show-biz legends, could command.

Nobody knew what Jackson was going to do. “The night before the show, he and Buz Kohan, who wrote the script, went in the rehearsal hall and wrote a song,” Schlatter said. “They arranged it overnight, and the night of the show was the first time he’d ever sung it. He wanted to sing something that really related to Sammy.”

where Michael was filming a commercial. Through an interpreter, they expressed their appreciation for Michael’s kindness.

Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary TV Special - Backstage (30-11-1989)
Michael Jackson joined backstage with other stars at the Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary TV Special.

Backstage, everybody was watching everybody else. Fitzgerald wanted to meet Jackson; Cosby wanted to say hi to Hawn; Murphy wanted to see Sinatra.

The most nerve-racking moment of them all, though, was when Fitzgerald was to make her big onstage entrance, Schlatter said. “We had to have somebody bring her out, so I said to Eddie Murphy, `Take Ella onstage.’

And he says, `Man, I can’t take her. That’s Ella “Fitzgerald.”‘ And Eddie says to Michael Jackson, `Michael, you take her out.’ And Michael says, `I can’t! It’s “Ella.”‘ So I said, `Look, guys, why not take her together? OK?’

At the same date, Michael is reported to have hosted 50 children from “Maclaren Hall” and “Make A Wish Foundation” at his residence, while, via the “Wishes Granted” charity, 4-year-old Darian Pagan, suffering from leukemia, is granted the wish to meet the singer and is, additionally, invited to watch a performance by a group of Canadian acrobats with him.

Source: Billie Jean

Michael at Luton Airport (12-11-1993)Jackson Vanishes In The Luton Triangle. 12-11-'93

Michael was at the centre of a classic showbiz mystery after he admitted being addicted to painkillers and called off his world tour. Following a midnight flight across the Atlantic with his friend Elizabeth Taylor, the entertainer disappeared after his privately chartered jet landed at Luton airport.

Jackson, in a tape released by his publicity agent in Los Angeles, had said he could not bear the stress of performances while fighting addiction and facing allegations that he sexually abused a boy in California.

He was then flown on a Boeing 727 from a remote airfield in Mexico - the latest stage of the 'Dangerous' tour - to Luton, via Canada and Iceland. There is confusion about his next move, but there are reports that he was then secretly taken to a private psychiatric hospital in London.

Other rumours had him leaving Luton in the early hours and travelling to Switzerland with Ms Taylor. She has a luxury villa at Gstaad but there were no signs of the couple there. When the 727 landed in Geneva, only Taylor left the plane, speeding away in a limousine.

In his message Jackson, 35, said it was impossible for him to continue performing because of his addiction and the stress of accusations - which police are investigating - that last year he sexually abused a 13-year-boy in California. Police have recently made a number of searches at several of Jackson's Southern California homes and taken away boxes of material.

The singer said the painkillers were prescribed after he recently underwent reconstructive scalp surgery. His scalp was badly burned by an explosion during the filming of a Pepsi- Cola commercial several years ago.

He said: 'It is time for me to acknowledge my need for treatment in order to regain my health. I became increasingly more dependent on the painkillers to get me through the days of my tour.' He described charges of sexual molestation as 'an extortion attempt' by the father of the child. There have been growing fears about Jackson's health after he repeatedly postponed concerts on his current tour.

In his statement, the reclusive entertainer credited Taylor with advising him to cancel the remaining dates on his tour and repair his health. Taylor, a reformed alcoholic, visited Jackson on Thursday (November 11) in Mexico City, where he was said to be bedridden with a severe cold. She is reported to have arranged for him to go to a clinic in Gstaad, where she has a chalet with an antique horsedrawn sleigh on the lawn and uninterrupted views of the Alps. The area between Gstaad and Lake Geneva is dotted with private clinics specialising in the treatment of addictions.

Dr Michael Farrell, a consultant psychiatrist at the National Addiction Centre, London, said painkiller addiction was often linked to depression: 'People who are depressed have a lower pain threshold.'

Source: Independent / Billie Jean

Signing Event-Virgin Megastore (07-11-2001)Michael Jackson Attended Record Signing At Virgin In New York. 07-11-'01

Michael Jackson makes a special appearance on November 7th 2001 by the Virgin Megastore in New York City’s Times Square to promote and sign for the first time his CD Album ‘Invincible’.

A lot of fans were present that day, they were emotional and also deliriously happy to see their idol. On that day at that place fans were been interviewed, they are so proud on their CD which is been singed by the King of Pop himself.

When Michael Jackson comes to town, everything shuts down.

Emerging in front of the Virgin Megastore on a small stage covered with red carpet, Jackson, clad in a blue silk shirt and matching pants, bopped to the sounds of his single “You Rock My World” and threw kisses to the crowd for about a minute before he went back inside the store to sign autographs and promote his new album, 'Invincible'.

“Michael! Michael! Michael!” throngs of fans chanted in the hopes he would come back outside. Instead the police told the crowd to keep it moving.

“I lost my mind,” said 17-year-old Sydney Torrence of Harlem, who was still basking in making eye contact with the reclusive superstar. “Michael Jackson communicated with us!”

“He’s the greatest of all time, you don’t even have to ask the question,” said her friend Shari Griffith, 17, of the Bronx. “He’s just an innovator. Who could make up words like ‘cha’mon’?”

Jackson’s 'Invincible', which was released on October 30, will debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 according to SoundScan data released on Wednesday (November 7. Both young women agreed the album deserves to top the chart.

“He’s got Biggie on the album, he’s got Jay-Z on the ['You Rock My World'] remix,” Torrence said. “He doesn’t just sing about love. He sings about war, he sings about everything. He’s hot.”

“It’s real weird to see a new generation accepting Mike,” said Rodney Jerkins, one of 'Invincible’s producers. Jerkins, who was in a nearby studio working on the next Brandy album, showed up unannounced at the event after seeing a live on-site interview with Jackson on “TRL.”

“That was the mission for all of us [while making the album]: ‘How do we get younger kids?’ ” Jerkins said. “Standing out here, I can tell the kids love him. It’s all in the music. Mike’s an entertainer. He’s gonna show you what he can do, but the music has to catch the kids’ ears. It’s a blessing to be part of this. It’s history.”

Michael Jackson granted an exclusive interview to the TV show “Entertainment Tonight.” The show was aired on November 12 and 13 as a two-part special.

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Wetten Dass (04-11-1995)Michael Is In Munich By The Program 'Wetten Das..?' 04-11-'95

Michael graced the popular German Game show 'Wetten Dass'? (Wanna Bet?) with his live appearance. Thomas Gottschalk and the design of the show is that a certain guest enters a bet with a candidate.

He was première the live performance of his 'History' album song 'Earth Song' as well as performing his song 'Dangerous'.

In addition to his immaculate Dangerous routine, executed with the same precision and finesse as at the MTV Music Video Awards in September, Michael also performed 'Earth Song' in public for the first time, a real coup for 'Wetten Dass'?
Backstage, he meets Laurent Hopman and Anton Schleiter, son of son of Hamburg-based Sony music exec Wolfgang Schleiter.

The TV special attracted 18 million viewers, became the biggest TV event throughout Europe breaking viewership records in Germany and another 25 million throughout the rest of Europe tuning in to watch Michael's guest spot. Far and away the highest German TV audience of 1995 it's the event of the year 1995 in Europe.

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Michael Receives The Diamond Of Africa Award From Ghana's President. 02-11-'95

King Of Ghana, Africa, Recognition (02-11-1995)Michael receives the Diamond of Africa award from Ghana’s President, Jerry Rawlings during a dinner at the Hotel Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The evening’s highlight was the appearance of Michael who postponed a trip to Europe to make certain he was at the event. “I’m supposed to be in Germany, but I postponed it to be here,” Michael told the President and First Lady. “I was advised of your presence and I found out about your mission to rebuild Afri

ca. I couldn’t resist. I love Africa… You are not alone.”

Michael presents the first couple with two elegantly decorated swords on behalf of Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. According to the dinner’s organizer, Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq AlMansour, the swords were designed “to cut out devision, insecurity, hypocrisy and negativism. Rise and Unite! Africa is back.”

President Rawlings said of Michael to the sellout, black-tie crowd: “I never thought I’d have the honor and privilege of meeting the genius in person. To meet him on a day like this is an honor. What impressed me most is that he’s a man of heart.”

The President and First Lady expressed their gratitude to Michael by presenting him with the elegant Diamond of Africa award offered by the ‘That’s What Friends Are For Committee.’ On accepting the honor, Michael acknowledges a few children that joined him on stage, among whom were cancer-stricken ones.

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