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Today in MJJ HIStory


1973 – Michael Jackson is on recording Session for “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”.

1984 – The first single from The Jackson’s Victory album, State Of Shock, is premiered on radio stations. The duet between the Jacksons frontman Michael Jackson & Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is an instant success even though no video is shot for the song.

mick-and-mike

Mick & Mike


Bruce Swedien who recorded several Jackson albums Talks about his experience at the recording session

Mick Jagger didn’t hesitate when Michael Jackson told the Rolling Stones singer to warm up his vocal cords before recording their duet “State of Shock” in 1983.

It was a classic recording session a year after “Thriller” had cemented Jackson’s reputation as the King of Pop, according to an Ocala resident who worked alongside Jackson for two decades.

“Mick didn’t hesitate,” said Bruce Swedien, who recorded and mixed many Jackson albums, including “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” – considered among the best all time.

“By then, everyone knew how good Michael was,” he continued. “If Michael Jackson says warm up, you warm up – even if you are Mick Jagger.”

Read more Ocala sound engineer saw Jackson at his best

Song Information

State of Shock Album Cover

State of Shock Album Cover


“State of Shock”, the successful hard rock song, was the biggest hit from The Jacksons’ Victory album, reaching number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was originally recorded with Freddie Mercury, as Michael and Freddie had been working on several tracks at that time (’81-’83), e.g. the unreleased title track “Victory” for the eponymous album and “There Must Be More to Life Than This” from Mr. Bad Guy. The final version featured lead vocals by Michael Jackson and Jagger. “State of Shock” was the last top ten hit for The Jacksons, as well as their last single to be certified gold. The song was later revised by Jagger when he performed it with Tina Turner during their legendary 1985 performance at Live Aid.

1992 – Michael Jackson performs his Dangerous World Tour in Paris, France, attending 85,000 at the Hippodrome of Vincennes.

1997 – Michael Jackson performe in this Friday 13th his History World Tour in Kiel, Germany at the Nordmarksportfield, attending 55,000.

1995 – The short film, Scream, directed by Mark Romanek, premiers on MTV BET. Its single, Scream, was a duet with sister Janet Jackson set to a high-tech groove.

Scream

Michael with his littel sister Janet appeared together in his Scream short film

Michael Jackson performs in his new “Scream” video in this undated picture which was released in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 13, 1995. The video will be previewed Tuesday night on MTV and will premiere Wednesday night, June 14, 1995, on ABC-TV. “Scream” marks the first time that Michael and Janet Jackson have appeared together in a video.

2001 – Producer David Gest confirms that “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years” is a go! The all-star salute to the King of Pop is confirmed for two concerts at Madison Square Garden, will feature more than 200 stars and take place in New York on September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001. CBS announced they will broadcast the mega event in fall as a two-hour special on CBS.

2002 – Michael Jackson inducted into National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall Of Fame at 33nd annual induction ceremony.

Michael & Liza - Liza Minnelli & David Gest accept the award on his behalf.

SHoF honors the contribution of popular music songwriters who have written the soundtrack for the nation’s history. As a songwriter, Michael penned more than 150 songs, with more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status on American radio and television. Liza Minnelli & David Gest accept the award on his behalf (New York City).

2005 – In a series of interviews with Martin Bashir, broadcast in 2003 as Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson was seen holding hands and discussing sleeping arrangements with a 13-year-old boy, who later accused Jackson of sexual abuse. Shortly after the documentary aired, Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in relation to the boy. Jackson denied the allegations, saying the sleepovers were not sexual in nature. The People v. Jackson trial began on January 31, 2005, in Santa Maria, California, and lasted five months, until the end of May. On June 13, 2005, Jackson was acquitted on all counts. After the trial, in a highly publicized relocation he moved to the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain, as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah.

After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.

2005 – “History” is a song on Michael Jackson’s album, HIStory. At the beginning of the song there are various quotes from the history of America including one from Michael Jackson from when he was in the Jackson 5. Some quotes are also put in the middle of the song including one from Martin Luther King. It was composed by James Harris III and Terry Lewis. The vocals are sung by Boyz II Men. The song lasts for 6 minutes and 34 seconds with the last minute being used for other quotes in American history such as ones about Rosa Parks, the Statue of Liberty, Disneyland, the Berlin Wall and the first man on the moon. A remix of the song was featured on Michael Jackson’s 1997 album, Blood on the Dance Floor. On June 13, 2005, Jackson played this song on his official website in celebration of his acquittal.

2005Michael Jackson: The Visual Documentary by Adrian Grant is published.

Michael Jackson : The Visual Documentary

Michael Jackson : The Visual Documentary

Is said to be the most comprehensive book ever published on the world’s greatest pop superstar. From the Fifties to the present day, it is a complete record of Michael’s moves, grooves and music. Illustrated with hundreds of colour and black and white photographs. Includes all Michael’s records, concerts, videos and awards, his public appearances and dazzling performances, memorabilia and records; faithfully compiled by Adrian Grant, a writer renowned for his close affiliation with Michael Jackson and a pioneer in many Jackson fan related projects.

2007The Michael Jackson Conspiracy, by Aphrodite Jones, is published.

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