Today in MJJ HIStory
1973 – The Jackson 5 perform at Wellington, New Zealand, Athletic Park.
1975 – The Jacksons Forever came Today is on top of Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
1984 – On occasion of a Jacksons’ press conference from “Tavern on the Green“, Michael Jackson announces that his Victory – tour share of proceeds are to entirely cover three charitable organizations: “The United Negro College Fund”, “Camp Good Times” and “T.J. Martel Foundation”. Furthermore, at each gig, 500 places are reserved for invalids and hospital patients, taken on stretchers into the stadiums.
After receiving a letter from eleven-year-old fan Ladonna Jones, in which she accuses the Jacksons and the promoters of being ‘selfish and just out for money,’ Michael held a major press conference to announce changes in the tour’s organization and also to announce that the whole of his share of the proceeds from the tour will be donated to charity.
The following is Michael’s speech at the press conference:
“We’re beginning our tour tomorrow and I wanted to talk to you about something of great concern to me. We’ve worked a long time to make this show the best it can be. But we know a lot of kids are having trouble getting tickets. The other day I got a letter from a girl in Texas named Ladonna Jones. She’d been saving her money from odd jobs to buy a ticket, but with the current tour system, she’d have to buy four tickets and she couldn’t afford that. So, I’ve asked our promoter to work out a new way of distributing tickets, a way that no longer requires a $120.00 money order. There has also been a lot of talk about the promoter holding money for tickets that didn’t sell. I’ve asked our promoter to end the mail order ticket system as soon as possible so that no one will pay money unless they get a ticket. Finally, and most importantly, there’s something else I am going to announce today. I want you to know that when I first agreed to tour, I decided to donate all the money I make from our performances to charity.”
1984 – “State of Shock” is a 1984 hit single by The Jacksons featuring frontman Michael Jackson and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, released on July 5th, 1984, charted number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.
It 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).
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.
One More Chance is a single also contained in the Jackson’s Victory album, which is performed by Randy Jackson who, almost a decade after this event, on march 22, 1993, according to press reports, was held for approximately 8 hours by members of the National Liberation Army (ELN). Jackson, who was in Colombia visiting his fiancee, was abducted during a road trip between two major Colombian cities in the north. He was subsequently released after he was able to convince his captors that he was a Jamaican preacher.
“One More Chance” was used on his Number Ones compilation album. It was released as a single on November 20, 2003, reaching #83 in the U.S., #5 in the UK and reaching #1 in Venezuela, Moldova and Turkey. Originally it was planned as a lead single to an upcoming 2004/2005 album.
In November 2003, during the shooting of the official video in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jackson’s Neverland Ranch was raided by the Santa Barbara Sheriffs Department, investigating child molestation allegations made against the singer, which resulted in the 2005 criminal trial and subsequent acquittal of Jackson on all charges. Jackson had been shooting the video late into the night of November 17, 2003, but following the raid, production was stopped and the video was never completed. The single was instead promoted usuing a montage video of highlights from Jackson’s career to date
1997 – By July 5, 1997 is already known that it was published at the Nezavisimaia gazeta, of 2 July 1997, that Michael Jackson has donated 1.5 million dollars to the Jehova’s Witnesses organization in Russland.
In the suburbs of St. Petersburg in Solnechny village Russia’s first administrative center of the Christian religious organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses” has opened. The vast scope of this action is demonstrated in the fact that more than 2,000 delegates and guests from 44 countries attended this event.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses religious association arose in the second half of the nineteenth century in the USA. At present this organization number more than five million adherents. In Russia is received official registration in 1991. Before that its activity was banned “because of its antisoviet tendencies.” But as the members of the association emphasize, to this day the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not know what the government actually accused them of.
Whatever may be the case, the most widely varying rumors circulated, even including the claim that “members of the sect brutally murder their children, sacrificing them, and they even commit suicide themselves.” “In fact,” the director of the Russian administrative center, Vasily Kalin, declared at a press conference, “Witnesses do not hold radical views and they do not advocate practices that are different from what society recognizes as normal conduct. This is what principally distinguishes us from cults and sects.” In his words, the basic goal of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the study of the Bible. They give chief honor to God the Father, whom the Bible calls Jehovah, and they do not believe in the immortality of the soul.
However, justice requires that we note that evidently no small part was played by the contributions of well to do Jehovah’s Witnesses. One of them alone, Michael Jackson, who came from a family of Witnesses, is said to have donated his Russian brothers and sisters one and a half million dollars.
2002 – Michael Jackson was in New York from July 5 through July 9, on a campaign against Sony honcho Tommy Mottola, claiming Mottola had a thing against Black artists.