Today in MJJ HIStory
1974 – The Jackson 5 perform Life Of The Party at the Sonny Comedy Revue.
1977 – In the September 22, 1977 issue of Jet magazine, Michael gave an interview to deny a slew of rumors.
|Now a young adult, Michael’s private life was open to speculation in the press. It wasn’t long before strange rumors began to surface about him, an unavoidable consequence of fame that would become a constant burden for the rest of his life.
Michael deny a slew of rumors that by then had become urban legends: that he had gone skinny dipping with thirteen-year-old Tatum O’Neal, that he was gay, that he had taken hormones to keep his voice or had a sex change operation.
Still a year and a half away from his first nose job, insecure because of his post-adolescent complexion, Michael’s delicate psyche was already having to defend itself against the suspicious scrutiny of strangers.
1980 – The Jacksons’ Can You Feel It is released as the first track on their album Triumph.
Written by brothers Jackie and Michael, the song featured solo leads by Randy and Michael, recorded in March 1980. Released as a single in 1981, the song reached #77 on the pop charts and #30 on the R&B charts in United States, but reached #6 in the UK and #2 in The Netherlands in 1981.
The accompanying video, was noted for its remarkable special effects. Michael created the video’s concept, and Tito’s sons Taj and Taryll appeared as extras. In 2001, it was voted one of the 100 best videos of all time, in a poll to mark the 20th anniversary of MTV. The title was also used for a 2009 greatest hits compilation.
1984 – The Jacksons perform Victory tour at RFK Stadium in Washington [D.C., USA] attending 45,000 fans.
LA Semaine magazine [Canada] featured Michael on their cover.
1989 – The Capital Children’s Museum honored Michael with the “Best of Washington 1989 Humanitarian Award” in recognition of his efforts in raising funds for the hands on educational museum, as well as for his never-ending altruistic efforts of improving children’s lives.
Although Michael is unable to attend, he does send a video taped thank you speech. The award is officially given to Michael at the 8th annual Best Of Washington Celebrity Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Sheraton Washington Hotel (Washington, D.C.).
1990 – In September 1990, Black Entertainment’s Television celebrates its 10th anniversary. A special edition devoted to the Network was featured on September 22 issue of Billboard. Michael Jackson was among those congratulating BET: “I am extremely appreciative of BET’s support of my efforts. They have always provided a welcome home for my music”.
1992 – Michael perform a concert at Calderón Stadium in Madrid, Vicente attending 40,000 fans.
1993 – Michael arrives in Istanbul [Turkey] with Frank & Eddie. He goes to the cinema To watch Jurassik Park!
1995 – Michael was inducted into the Black Entertainment’s Television Walk of Fame.
Michael was in Washington DC, to join the 15th Anniversary celebrations of Black Entertainment Television.
As well as singing You Are Not Alone with the Union Temple Baptist Choir, he became the first inductee in BET’s newly founded Walk Of Fame – created to recognize contributions to the music industry by African American artists.
Robert L. Johnson, BET’s president, presented a special plaque to Michael, who said he was ‘really proud’ and that it was ‘a great honour’. The BET show was screened, on American cable television, on 6th December 1995.
1998 – Michael attends another Janet concert in Orlando Spends Time with Lisa Marie and her children.
2001 – You Rock My World video is premiered.
You Rock My World, the lead single from INVINCIBLE, opened with a spoken exchange by Michael and Chris Tucker. The pair starred in the accompanying short film as well, with Marlon Brando and Michael Madson guesting and Paul Hunter directing.
Three versions of the promo were released, two edits and the full length version which ran to almost 14 minutes, and echoed some of the mood of Smooth Criminal. In most countries, the promo premiered on 21st September, but American fans had to wait another five days before they could watch it. On September 26, 2001 the clip premièred on TRL in the U.S.A.
You Rock My World, in reaching no.10, gave Michael his first Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 since You Are Not Alone in 1995. It did slightly less well – no.13 – on the R&B chart.