Today in MJJ HIStory
1974 – The Jackson 5ive in concert, South America.
“Whatever You Got, I Want/I Can’t Quit Your Love” (Motown 1308), featured on the Jackson 5 album, DANCING MACHINE, is released. The single was recorded Nov. 1, 1973 at the Motown Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California, written by Mel Larson, Jerry & Gene Marcellino, arranged by James Carmichael and produced by Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino.
Michael, in an interview with Don Cornelius in 1974, stated Whatever You Got, I Want was originally recorded for one of his solo albums.
Released as the lead single from the album in the US, it peaked at #3 on the R&B singles chart and #38 on the Hot 100. I Can’t Quit Your Love was originally featured on the Jackson 5’s album, SKYWRITER.
1992 – Michael’s first ever concert in the former Iron Curtain country of Romania took place at Lia Manoliu Stadium in Bucharest, in front of 70,000 fans. Michael sold the film rights to the concert to HBO (Home Box Office), an American cable station, for a $20 million – the deal was the highest ever paid for a live concert.
Michael chooses a concert in Bucharest, Romania for worldwide television broadcast, to draw attention to the country being known for then large number of institutionalized children from special homes.
More plus points for Bucharest:
* The concert was so important and so big in Romania that postal stamps were issued and the ink stamper bore MJ’s name, image and date of the Bucharest concert on EVERY single letter, postcard, parcel – you name it! – in the whole country.
*The SC lean was performed.
*Televised live to America on HBO with posters proclaiming “He’s not coming to America!” HBO had some massive ass ratings on October 10.
1993 – The BPI certified the Michael Jackson album “Dangerous” at six times platinum.
1994 – Issue 39 of the Hitkrant magazine [Netherlands] featured Michael & Lisa on the cover with the headline: De lijdensweg van Lisa Marie Presley [The agony of Lisa Marie Presly]
1996 – Michael donates earnings from one of his concerts in Tunisia to the “National Solidarity Fund”, charity dedicated to fighting poverty.
1997 – Michael arrives in Cape Town, with Omer Bhatti.
1999 – Michael attends a jewish service in New York with Uri Geller & Schmuley Boteach.
2003 – Michael makes an appearance at a charity event Light The Way for Lupus, an Evening of Love, Light and Laughter to raise funds for Lupus Los Angeles on Wednesday, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. During the charity event, sponsored by the Lupus Research Institute, Michael makes a speech and presents the Medical Visionary Award to his Dr Alan Metzger in recognition for his work to aid Lupus patients.