Master of comedy Bill Cosby with Jackson 5 on Tonight Show (1974)
This is hilarious! I’m crying!
" The success of Thriller really hit me in 1984 when the album received one gratifying number of nominations for the American Music Awards and the Grammy Awards. I remember feeling an overwhelming rush of elation. I was overflowing with joy and dancing around the house, dancing.”
- Moonwalk by Michael Jackson about "Thriller”
The first song that Michael Jackson recorded ~ Big Boy
On this day in music history: October 17, 1987 - “Bad” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on October 24, 1987. Written by Michael Jackson, it is the seventh R&B and pop (eleventh overall) chart topper for “The King Of Pop. The title track from Michael Jackson’s seventh album is originally conceived as a duet between the pop superstar and Prince. Portrayed as fierce rivals in the mainstream media, Jackson and producer Quincy Jones will conceive the idea of the two megastars collaborating together. Jones will contact Prince about the idea, but will decline the invitation, feeling the song will be a hit without him. The single features a number musicians that have played on previous Michael Jackson albums including Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker (synthesizers), John Robinson (drums), David Williams (guitar), Jerry Hey, Gary Grant (trumpets), Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams (saxophones) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) Veteran jazz organist Jimmy Smith will add the crowning touch to the track, playing the Hammond B-3 organ solo on the track. The song will also be backed by an elaborate eighteen minute long short film directed by Martin Scorsese, debuting in a half hour long special on CBS on the albums’ release date of August 31, 1987. The film also features one of the first appearances by a then unknown actor named Wesley Snipes. Released as the second single on September 7, 1987, it will be another immediate smash. “Bad” will parodied by comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1988 as “Fat”, even parodying Jackson’s short film which will win Yankovic a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video in 1989. The video will be parodied a second time for the anthology film “Moonwalker” in 1988. Titled “Badder”, the clip will feature child actors and dancers filling the roles originally played by Jackson and the other cast in the original.
Jackson 5 - American Bandstand show (21.02.1970)
"The day finally came. I got to the studio two hours early. I ordered my favorite Chinese food. I was sure to include some vegetarian dishes for Michael. I was so nervous that I started practicing in front of the food just how I would introduce Michael. Would I say, “Mike, would you like some…
"When he started wearing the glove, I was like, ‘what’s up with the glove?’ I was like, ‘look, if you’re going to hold my hand it better be the non-gloved one because sequence really hurt me…it digs in.’ He’d just shake his head and he would just smile. He loved to be teased. Seeing him smile made you feel like everything was going to be alright.”
“I remember a long time ago in Indiana, [when I was] like 6 or 7 years old, and I had a dream that I wanted to be a performer, you know, an entertainer and whenever I’d be asleep at night, and my mother would wake me up and say, ‘Michael, Michael, James Brown is on TV!’ I would jump out of bed and I’d just stare at the screen and I’d do every twist, every turn, every bump, every grind. And it was Jackie Wilson; the list goes on and on you know, just phenomenal, unlimited, great talent. It’s very sad to see that these artists really are penniless because they created so much joy for the world and the system, beginning with the record companies, totally took advantage of them. And it’s not like they always say: ‘they built a big house,’ ‘they spent a lot of money,’ ‘they bought a lot of cars’–that’s stupid, it’s an excuse. That’s nothing compared to what artists make. And I just need you to know that this is very important, what we’re fighting for because I’m tired. I’m really, really tired of the manipulation. I’m tired of how the press is manipulating everything that’s been happening in this situation.
They do not tell the truth, they’re liars. And they manipulate our history books. Our history books are not true, it’s a lie. The history books are lies, you need to know that. You must know that. All the forms of popular music from jazz, to Hip Hop to Bebop to Soul, you know, to talking about the different dances from the Cake Walk to the Jitter Bug to the Charleston to Break Dancing—all these are forms of Black dancing! What’s more important than giving people a sense of escapism, and escapism meaning entertainment? What would we be like without a song? What would we be like without a dance, joy and laughter and music? These things are very important, but if we go to the bookstore down on the corner, you won’t see one Black person on the cover. You’ll see Elvis Presley. You’ll see the Rolling Stones. But where are the real pioneers who started it? Otis Blackwell was a prolific phenomenal writer. He wrote some of the greatest Elvis Presley songs ever. And this was a Black man. He died penniless and no one knows about this man, that is, they didn’t write one book about him that I know of because I’ve searched all over the world. And I met his daughter today, and I was too honored. To me it was on the same level of meeting the Queen of England when I met her." - Michael Jackson on Racism [x]