“He was driven by his hunger to learn, to constantly top himself, to be the best. He was the consummate student. He studied the greats and became greater. He raised the bar and then BROKE the bar. His talent and creativity thrust him AND entertainment into the stratosphere.” -Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown, on Michael Jackson
In September of 1986, the 4-D film Captain EO premiered at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. The immersive experience was written by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The immersive experience ran at various Disney parks for 12 years before it was closed--but then was brought back in 2010 as a tribute to Michael after his passing. It was shown for the last time at EPCOT on December 6. 2015.
Did you know that Michael Jackson was on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine a total of FIVE times throughout his career? The first time he was just 11 years old. In September of 1987, a cartoon illustration of Michael graced the cover.
Jon Myron Clark, a talented musician but, more important, a kind, generous and caring human being. It was impossible to be a room with Jon without laughing and smiling. Even now, just thinking about him and all of the warm memories he brought everyone it is hard not to smile through the tears at the sad news of his passing at his home in Georgia. Jon will truly be missed by all who were privileged to know him and everyone’s thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace, Jon.
“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It's like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So, I stay in the moment and listen.” - Michael Jackson
“If they say ‘why’ (‘why’)/
Tell them that it’s human nature.”
-Lyrics from “Human Nature”
Michael Jackson’s single “Human Nature” peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts on September 17, 1983....
Where does the track rank among your top Michael songs?
“HIStory is a journey through the struggles of injustice and the ups and downs of life. It is an album that opens with a ‘Scream’ and ends with a ‘Smile.’ It is a cathartic expression of an artist who was expressing his suffering but also his innate optimism.” -Andy Healy, Albumism.com
Michael was a trendsetter and fashion pioneer, both on and off-stage. From his extravagant accessories: fedora and single sequined glove, to his vast collection of embellished military jackets, Michael’s colorful style continues to have an influence on the modern creative.
Which of Michael’s iconic looks is your favorite?
In September of 1993, Michael Jackson visited Tel Aviv during the Israeli leg of his Dangerous World Tour. During a day of rest between two scheduled concerts, Michael spent his time cheering up cancer and transplant patients at nearby children’s hospitals.
“Jackson’s philosophy for overcoming racism was simple: he would make everything he did so good it simply couldn’t be denied.” -Joseph Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson
Photo: Michael on the set of “Black or White.”
“While some critics have been slow to recognize its place among popular music’s elite recordings, ‘Man In The Mirror’ stands with such classics as John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On,’ and The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ as one of the great social anthems of the modern age.” -Joseph Vogel, author of 'Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson'
“Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut, just let it go. Michael Jackson changed me and helped me to become the artist that I am. Thank you, Michael.” - Beyoncé
Happy BEY Day, Beyoncé!
Photo: Michael and Beyoncé at the 2003 Radio Music Awards
“Nowhere will his contribution be more obvious and his influence more strongly felt than in the world of dance. No choreographer of the last 30 years has been unaware of Jackson's achievement. He rewrote the vocabulary of dance for everyone, from kids competing in talent shows to the royal ballets of Europe.” - Germain Greer, The Guardian
“I am here with you/
Though we're far apart/
You're always in my heart/
But you are not alone.”
-Lyrics from “You Are Not Alone”
This week in 1995, Michael’s pop and R&B ballad “You Are Not Alone” became the first song in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts.
“I believe in wishes and in a person’s ability to make a wish come true. Whenever I saw a sunset I would quietly make my secret wish right before the sun tucked under the western horizon and disappeared. It would seem as if the sun had taken my wish with it.” -Michael Jackson
“It’s almost like the way he dances is coming out of his mouth, and then I can turn that into a drum track. Then we have a drum track that’s made for Michael’s brain.” – Brad Buxer on working with Michael Jackson.