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Michael Jackson Justice: A Michael Jackson Timeline

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Michael Jackson Timeline




May 26, 2010 – A Michael Jackson Timeline

I guess I am the “day after” person. Yesterday was the 25th. Today, I am crying. It’s hard to research videos of interviews, concerts, interactions with fans, visits with children at hospitals and those of Michael just at home having fun (a rare thing he got to do) with his own children, cousins and family, without your heart getting ripped out at what they did to this man.

This morning, as I walked my husband through the garage to say goodbye to him before he went to work, I watched him open the garage door. I was about to go back inside when I heard him say, “Bonnie, Michael left you something . . .”

I thought he was talking about my brother, who was visiting with us just last weekend. I walked over, expected to see something on my car, but my husband pointed down.

There on the floor, exactly where the garage door comes down to meet the concrete, was a single, perfectly formed, three inch long feather. It was then I realized which “Michael” my husband was talking about. I stepped over it to walk him to his truck, watched him leave, then went back to the feather. It almost looked like someone had tried to push the feather under the garage door. It was inside, but not quite as it lay right where the door comes down.

I picked it up and looked at it. Perfect. It was white toward the quill, grey toward the tips. I turned it over and there was some drizzle of something on the feather. It looked like a very thin line of some kind of glue, dried and shiny. Did someone try to stick it under the door? I don’t know, but it now sits at the base of my computer monitor. This feather is different from the others. The other ones were pure white. This one is not, but it is larger. It looks like the feather of a morning dove. I don’t know where it came from or how it got under my garage door, but it’s here.

Working on Michael’s timeline I believe things started to go sour in the press, right after Michael’s success with Thriller and his accomplishment of being the first black artist to break into MTV.

Everyone knows that Michael was born in 1958 on August 29th. He is the seventh of nine surviving children (Marlon had a twin brother who died at birth). He was the 5th . . . and the 1st of the Jackson 5. He was a cherubic boy with big, shiny eyes, an infectious smile, Fred Astaire feet, James Brown rhythm and a voice you could feel from the inside out.

He made his debut as the lead singer of the Jackson 5 the year I was born, in 1964. He progressed to be the most successful entertainer of all time, and the most awarded entertainer of all time.

Michael’s solo career began in 1971, even though he still performed with his brothers under the Jackson 5. In his early years, he still attended church with his mother as a Jehovah’s Witness.

While Michael has credited his mother with his faith and belief in God, he did not have kind memories of his father. Michael has been interviewed discussing the physical punishments doled out by his father, the rehearsals and performances at seedy bars in the middle of the night even as a young child. One episode Marlon had talked about their father holding a young Michael up by one leg and beating him with his hand on his back and bottom. Michael talked about being called names, being called “ugly”, crawling in a bedroom window at night and scaring Michael with a mask on, giving Michael fears of being kidnapped out of his bedroom.
In 1968 Michael and his brothers signed with Motown after spending four years traveling the Midwest clubs and stripteases performing. They won a local talent show and caught the eye of Diana Ross, who introduced them to Berry Gordy.

In 1972, Michael began working on solo albums and by 1975 had four albums released through Motown with “Got to Be There”, “Ben” and the remake of “Rockin Robin”. The brothers began grappling with Motown to allow them more creative control and they eventually gave up and went packing to Epic Records.

In 1975, the Jackson 5 signed with Epic Records, then a subsidiary of CBS Records (career launches of both Frank DiLeo and Tommy Mottola). The group changed their names to “The Jackson’s” to avoid any licensing battles with Motown.

They started touring internationally. Randy, the youngest boy, joined the group and Jermaine was actually the first to leave the Jackson’s to pursue a solo career. The Jackson’s toured and Michael began writing most of the songs they performed such as “Shake Your Body (down to the ground), “This Place Hotel” and “Can You Feel It”.

Between 1976 and 1984 the Jackson’s put out eight albums and went on world tours. Michael was also testing his acting skills in “The Whiz” in which he played the scarecrow. During filming of the movie, Michael was introduced to Quincy Jones who produced Michael’s next solo album “Off the Wall”.

In 1979, Michael fell and broke his nose during a difficult dance routine. After the rhinoplasty he complained of difficulty with breathing and the change in the quality of his voice. A second rhinoplasty was done and later other nose surgeries. Immediately when he changed the shape of his nose, the tabloids started in about him being “ashamed” of his appearance. No other Hollywood personality has endured so much scrutiny and harassment over corrective or cosmetic surgery before, or since. During this time Frank Dileo came aboard Epic Records as Vice President in charge of promotion.

Quincy Jones and Michael produced the “Off the Wall” album and released it in 1979 through Epic Records. The album was hugely successful, it was the first album to generate four top tens, and three awards at the American Music Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and a Grammy. Michael also secured the largest royalty in the music business – 37% of all wholesale album profits.

In 1982, Michael wrote and performed the song “Someone in the Dark” for the storybook “ET, The Extra-Terrestrial” for which Michael won a Grammy for best children’s album. During this time Michael was already working on the album “Thriller” which was released before Christmas of that year. Never having been beaten by any music album before or since, Thriller :

- Was the biggest pop album ever, of any artist
- Best selling album world wide, ever, selling more than 110 million copies
- #1 on the Billboard 200 for 37 consecutive weeks
- Top 10 of the Billboard 200 for 80 consecutive weeks
- First album to have seven Billboard Top 10 singles
- 29 million shipments qualifying it for double diamond status in the U.S.
- At Michael’s royalty rate, he was making approximately $2 an album
- During this time period Michael was also making record profits off of previous songs, merchandise, the video “The Making of Thriller” sold 350,000 copies.
- Music Video “Thriller” the first music video inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

It was during “Thriller” that Michael was introduced to John Branca, who helped him get financing for the music video “Thriller” by making a deal with Showtime to pay for the rights to the “Making of Thriller”.

In 1984, Michael asked Frank Dileo to take over as his business Manager. During 1984, while filming a Pepsi commercial, the pyrotechnics malfunctioned, igniting Michael’s hair, which burned through to the scalp. The horrifying and painful ordeal forced Michael to hide the scaring and missing hair with wigs and weaves. He never fully recovered from the burns and continued to wear wigs to the day he died. He donated the 1.5 million dollar settlement from Pepsi to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, which now has a "Michael Jackson Burn Center" in honor of his donation. The person taking photos of Michael in one of the burn unit hyperbaric chambers Michael purchased for them, sold the photo to a tabloid and the story of his “sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber to lengthen his lifespan” story made it’s rounds.

1983 really began the gunning for Michael’s reputation by the press. Stories began to circulate about Michael’s “weirdness”. Everything from Michael Jackson attempting to buy the Elephant Man’s bones, Michael’s changing appearance surgeries, Michael was gay (even though he was dating Brooke Shields at the time), Michael took female hormones to make his voice higher. Most of the rumors Michael ignored until the sheer ridiculousness prompted him to confront the rumors during a live interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993.

We will end tonight’s update at circa 1984. By now, Michael was already in business with Frank DiLeo as his business manager, John Branca as his attorney during business deals, and Tommy Mottola was managing and mentoring such eighties artists as Hall &Oats, John Cougar Mellencamp, Dianna Ross, Taylor Dayne and Carly Simon. Chances are Mottola and DiLeo were crossing paths here as Dileo was also representing artist Taylor Dayne and had left Epic Records to work with Michael Jackson as his manager. Tommy was working for CBS Records but not until 1987. Michael did not yet own anything but his own songs through CBS records, but he was talking to Paul McCartney about where to put all the money he was now making.


Tomorrow – After Thriller and Into the Music Publishing Business.

3 comments:

  1. Very good info!
    And so sad too :-(
    Thanks!!

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  2. Thank you PCR. So much information to sift through.

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  3. THANKS FOR THE INFO ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON I NOW KNOW LITTLE ABOUT HIS LIFE AND HOW HE BECAME THE BEST POP IN THE WORLD AN WHAT HE HAD DONE FOR SOME SOME PEOPLE THAT IS ILL IN THE HOSPITAL AND THE CHILDREN THAT IS SICK ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

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