The Trials of Michael Jackson: The Media Exposed – A Place In Your Heart Radio – June 13

Sources:  A Place In Your Heart Radio – Rev. Catherine Gross | Gregory Son| All Things Michael


The Trials of Michael Jackson is an extraordinary documentary/movie. Dana Gedrick and Barry Shaw, who produced the movie, came like others to film the trial. However, as they began to see the unspeakable reality, they stopped filming the trial. They began to film the media and the fans. “No one could have been prepared for what was to come. They had not anticipated all the compassion that would come from Michael’s fans, more importantly, they had no idea of how vicious the media was. Money grabbing media had already prepared headline reading guilty, and the verdict hadn’t even come in! Journalists, who for money did all they could possibly do remove fans from the trial, even assaulting them. The trial was a money maker for journalists, but this movie was their nightmare!

“The Trials of Michael Jackson offers a seldom seen before and fascinating look into the workings of how the media reported on the Michael Jackson trial in 2005. I highly recommend it. It reveals eye-opening insights into how the media operates behind the scenes in order to present their version of the “truth”. From reporters rehearsing a guilty speech before the verdict was even announced, to their reactions when the camera was turned on them for a change, to their attempts at manipulating the fans and how those in support of Michael were viewed.

Broadcast date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 4pm pacific, 6pm central, 7:00 pm eastern

Special guests: Dana Gedrick and Gregory Son

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Michael Jackson, Prince And More: The Best of The Apollo’s Last 30 Years

Sources: Music Times – By Ryan Book | All Things Michael


New York City is full of famous music venues but few if any can live up to the flory of The Apollo Theater in Harlem, which has hosted the legendary Amateur Night for more than 50 years, as well as playing host to James Brown‘sLive at the Apollo, which many consider to be among the greatest live albums of all time. Few realize the dark period the venue went through during the ’70s and ’80s however, totaling nearly ten years where the famous stage was closed. It would be bought and given a shot in the arm however, reopening during May 1985, ready again to host the rowdiest of concerts. Music Times has dug through the last 30 years to find some of the most momentous events and great concerts held at The Apollo since it reopened.

“Motown Salutes The Apollo” (1985)

It’s only fitting that one of the biggest night’s in the venue’s history was the night the concert hall reopened. Motown hails from Detroit, of course, but no one at Berry Gordy‘s label would deny the role that the Apollo had in popularizing its biggest acts thanks to its touring Motown Revue. After all, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 had played Amateur Night before becoming one of the biggest acts out of Motown. It was a concert experience that goes beyond the imagination of those who could only watch on TV: Stevie Wonder, Little Richard, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Wilson Pickett were among the former members of the Motown label in attendance. On top of that, other stars affiliated with other labels—such as Rod Stewart, George Michael and Al Green stopped by as well. The night was emceed by Bill Cosby (who cut his teeth as a comedian upon the same stage), but of course the highlight of the night was the appearance by James Brown, the performer who above all made the venue legendary. The event also saluted the 50th anniversary of the theater’s founding, not just its renovation.

Mariah Carey (1990)

Mariah Carey was going to make it, regardless of how her performance at The Apollo went. She had already been singed to Columbia Records and she was prepared to release her debut self-titled album that year. Nonetheless, an appearance for the native New Yorker at one of the shrines to R&B and soul music provided a test of will. As many a contestant at Amateur Night has found out, the audience at the Apollo doesn’t necessarily count politeness among its best qualities: If you hit the spot, you’ll be rewarded with cheers. If you don’t, expect the boos and catcalls to rain down until someone escorts you from the stage. Carey stood and delivered, hitting all the notes that have continued to awe critics for more than 25 years. Some have argued that even then, before having any of her record-setting no. 1s, she had diva down. That said, not everyone who gets booed out of the Apollo is a failure. Lauryn Hill got bashed at the young age of 13 but obviously fought her way back into music’s good graces.

Prince (1993)

Just ask anyone who watched the Super Bowl during 2007: Prince is a pretty great live performer. The Purple One brought his smashing live performance to The Apollo as part of the Showtime At The Apollo program, which had been going for six year at that point. Being a bigger act than normal, the concert was also broadcast on VH1 and MTV. Although, technically the performer wasn’t Prince on that night…it was the ankh-arrow (“love symbol #2″) that Prince had adopted as his name at the time, becoming what we now know as “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.” Regardless of his title, few performers best sum up the history of The Apollo like Prince: His R&B stylings and passionate vocals might be obvious homages, but his soulful guitar playing also hails to another performer that had once graced the same stage: Jimi Hendrix. That legendary player once won the top prize at amateur night with his guitar.

Tony Bennett (1997)

Tony Bennett might not seem like an obvious performer for The Apollo but had to know in 1997 that the venue was essential for the show he was going to perform. He had released the album Bennett on Holiday as a tribute to Billie Holiday that year, featuring 19 tracks from the deceased icon’s career. She was just another of the many performers that became legends while performing at The Apollo and Bennett intended to honor her at the same venue. Although he had solid out multiple shows at Carnegie Hall that week, he insisted that his show in Harlem have ticket prices realistic enough for fans both rich and less so to intend. Thus he rolled prices back to $8.50, the cost of a ticket to Holiday’s last show at the venue in 1957 (that price also got you a movie back then). He closed with Holiday’s famous “God Bless The Child.”

Michael Jackson (2002)

The de facto star of the Jackson 5 was unable to attend the Motown Salutes show as a result of being the biggest performer in the universe at that moment. He did, however, come into town for a Democratic National Convention fundraiser that was held at the theatre during 2002. Jackson, then 43, played hits such as “Dangerous” and “Black Or World.” Although other performers, such as the aforementioned Diana Ross and Tony Bennett, as well as k.d. lang were on hand, most of the attention was on Jackson, who performed less and less during those years. Tickets pushed $5,000 for the gig, resulting in nearly $3 million raised for the “Every Vote Counts” campaign. The show would be notable for a far more unfortunate reason however: It was the last time that Jackson ever performed publicly.


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Liberian Girl: When Michael Jackson Outdid Taylor Swift

Sources: Digital Spy – By Matt Hill | All Things Michael

MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON (Aug. 29, 1958 - Jun. 25, 2009) American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman – the 'King of Pop.' Seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5. Solo career in 1971.  Five of his solo studio albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995). Jacko's MTV videos were legendary, such as 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller', 'Black or White' and 'Scream' - credited for transforming the music video into an art form. Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. Distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists. Personal life, included his changing appearance and behavior, generated significant controversy, damaging his public image. 1993 and 2005, accused of child sexual abuse, Jackson was not charged in 93 and acquitted in 2005. Jackson married twice and fathered three children. 13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career - more than any other male artist and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. PICTURED: 1989 - Los Angeles - Michael during the filming of 'Liberian Girl' at the Chaplin stage A&M studio's in LA.

So the world’s gone crazy for Taylor Swift‘s much-anticipated, celebrity-laden ‘Bad Blood’ video, with just the 18 famous chums along to sell the clip.

Very impressive indeed, but there was a time, before Taylor was born – but the same year, no less – when celebrity music-video entourages rolled even deeper.

In fact, the then-King of Pop, Michael Jackson, roped in more than 30 of his most famous friends to loiter on a film lot waiting for him just to turn up for the ‘Liberian Girl’ video in 1989.

Yeah, rocking a gang of butt-kicking BFFs is all well and good nowadays, but the real sign of fame in the Eighties was who would turn up to a party if you weren’t even there.

The full cast list, surely the most OTT in music-video history, reads as a who’s who of Eighties film and TV royalty: Steven Spielberg, John Travolta, Dan Aykroyd, Carl Weathers, Whoopi Goldberg, Debbie Wilson, Corey Feldman, Olivia Newton-John, Danny Glover, Steve Guttenberg, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Rosanna Arquette, Billy Dee Williams, Lou ‘Incredible Hulk’ Ferrigno, David Copperfield, Brigitte Nielsen, Jackie Collins, Lou Diamond Phillips, Suzanne Somers, Paul Abdul, a very young Mayim Bialik and even Don King.

How many did you spot? And how many of them are still in regular employment?

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Revisiting Center Stage: “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Sources: All Things Michael | Center Stage


Fifteen years ago, an amazing teen dance flick with an awesome soundtrack was born. Nicholas Hytner directed the 2000 film Center Stage, which focuses on a group of young dancers from different backgrounds enrolled at a fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City.


Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” is one of the great performance soundtracks featured in the film’s reenactment of this classic song. The dance depicts the original short film’s concept of a young suitor chasing and wooing the girl of his affections, but with a different twist. The scene is composed of a unique mixture of ballet, modern dance and props.

For the short film, Michael incorporated some slick moves (see 5: 13 below) enhanced in silhouette form for dramatic effect. Even his clothes became a prop in the story, with the white belt,  t-shirt, blue shirt and trademark shoes and socks that we have come to recognize. But we can never forget the most crucial element throughout the film….the master himself.  He always left his audiences wanting more with each spell bounding performance to his amazing voice that stopped everyone on the set in their tracks.

40 Years Ago: The Jackson 5 Release Their Final Album For Motown

Sources: Boombox – By Bryan Wawzenek | All Things Michael


The problem with having your first four singles all rise to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, amidst mass pop music hysteria, is that there’s nowhere to go but down. That was the story of the Jackson 5 in the early ’70s. Only a few years removed from “ABC” and “I’ll Be There,” the boys were struggling to score hits, which had seemed to come like magic.

That’s not to say the Jackson boys were has-beens by 1975. They remained a popular touring act, especially as manager/father Joe Jackson helped create a Vegas-style cabaret show that featured roles for many of his children, not just the ones in the Jackson 5. Plus, by altering the group’s sound to mirror the funk and disco of the mid-’70s, Motown had at least kept the group on trend.

What you hear on Moving Violation, the group’s 11th studio album, released on May 15, 1975, is Motown’s last attempt to keep the Jackson 5 alive as a disco outfit – hence the glossy cover of the Supremes’ “Forever Came Today,” which stalled at No. 60 on the charts. Sales for the album were a disappointment as well, 1.6 million copies worldwide made for easily the worst performing Jackson 5 album.

It’s not without some irony that the Jackson 5’s last recording for Motown was titled Moving Violation. Following the release of their 1975 LP, the brothers from Indiana would indeed be moving. Joe secured a new deal for his sons with Epic Records, featuring a contract that would allow for more creative input from the singing group, along with a larger cut of royalties.

The violation came about when the Jackson 5 were surprised to learn that Motown head honcho Berry Gordy owned the rights to the group’s name. Sure, they could switch to Epic but the “Jackson 5” name was staying with Gordy.

That wasn’t the only part of the quintet that would remain at Motown. When his brothers split, Jermaine Jackson decided to remain with Motown. Although Jermaine claimed at the time that he felt he was being treated fairly by the label, his decision likely had more to do with his 1973 marriage to Berry Gordy’s daughter. While Jermaine chose his new family over his old one and put all his efforts behind a solo career at Motown, the other four brothers added a new member, little brother Randy Jackson (not to be confused with the one-time American Idol judge). Michael, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Randy would now be known as, simply, the Jacksons.

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On This Day In MJ History: Michael Jackson Receives The Presidential Humanitarian Award

Sources: CBS News – By Mark Knoller | All Things Michael


Michael Jackson’s visit to the Reagan White House in 1984. “Well, isn’t this a thriller,” Reagan began his remarks.

So many reporters and White House staff wanted to see Jackson, Reagan said “I haven’t seen this many people since we left China.”

Reagan called Jackson: “one of the most talented, most popular, and most exciting super stars in the music world today.”

Reagan told Jackson he had a message for him from young folks: “They said to tell Michael, Please give some TLC to the PHYs.” (pretty young things)

Reagan also urged Jackson to make Washington part of his next tour. “…we want you back,” said Reagan. (like the song title. I got that one.)

Jackson had come to the Reagan White House May 14, 1984, to lend support to the White House program against drunk driving and alcohol and drug abuse.

Reagan said: “Michael, you’ve made it possible for us to warn millions of young Americans about the dangers of drinking and driving.”

Reagan commended Jackson saying he’s “proof of what a person can accomplish through a lifestyle free of alcohol or drug abuse.”

Reagan said with Jackson’s help, U.S. can face problem of drinking and driving and “beat it.” (another title reference I got).

Jackson’s only words at that White House event: “I’m very, very honored. Thank you very much, Mr. President and Mrs. Reagan.”

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45 Years Ago: Jackson 5 Release ‘ABC’ Album

Sources: Boombox | All Things Michael

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It may have looked as easy as “ABC,” but the Jackson 5 — Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, and Tito — were working extraordinarily hard in 1970. Immediately after scoring their debut No. 1 hit “I Want You Back” then releasing their Top 10 debut album Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, the boys from Indiana were back in the studio, toiling for the Motown factory and its constant desire for new music.

The debut LP had only hit shelves just before Christmas 1969 and “I Want You Back” had topped the charts a month later, but the Jacksons were back in February, releasing their next soon-to-be hit single. As with the band’s first smash, “ABC” was written by The Corporation. This collective of writers and producers included Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Motown head honcho Berry Gordy. They would be responsible for nearly all of the brothers’ big hits in the ’70s.

“ABC” was crafted in the shadow of “I Want You Back,” with the new single’s verses loosely following the pattern of the first hit’s choruses. The sound-alike qualities of the song proved only to be a benefit. Before long, the single also rose to the top of the charts, knocking the Beatles’ “Let it Be” from the No. 1 spot (which has been perceived as a passing of the torch from one generation of pop stars to the next).

Of course, at the center of all of this remained the Jackson 5′s lead singer. Little Michael Jackson was only 11 at the time, yet he wasn’t merely a novelty. Michael sang with the conviction — the soul — of an adult musician, even when he was belting goofy school-related similes for romance.

On the heels of the smashing success of “ABC,” the Jacksons released their second album, also titled ABC, on May 8, 1970. This release arrived just six months after their first LP. Like the group’s debut, the album featured a smattering of Motown covers (as well as songs made famous by Funkadelic and the Delfonics). A listen through the 12 tracks on the project also finds their take on two Stevie Wonder songs: “Don’t Know Why I Love You” and “Never Had a Dream Come True.”

In addition to covers, the effort also featured a fair amount of new material from the Corporation, which has made ABC (arguably) the band’s most consistent album. One of the Corporation’s ditties was album-opener “The Love You Save.” Michael and Jermaine shared lead vocals, while Marlon, Jackie and Tito provided the background, on the single that was released just after the album came out. It wasn’t only the band’s third single; it was their third No. 1.

The group’s streak of hitting the top of the charts would continue through 1970, which would see the release of two more full-length Jackson 5 albums and one more blockbusting chart-topper. Jackson mania was in full force.

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13 Pieces Of Film History We Really Want From Rick Baker’s Prop Auction

Sources: 89.3KPCC – By Miked Row| All Things Michael

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Rick Baker is the make-up and creature effects artist behind iconic moments from the 1970s to today. You’ve seen his work in “Star Wars,” “An American Werewolf in London,” ” The Ring,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and dozens more. Now, he’s auctioning off hundreds of pieces from a career in transformation.

“After he decided to downsize his facility, we had the great privilege of working alongside Baker for several weeks to clear more than thirty years of make-up history from his studio in preparation for auction,” according to a statement from the company behind the auction, Prop Store. “While Rick Baker retained a number of his favorite pieces, he simply no longer had room to keep all of the wonderful items from his career.”

The items go up for auction May 29 at the Hilton Universal City.

“Each of these creations is a part of a story, both from the film that inspired them and from my own life,” Baker writes in the auction catalog. “I have greatly enjoyed reliving it while putting together this collection.”

Check out photos of some of our favorite items, as well as shots from those pieces in action.








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