Katharine Hepburn And Michael Jackson’s Friendship

Sources: Closer Weekly | All Things Michael

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In their new book, ‘In the Company of Legends’ — due out April 16 — Joan Kramer and David Heeley share stories of interviewing Hollywood greats over their 35-year career as documentarians.

Preparing to sit down with Katharine Hepburn in the early ’80s, they discovered she had an unlikely friendship with none other than Michael Jackson. Read an excerpt from the book below.

“I met Michael when I was up at Squam Lake in New Hampshire making On Golden Pond, and he came to visit Jane Fonda,” Kate said. “They were already friends. She introduced him to me, and he was very soft-spoken and sweet.”

“Then, Jane said to me, ‘I have to go back to LA for the weekend. Could you look after Michael?’ I said, ‘What the hell am I supposed to do with this kid? I hardly know him.’”

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“‘Oh, you’ll find things to do,’ she said. ‘He’s crazy about you.’ She’d found him a room in the attic of an old house. When I went there on Saturday morning, the room looked like a hurricane had hit it.”

“I said, ‘Michael, clean up this place — right now.’ And he said, ‘Yes, Miss Hepburn,’ in a voice I could hardly hear, and he began picking up all those clothes and piling them on a chair. I said to him, ‘Don’t you ever do your laundry?’ And he said, ‘Someone usually does that for me.’”

“I said, ‘Come with me. We’re going to a laundromat just down the street.’” Kate showed Michael how to feed quarters into the washing machines.

To read the full story on Katharine and Michael, pick up the new issue of ‘Closer Weekly,’ on newsstands now.

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WATCHING SOUL TRAIN WITH MICHAEL JACKSON TRACKS IS THE BEST THING EVER

Sources: Stoney Roads | All Things Michael

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Two things we’re missing, Soul Train and early Michael Jackson but thanks to the internet the two can be easily tapped into together!

Soul Train was first aired in 1971 and was presented as a youth orientated dance program that had such success it featured a whole number of special guests, from Daddy Kane to Boney M and even The Beastie Boys.

The show was split up into two segments, one a ‘Scramble Board’ where dancers were given 60 seconds to unscramble letters of a guest or prominent figure in African American culture and the more widely known ‘Soul Train Line’.

The later featured youths of all backgrounds forming two lines with singles and doubles given the chance to dance their 60 seconds of fame.

Michael Jackson remains to this day the undisputed King of Pop and also featured on the show but more commonly his music was the soundtrack to some serious shape cutting.

Together they form some of the best footage you’ll ever see with enough moves to make you get off your bad thing for a boogie!

Don’t stop till you get enough… 

Michael actually appeared in the program in his younger years with his brothers as Jackson 5 and performed “Dancing Machine” as well as busting out the freakin’ robot.

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Staged Fight: Slash’s Eternal Guitar Solo “Upsets” Michael Jackson (Video)

Sources: Guitar World | All Things Michael

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Remember the time Slash overstayed his welcome during a live appearance with Michael Jackson?

We didn’t either—until we stumbled upon this wacky video!

In the clip, which you can check out below, itseems as though Slash reeeeally doesn’t wasn’t to get off the stage—and doesn’t want his guitar solo to end.

Meanwhile, an “outraged” Jackson keeps dancing, hoping Slash will take the hint … but he doesn’t. Jackson even sidles up to the guitarist and tells him (OK, screams at him!) to stop playing … to no avail. Next, Jackson’s crew gets involved, and Slash fights them off!

Obviously, this event was staged—a total fake. We all know Slash is a humble guy and one of the nicest personalities in rock. Either way, the clip is enjoyable in its own deranged way.

 

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Pop Culture’s Most Luxurious Jheri Curls [Photos]

Sources: Hip Hop Wired – By Lee Van | All Things Michael

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Whether you opted for a “texturizer,” an Optimum, or the more traditional S-Curl, Jheri Curl kits are one of those ’80s traditions that nobody can deny. There’s all kinds of photographic proof, which makes the Jheri Curl one of the most iconic black hairstyles of all time.

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The curl reigned supreme, having been adopted by athletes, musicians, and actors as well as the average Joe. Here, we pay homage to pop culture’s most luxurious Jheri Curls.

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Shield Group and Topsgrup Chairman Dr. Richie Nanda Talks About Guarding Michael Jackson In India

Sources: Management Today | Director | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Richie Nanda is the chairman of India’s largest security company Topsgrup, employing 93,000 people. Following the completion of a takeover in 2012, he’s now also boss of The Shield Group, one of the top 10 security companies in the UK.

Michael Jackson was always my hero. He was a very vulnerable, innocent person and very gullible. I was guarding him for four days. I didn’t sleep at all.

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The major breakthrough for Tops came in 1996, when the company won the contract to provide security for Michael Jackson’s visit to Mumbai: “We secured the whole event, and made sure it was done seamlessly,” he says. “But people saw me next to Michael Jackson in the press, and said ‘wow, you can handle his security’ – and then they started believing in us. This is how you get references. In 23 years, my advertising has all been through word of mouth.”

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They May Not Have Made $72 Million, But They Were at No. 1 Before High School: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and More

Sources: Music Times | All Things Michael

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Today’s hot story: A student at the esteemed Stuyvesant High School has reportedly made more than $72 million while playing the stock market during his lunch break. The Queens resident, who is being referred to as the “Teen Wolf (of Wall Street)” is also rumored to have already bought a BMW with the payouts, although he doesn’t have a license to drive it. It’s tough to compare big time investors such as this prodigy will probably become with musicians, because investors just make more money. Period. We can compare this young man to those in the music industry who got their starts at an incredibly young age.

Check out this group of performers and when they hit no. 1 for the first time.

Michael Jackson and “I Want You Back” (Age: 11)

Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 make up the aforementioned Motown you-know-who and the aforementioned brothers pop group bigger than The Osmonds. The group was especially interesting that the headliner was youngest brother Michael from the get-go. Another thing this group has on the other acts on this list: They didn’t peak with a no. 1 and then wait for a decade for another. The vocal group’s first four singles all went to no. 1, beginning with “I Want You Back” and continuing with “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.” It would;t be too long before they were the main draw over Diana Ross, who’s listed as “presenting” the band on its first album for commercial purposes.

Donny Osmond and “Go Away Little Girl” (Age: 13)

Donny Osmond was the most famous member (perhaps with competition from his sister Marie) of the second most popular act in the oddly large “brother pop group” subcategory. The Osmonds group, featuring all (then) seven siblings, hit the big time after appearing on The Andy Williams Show during the ’60s, which opened up the way for the individual members to create solo careers for themselves as well. “Go Away Little Girl” was also Osmond’s second single (and it would be his only one to peak at no. 1). Perhaps he was trying to show some early teenage spunk by labeling others as “little” despite his own age.

Michael Jackson and “I Want You Back” (Age: 11)

Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 make up the aforementioned Motown you-know-who and the aforementioned brothers pop group bigger than The Osmonds. The group was especially interesting that the headliner was youngest brother Michael from the get-go. Another thing this group has on the other acts on this list: They didn’t peak with a no. 1 and then wait for a decade for another. The vocal group’s first four singles all went to no. 1, beginning with “I Want You Back” and continuing with “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.” It would;t be too long before they were the main draw over Diana Ross, who’s listed as “presenting” the band on its first album for commercial purposes.

Stevie Wonder and “Fingertips – Part 1 & 2″ (Age: 12)

If you thought you-know-who was the only boy wonder working under the Motown label, you’d be incorrect. Stevie (then under his legal surname “Morris”) Wonder was signed by Berry Gordy to the label at the age of 11, where producer Clarence Paul dubbed him “Little Stevie Wonder” for his prodigious skills. His unusually young age led to Motown setting up a system where he and his mother would be paid a weekly stipend and his royalties would feed into a trust fund that he could access when he turned 21. In short, he had a massive amount of money to pay for the bar tab at his 21st birthday. His first single to crack the Hot 100 was “Fingertips – Part 1 & 2,” which went to the top. It wouldn’t be until the classic ’72 single “Superstition” that he would hit the top spot again (admittedly a lot would follow after that). The best part about this single? Wonder still looks about as cool as a cat can get on the album art at age 12, wearing his trademark shades.

Helen Shapiro and “You Don’t Know” (Age: 14)

Pop and jazz vocalist Helen Shapiro was 14 when her second single, “You Don’t Know,” topped the British charts and made her the youngest female in the country’s history to do so. She narrowly missed with her first single, the appropriately titled “Don’t Treat Me Like A Child.” Her advanced chart topping might have been due to her deep timbre, an unusual voice quality for someone so young (which reportedly led to her being nicknamed “Foghorn” at school). She had some big-name (literal) support: Her first band featured Marc Bolan on guitar before he found fame with T-Rex and The Beatles first British tour was as her supporting act.

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On This Day In History: Michael And Janet Jackson Attend The Music Concert For ‘Elvis – The Tribute’ In 1994

Sources: Media Sights – Marc Bergman | All Things Michael

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The two-hour musical concert “Elvis – The Tribute” aired on ABC on this day in 1994 with host John Stamos and performances including Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett, Michael Bolton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and U2. Lisa Marie Presley (who was then married to Michael Jackson) and Priscilla Presley were also featured.

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“Wetten, dass..?” Germany’s Most Successful TV Show Comes To An End

Sources: Yahoo News | Edited By – All Things Michael

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s most successful TV show is ending after a 33-year-run.

“Wetten, dass..?” — or “Wanna bet?” — combined celebrity chat and everyday people performing improbable feats, from opening beer bottles with steamrollers to identifying animal dung by its smell.

Seen roughly six times a year and always on a Saturday night, the show aired more than 200 times, and attracted over 20 million viewers in the 1980s.

But audiences grew tired of the formula, and viewership dropped as criticism grew.

Foreign guests expressed bewilderment at the antics of the contestants and host, and a horrific on-air accident in 2010 that left a man paralyzed helped hasten its demise.

Public broadcaster ZDF says guests on Saturday’s final show will include American actor Ben Stiller and former figure skating champion Katarina Witt.

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