Source: MJ WAS A CUTIE PIE
“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” was released on December 8, 1978 as single from the Jackson’s Destiny album and peaked in the Spring 1979.
The first performance of “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” was on the second leg of The Jackson’s Destiny Tour in 1979. Later, it was performed on the Triumph Tour in 1981, the Victory Tour in 1984 and the Bad Tour in 1987. The song was also performed during the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in September 2001. This would be the last song performed live by the Jackson’s together on stage.
Michael planned to include this number for the 2009 ‘This Is It’ tour. The rehearsal footage from TII mostly contains the newly incorporated moves of the background dancers, so we don’t get to see much of Michael taking the lead as in previous years. It is not clear from watching the footage, if the song was intended to be a whole melody or just an intermittent snippet between routines.
In 2011, the song was remixed and released on the deluxe edition of the Michael Jackson’s Immortal album.
I was watching different versions of this song and decided to put together a comparison to show how Michael’s performances of SYB changed over the years as he got older. Please see below.
Midnight Special TV Show – Shake Your Body 1979
Shake Your Body 1981 Triump Tour And 1984 Victory Tour (Montage)
BAD Tour 1987 (LIVE)
Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration
This Is It