Today in Michael Jackson History January 19th
1977 - The first new episode, of The Jacksons CBS-TV variety co-starring Redd Foxx, was broadcast on January 19, 1977. Eight Episodes were taped and broadcast in early 1977, but unfortunately after that the variety show genre had burned itself out, and the show was canceled alongside its counter parts.
1980 - "Rock With You" become's Off The Wall's album's second #1 single, reaching the top of the pop singles chart the week of January 19, 1980 and remaining there for four weeks. Rock With You was also the album's second single to reach #1 position on the black singles chart.
1993 - Michael Jackson performs "Gone To Soon" and "Heal The World "at the 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala held in Washington, DC. for President Clinton. Michael walked through the crowd to the stage dressed in black pants and a red military style shirt, with his hair pulled back in a ponytail. He first addressed the very soon to be President on the need for continued and increased funding for AIDS research. Then he speaks about his friend Ryan White, who was diagnosed with the AIDS virus when he was only 11 and died shortly after turning 18. Michael then dedicates and sings his anthem "Gone to soon" for his friend Ryan White, his voice cracking with emotion at the last lines. Several children then joined Michael on stage for his song "Heal the World", which he dedicated to "All the children of the world".
2002 - Michael Jackson receives the Award for 'Best International Male Singer' at the NRJ Awards which took place in Cannes, France. He did not attend the Award show. The NRJ Music Awards, created in 2000 by the radio station NRJ in partnership with the television network TF1 takes place every year in mid-January at Cannes (PACA, France) They give out awards to popular musicians by different categories. In 2008 Michael Jackson was awarded the NRJ Award of Honor. It was there that he annouced that there was much more to see of Michael Jackson and that he was working on songs for his Thriller 25th Anniversary Album.
PICTURE OF THE DAY
Michael Jackson with Hillary, Chelsea, Bill Clinton & Stevie Nicks at Presidential Gala
SONG OF THE DAY
Rock With You - Diana Ross Special 1981
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Michael Jackson - Gone Too Soon & Heal The World (52nd Presidential Gala)
Short Skit with Redd Foxx on The Jacksons Variety Show
QUOTE OF THE DAY
" when I was little I used to stay with Diana Ross,
me and my brothers stayed with her for years and
I never said, but I always had a crush on her."
~ Michael Jackson
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