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    Iconic 'Ed Sullivan' performances of Jackson 5, Supremes, Marvin Gaye finally go online

    We’ve got a reeeally big show headed to the internet.

    A massive trove of digitally restored clips from “The Ed Sullivan Show” will arrive online during the next three years, reviving more than 10,000 long-buried performances and guest appearances from the iconic variety show.

    The global streaming project launches today with seven clips on YouTube and other platforms — a Motown-dominated batch of videos that includes performances by Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and Temptations and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

    They’re the tip of a cultural iceberg contained in the “Ed Sullivan Show” archives: The Sunday night program ran from 1948 through 1971 on CBS, piping the rock ‘ n’ roll revolution, Hollywood glitz and Detroit’s Motown sparkle into American living rooms alongside Broadway, opera, vaudeville, comedy and novelty acts.

    Amid the blossoming rock era, the show served up its share of cultural milestones — Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones — while providing a then-unprecedented prime-time launch pad to black performers, including the first nationwide glimpse of an 11-year-old Michael Jackson in 1969.

    Ross and the Supremes were among the Sullivan show’s prolific guests during the ‘60s. From their December 1964 debut in black-and-white performing “Come See About Me” through their full-color bow five years later with “Someday We’ll Be Together,” the group appeared 17 times.

    “If it wasn't the Supremes, it was Richard Pryor or Alan King, one of the old Borsch comics, or a scene from a Broadway show or Henry Fonda reading the Gettysburg Address,” said Vince Calandra, a longtime show staffer. “It was a smorgasbord, but it was America. It was simple, but it was big.”

    Universal Music Enterprises acquired digital rights to the Sullivan catalog in a deal with SOFA Entertainment, which purchased the show’s library in 1990.

    “‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ is iconic for essentially creating this format and for providing a forum some of the most influential voices and cultural moments of all time,” said UME President and CEO Bruce Resnikoff. “We believe there is an incredible opportunity to introduce this show and these unforgettable appearances to new audiences around the world.”

    Two decades into the digital age, the Sullivan archives were among the most significant cultural caches to have sat sidelined from the web.

    Videos from the iconic variety show have circulated on bootlegs for decades and in specially themed DVD packages released by SOFA. A handful of show material made its way online over the years — the Beatles’ historic 1964 performances are posted on the band’s official YouTube channel, for instance — and SOFA posted truncated tidbits online through the years.

    But the company largely resisted the internet, quick to police its copyrights and yank unauthorized versions of show footage from the web. So the videos premiering today mark a breakthrough for a historic catalog of Americana.

    “This is the end of the rainbow,” said Calandra. “People must see these clips. They have to. Not only will they enjoy them, but they’ll understand what it was like back then, especially for families.”

    Calandra was in the thick of the Sullivan action. Having moved his way up from the CBS mailroom to handling cue cards on the set, he ultimately earned a role as a talent buyer. In Beatles’ lore, he’s best known for subbing in for George Harrison during rehearsals in February 1964 — donning a guitar and wig while the guitarist nursed a fever back in his New York City hotel room.

    Sullivan was particularly affectionate of Motown and its roster of young Detroit talent, Calandra said. The bond came with a key personal link: The host was tight with Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins, an old friend from their days at New York’s Cotton Club.

    “Motown could do no wrong on our show. I mean, they a well-oiled machine. They were like the New York Yankees,” said Calandra. “The choreography, the arrangements, the musicians, the costuming, was always first class all the way.”

    The platform provided by Sullivan proved crucial to the label’s crossover success, and came at a critical time in the bigger civil-rights picture. Oprah Winfrey has famously pointed to the Supremes’ debut appearance in ‘64 as a life-changing moment — a realization for a 10-year-old black girl that big possibilities were within reach.

    “I had never seen black women on television … or anywhere for that matter, who conveyed such glamour and such grace,” Winfrey said on air in 1993.

    Ross and the Supremes impressed with their onstage versatility, including a starring role in a Sullivan tribute to Irving Berlin’s traditional pop classics. And as the ‘60s wound on, Sullivan was willing to grow with the times, embracing a touch of realistic grittiness.

    Calandra recalled the Supremes’ September 1968 rehearsals for a performance of “Love Child,” the trio’s groundbreaking single about an out-of-wedlock birth in the inner city. As they worked through the number in their standard gowns and made-up hair, Motown chief Berry Gordy stepped in.

    “This doesn’t look right,” Calandra recounted Gordy saying.

    The plan was quickly revamped, and the group was outfitted in sweatshirts and jeans.

    “So instead of having this unbelievable set with the crystals and the chandeliers, we came up with this simplified look of ‘Love Child,’” Calandra said. “And it was amazing.”

    The "Love Child" performance will debut on YouTube Monday.

    His lingering memory of the Jackson 5's debut in 1969 was a "cute and talented" 11-year-old kid cutting loose around the studio during rehearsals, continually having to be wrangled by show staffers. Much like the Beatles five years earlier, Calandra confessed, he didn't foresee the superstardom that lay ahead for Michael Jackson: “Who knew this was going to happen?”

    "If could tell you that I thought the Beatles were going to be the Beatles, or Motown was going to be Motown, I'd really be lying to you," he said. "Because we really did not know, seriously."

    But Calandra is certainly well aware now of the enduring, game-changing impact of the artists who made their way to "The Ed Sullivan Show" stage. And he hopes the thousands of videos set to make their way online can introduce the legacy to new fans.

    "The show has been off the air for 50 years now. There's an audience of people that aren't not familiar with it, and they really should have a look," he said. "Families should really sit around and say, 'Hey, Hey, this is what it was like in the '50s and '60s when we would get together with the TV dinner and watch the Ed Sullivan Show at eight o'clock."

    "The Ed Sullivan Show" initial release schedule:

    June 12: Marvin Gaye, "Take This Heart Of Mine" (June 19, 1966)

    June 12: The Supremes, "You Can't Hurry Love" (Sept. 25, 1966)

    June 12: The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations" (Oct. 13, 1968)

    June 12: The Temptations, "I Can't Get Next To You" (Sept. 28, 1969)

    June 12: Neil Diamond, "Sweet Caroline" (Nov. 30, 1969)

    June 12: The Jackson 5, "Stand!" (Dec. 14, 1969)

    June 12: Gladys Knight & The Pips, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (March 29, 1970)

    June 13: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Yesterday" (March 31, 1968)

    June 14: Four Tops, "Reach Out I'll Be There" (Oct. 16, 1966)

    June 14: The The Jackson 5, "I Want You Back" (Dec. 14, 1969)

    June 15: Diana Ross & The Supremes, "Love Child" (Jan. 5, 1969)

    June 16: The Temptations, (medley) "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)," "All I Need," "My Girl," "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (May 28, 1967)

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    Groups mark Michael Jackson Innocent Day on 15th anniversary of verdict in Santa Maria
    Santa Maria Times, Kenny Cress, Jun 13, 2020

    The 15-Year Anniversary Michael Jackson Innocent Day took place Saturday in front of the Santa Barbara County Superior Courthouse in Santa Maria on Cook Street.

    It was 15 years to the day that inside that courthouse, late pop music icon Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges in connection with accusations that he molested a 13-year old boy he had befriended as the youngster was recovering from cancer in 2003.

    "We chose this location because Michael was acquitted in this courthouse 15 years ago today," said Valencia "Mother Diva" Dantzler of Thriller Dance 2300, who with Geraldine Hughes of Open Door Skid Row Ministries and other volunteers helped set up food and toiletries bags.

    Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates, or ADLAW, in association with Thriller Dance 2300 and Open Door Skid Row Ministries co-sponsored the event in front the same courthouse in which the nationally publicized trial took place.

    Chicago-based Thriller Dance 2300 and Los Angeles-based Open Door Skid Row Ministries are nonprofit organizations.

    "The purpose of this is to pass a ‘defamation of the deceased’ law," said Dantzler, who said she is a “stage mom” to Jackson's daughter, Paris, and has worked with members of the Jackson family and Michael Jackson colleagues since 2010 on events pertaining to his legacy.

    "To do that, you have to get the word out," Dantzler said.

    “Defamation” is defined as an act or statement that damages one’s reputation. Under common law and according to that description, deceased individuals cannot be defamed because "the dead do not have reputations to damage," according to Minclaw.com, online reputation and brand name protection lawyers.

    However, William H. Binder wrote for DePaul University of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law in 2016, "If one were to print that Elvis [Presley] was a pedophile on T-shirts and then sell them, or even place his name or likeness, absent any potential defamatory statements, on leaflets and distribute them, his estate in certain jurisdictions, would be able to sue on the grounds that such an action was an infringement on his property rights."
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    Random MJ mention.

    OKC-area high schools begin summer workouts with safety protocols

    An interesting blend of music blared from the speakers inside Newcastle High School’s weight room.

    Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and other lively songs echoed throughout the state-of-the-art facility Friday morning as football players performed their lifts and fed off each other’s energy.

    For players and coaches, the workout provided a sense of normality that has been absent during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    11 of the most iconic gigs at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes
    Sunday, June 21st, 2020 9:53am

    41 years ago, the National Bowl in Milton Keynes was born - and since then it has seen world-renowned artists coming to play in the heart of our city.

    […]

    1988: Michael Jackson

    60,000 people descended upon Milton Keynes for Michael Jackson's legendary Bad World Tour in 1988. It was his first solo concert tour and spanned a massive 16 months across the world with 123 dates.

    He kicked off the gig with an incredible performance of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and ended with an encore including The Way You Make Me Feel and Man In The Mirror.

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    Default Latoya Jackson and Nephew Taj Pay Tribute to Michael Jackson on Anniversary of Singer's Death

    Michael Jackson was 50 years old when he was found dead on June 25, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest in his L.A. mansion

    Taj Jackson is mourning the loss of his uncle, the late Michael Jackson.

    On Thursday, which marked the 11th anniversary of the singer's death, a number of family members came together to commemorate him. "11 years ago today the world lost the greatest entertainer of all time," Taj, who is the son of Jackson’s brother Tito, wrote on Twitter.

    "Although his talent was a gift from God, him sharing it was a gift to us. The world is [a] darker place without Michael Jackson in it. His love and light is truly missed by us all," he continued.

    Tito also shared a tribute to his late brother, posting a throwback image of the singer on Instagram. "Always in our hearts," he wrote.

    "To the greatest soul and entertainer in the world! ‬ ‪You will always be in our hearts! ‬ ‪May you continue to rest in peace!‬" added sister LaToya Jackson in a separate tribute.

    Jackson was 50 years old when he was found dead on June 25, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest in his L.A. mansion.

    He is also survived by his three children: Prince Michael, 23, Paris, 22, and Bigi, 18.

    Last year, HBO released their documentary Leaving Neverland, which chronicles the longtime allegations of child sexual abuse against Jackson. The exposé centers around claims from James Safechuck and Wade Robson. Both claim Jackson befriended them when they were children and their relationships quickly turned sexual.

    Jackson repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and in 2005 was acquitted in a child sex abuse case against him in California. His estate also previously sued HBO and slammed the documentary, calling it “another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.”
    In spite of the controversy surrounding the film, Leaving Neverland won for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.

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    Default Joel Schumacher dies age 80

    Joel Schumacher is not a familiar name to the fan but Joel wrote the screenplay / writer for The Wiz in 1978.

    Joel also directed “The Lost Boys” and 2 of the batman movies: “Batman Forever” (1995) and “Batman and Robin” (1997) and many more!

    Dan Beck, Sony Marketing Director during the HIStory era recalls that he contacted Joel to direct one of Michael’s video hoping the man to direct “You Are Not Alone” but due to the Batman franchise and scheduling, it never happened.

    Joel Schumacher died at the age of 80 in New York of cancer.

    Thank you for the magic and rest in peace.

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    Default The Indian Express released rare pictures of Michael Jackson.

    Indian Express released rare pictures of Michael Jackson to commemorate the 11th year of his passing.

    The pictures were taken during Michael’s visit in the country in November 1996 for the HIStory World Tour.

    The news agent recalled that everyone wanted to meet the King of Pop, from politicians, Bollywood actors and singers.

    Pictures with SP Hinduja (billionaire businessman), Gauri Khan (film producer), Shiv Sena (politician), Anupam Kher (actor) and Prabhudheva (dancer and choreographer) shows how demanding was the trip.

    The paper recall that Michael’s only demand was a free-standing, full length mirror which he signed just before departure with a pillow slip from his room.

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    Indian Express released rare pictures of Michael Jackson to commemorate the 11th year of his passing.

    The pictures were taken during Michael’s visit in the country in November 1996 for the HIStory World Tour.

    The news agent recalled that everyone wanted to meet the King of Pop, from politicians, Bollywood actors and singers.

    Pictures with SP Hinduja (billionaire businessman), Gauri Khan (film producer), Shiv Sena (politician), Anupam Kher (actor) and Prabhudheva (dancer and choreographer) shows how demanding was the trip.

    The paper recall that Michael’s only demand was a free-standing, full length mirror which he signed just before departure with a pillow slip from his room.

    https://indianexpress.com/photos/ent...rsary-6475554/
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    I wrote a four part series. I saw that someone else put my article up in another thread but I couldn't respond to it. I'm new here and I'm a longtime Jackson fan since I saw him in 1984. He was dating my neighbor who lived next door. It was amazing. That was my first introduction to MJ but living in a religious household, his music wasn't known to me until my father passed away in 1988. Only then could I learn more about who he was, since my mother was more secular.


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    Quote Originally Posted by supermodelsonya View Post
    I wrote a four part series. I saw that someone else put my article up in another thread but I couldn't respond to it. I'm new here and I'm a longtime Jackson fan since I saw him in 1984. He was dating my neighbor who lived next door. It was amazing. That was my first introduction to MJ but living in a religious household, his music wasn't known to me until my father passed away in 1988. Only then could I learn more about who he was, since my mother was more secular.


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    I hope this is okay to put this here. I invite everyone to take a read. I know that you guys know all about this stuff, but it doesn't hurt to pass on info, especially if you're bored one day and are looking for a great read. Thank you and I really love it here.
    Welcome to the forum. uh, Michael was dating someone in 1984? i come from a christian family and we knew who Michael was. Michael was a JW.



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    Quote Originally Posted by supermodelsonya View Post
    He was dating my neighbor who lived next door.
    Anything to back this up, like photos or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by supermodelsonya View Post
    I wrote a four part series. I saw that someone else put my article up in another thread but I couldn't respond to it. I'm new here and I'm a longtime Jackson fan since I saw him in 1984. He was dating my neighbor who lived next door. It was amazing. That was my first introduction to MJ but living in a religious household, his music wasn't known to me until my father passed away in 1988. Only then could I learn more about who he was, since my mother was more secular.


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    I read Part 4 and it is GREAT. I advise everyone to read it. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUCH A GREAT ARTICLE!! I am now getting ready to read Parts 1,2 and 3.

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    Supermodelsonya, WOW! Just read Part 1 and it took my breath away. I will try not to make another post until i read Parts 2&3. Btw, is Taj Jackson aware of this series of articles? These need to be shared EVERYWHERE.

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    Supermodelsonya, WOW! Just read Part 1 and it took my breath away. I will try not to make another post until i read Parts 2&3. Btw, is Taj Jackson aware of this series of articles? These need to be shared EVERYWHERE.
    I just completed ALL parts(1-4) of your series and was very pleased at how informative they were. Yes, I knew most of these things; however, your presentation, including the use of anecdotal material, helped to keep the articles from becoming redundant.

    Maybe, I missed something; but, I am wondering why these series of articles have not been posted in fan forums, Twitter or discussed before. Of course, the media is going to ignore this because they WANT Michael to be guilty. As Taj has stated, every extra bit of information pointing to Michael’s innocence should be shared, disseminated and trumpeted. If fans don’t do it, who will? Hopefully Taj knows about this and can help spread the word.

    GREAT JOB!!!! Clap! Clap! Clap!

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    Not an article, but a general observation. I’m currently browsing some scans of late 80’s, early 90’s teen magazines, and it’s really wild to see that segregation was still very much a thing in the USA at the time. In stark contrast to European magazines, US publications like Teen Beat, 16, Tiger Beat etc. have literally zero representation of Black people. You wouldn’t even be able to tell that Black people exist in the USA, flipping through those pages. Wow. It was really an uphill battle for MJ.
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