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Michael Jackson rehearsing June 26, 2009

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michael jackson rehearsing

It was in 1985 and until recently you could see him rehearse on Youtube.  He is as docile as a child listening to the directives of his coach. At one point you hear him ask  whether it is  better to sing “like you and I” or “like you and me”!

January 2014 video available http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2W4-0qUdHY 

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MJ rehearsing 3

The recording session  was held during  the American Music Awards.  Michael Jackson skipped the  ceremony that night to record the chorus of the song as a guide to the other artists. They  arrived in-studio from limousines, as most of them had participated in the AMA.   Bruce Springsteen arrived driving a pickup truck.

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During a break in the session, the group broke out into an impromptu version of Harry Belafonte’s 1950s hit “Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” which led to a suggestion that it should be the B side.  Stevie Wonder came back after the session to touch up his vocals.

remember michael

W E   A R E   T H E   W O R L D

with

Lionel Richie

Stevie Wonder

Paul Simon

Kenny Rogers

James Ingram

Tina Turner

Billy Joel

Michael Jackson

Diana Ross

Dionne Warwick

Willie Nelson

Al Jarreau

Bruce Springsteen

and many others, plus the Jackson brothers and sisters almost complete:

we are the world 44

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…..we are the world

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MJ_Star

The star was set in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984..

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Michael Jackson rehearsing 1

He is rehearsing and listening to his own vocals a line at a time, endlessly. There were some 20 repetitions just for the first line. He took correction the way a cat laps milk (with apologies to Shakespr).

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michael listen more closely

Michael! Listen more closely!  — And he bites his lips.

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MJ preparing to repeat.

Is he bowing to the public?

No. He is looking at his shoes trying to concentrate  under instructions to sing that first line for the 19th time !

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tn_8MJ the gesture

Take the sunglasses off. Put the sunglasses back on.

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It was a large family :

the Jacksons complete

They were poor and  Michael’s father was probably cruel. The town where they lived, Gary in Indiana, was rotting and being abandoned by those who could:

gary-indiana-aerial

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Michael and Janet

When he was 11 Michael started to earn his keep singing and dancing along with his brothers and sisters, and they became famous as the Jackson 5:

The Jackson Five

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Later he himself and his world became  more complicated.

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The last three photos are from

>>>   The Guardian’s Michael Jackson Gallery

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Screenshots from

WE ARE THE WORLD

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Now, June 10, 2011, I can still find the videos of a prior rehearsal, apparently unedited but featuring the lyrics and the names of the singers as they appear in the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2W4-0qUdHY   or

January 2014:   still available    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2W4-0qUdHY 

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Added March 26, 2011

Michael Jackson and Liz Taylor

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Added July 22, 2012

International tribute to Michael Jackson on the anniversary of his death

See the teddy bear. — Tribute to Michael in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park on the first anniversary of his death photographed by Lgimenezllort and published under CC Attribution 3.0 Unported license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Forest_Lawn2010.jpg

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Comments»

1. drumroll - July 11, 2009

Good info. Kinda different for WordPress blogger.

2. techn56 - July 14, 2009

moonwalk is missing why dont you say something about it

3. septembersky - July 27, 2009

He was my favorite singer.

4. bellsandwhistles - December 8, 2009

Right, where is moonwalk ?


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