Who Inspired Michael Jackson?

While last weeks blog focused on Michael Jackson’s influence on the music stars of today and the reason why they decided to pursue a career in music and dance, I wanted to discuss who were the performers that inspired and influenced Michael Jackson?

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Michael grew up listening to and watching Motown, the Rat Pack and musicals. He has R&B and soul in his blood. He was influenced by performers from all forms of entertainment making tributes in his songs and dance  to the following – James Brown, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr, Gene Kelly, Diana Ross, Marcel Marceau, Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Bob Fosse, The Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Etta James, Ray Charles and Mavis Staples. Continue reading

Meeting Michael

Welcome back. Hope you all had a nice Christmas break. Over the holidays I interviewed MoonStreet, an Irish Michael Jackson fan who has been around the world numerous concerts and events with Michael.

She first saw Michael at the HIStory World Tour in Dublin in 1997 (the biggest world tour by any performer ever), met him four times, was invited into his Neverland ranch and also present at the This Is It press conference in 2009 to name but a few.

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She would travel to many events Michael was present at such as book signings and fan parties along with other fans.  She had numerous photographs of him from close up but had never had one with him together yet. She met him in London outside Dorchester Hotel in 2000. She showed her dedication when she told me “if you heard he was a few miles away, staying at a hotel, would you drop everything and risk it all just to be there?”

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Michael Jackson in Numbers

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Straying away from the deep topics of the past weeks, I have decided to post about the career and records of Michael Jackson. I have seen this done for films and artists before however have never come across one for the King of Pop. This is his career in numbers.

Michael Jackson was born at 2300 in Gary, Indiana in 1958 with 8 siblings. is the number of Grammy’s Jackson won in one night, a record. He has 13 Grammy’s in total. 13 is the total number of solo numbers ones he received in his career. He received the most ever number ones on one album, with Bad achieving 5 out of the 9 songs and is the 5th biggest album of all time. is the number of number one albums – Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and Invincible. Jackson started aged as part of the Jackson 5 and he was just  11 when they achieved number one hits from their first 4 singles I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I’ll Be There.

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