Today In Michael Jackson History (January 8th)

1983 – Michael Jackson`s and Paul McCartney “The Girl is Mine” charts on Billboard’s Hot 100 as #2 and by the R&B Chart peaks #1. It remained on charts for 18 weeks.


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2000 – The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) raised a record $13.5 million in cash and pledges during its annual fund-raising TV special, “An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence,” which aired nationwide January 8 and January 9. ” National viewership for the broadcast was up 8 percent over last year’s show. Approximately 70 top television stations in every major television market aired the special, including network affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WB and UPN. The special also aired on BET cable network. The four-hour special was hosted by Lou Rawls, Debbie Allen, Star Jones and Lynn Whitfield. Highlights included performances by Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, , Barry White, the O’Jays, Chaka Khan, The Stylistics and Michael Jackson who performanced his Earth Song. Other highlights included inspirational words of support from veteran producer Quincy Jones.


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1970 – The Jackson 5 are recording You Ain’t Giving Me What I Want (So I’m Gonna Take It All Back) and We Can Have Fun for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan.

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2001 – Michael Jackson’s publicist Cheri Fein announced the Jackson would be recording two to three songs for the new Jackson Five album. (This announcement later proves to be false)

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Source: Michael Jackson For All Time / MJJEternal / MJJCommunity / MJJTime / MJ-Upbeat.com

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