Today In Michael Jackson History (June 28th)

1993 “Will You Be There”, the eighth single from album Dangerous is released. Also on the soundtrack for family movie, “Free Willy”. Michael Jackson says that he wrote “Will You Be There” in his Giving Tree at his Neverland Ranch. The full version of the song includes a prelude featuring the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus performing a portion of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. The segment is from the fourth movement and is a lesser known portion of the famous “Ode to Joy”. The German lyrics were written by Friedrich Schiller.

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1975
The Jackson 5 perform Dancing Machine, Moving Violation and Just A Little Bit Of You with a solo by Michael on ABC’s American Bandstand.

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1979
The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow and Diana Ross as Dorothy, is released in the Netherlands.

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1988
Michael Jackson plays the last of two nights at Parc des Princes, Paris, France, on the Bad World Tour to an audience of 64,000.

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1999
Michael Jackson is briefly hospitalised following the collapse of a stage-prop bridge which hurled him into the pit during the previous night’s MJ & Friends concert in the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany.

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2001
Michael Jackson gets on stage at the end of the Summer Jam Concert festival in Long Island to hug rapper Jay-Z with whom he has just done background vocals for his song “Girls, Girls, Girls”

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1974 – The Jackson 5 play the fifth of seven nights at the Mill Run Theater, Chicago, Illinois.

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2009 The BET Awards show was a tribute to the life of Michael Jackson. Host Jamie Foxx said,

“We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everybody else.”

The show was revised within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009, with several artists changing their original planned routine to sing many of Michael Jackson’s songs, including songs he sang as a member of The Jackson 5 as well as songs in his solo career. His father, Joseph Jackson, and former confidant, Reverend Al Sharpton were present as audience members throughout the show. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson’s sister made an appearance at the finale of the show, and spoke briefly on behalf of the Jackson family. The show itself set an all-time ratings high with a 5.8 rating (over its previous high of a 3.7 rating) and overall saw a 61 percent increase over its 2008 broadcast. These were the tributes to the King of Pop throughout the show such as: New Edition gave tribute to The Jackson 5 by singing a mixture of “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, & “The Love You Save” Host Jamie Foxx danced to “Beat It” and moonwalked across the stage Ne-Yo sang Jackson’s “Lady in My Life,” Ciara performed Jackson’s “Heal the World”, Keri Hilson gave tribute by adding a few of his moves in her dance routine, Beyonce singing a part of Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel”, which was in memory of Jackson. Also, when she won the award for Best Female Artist, she dedicated it to Jackson, who she called her hero. Marlon Wayans thanked said

“If there were no Jacksons, there would be no Wayans”

Then he thanked Joe Jackson. When Lil Wayne won Best Male Hip Hop Artist, he said

“No one in this room would be here without Michael Jackson.

LeBron James thanked Michael Jackson saying “he did so much for basketball”. Jamie Foxx took a part from Blame It On The Boogie & put it apart of his performance. Alicia Keys thanked Michael Jackson for everything he has done. During his performance, Drake said

“In memory of the King of Pop, lets have some fun yall.”

Maxwell sang Pretty Wings with a heavenly theme. Janet Jackson paid tribute to her brother by giving a short, tearful speech to the audience at the awards, she said:

“To you Michael is an icon. To us Michael is family. And he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of the love, thank you for all of the support. We miss him so much. Thank you.”

Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx ended the ceremony performing the Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There”.

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