Today In Michael Jackson History (July 5th)

2002 – Michael Jackson was in New York from July 5 through July 9, on a campaign against Sony honcho Tommy Mottola, claiming Mottola had a thing against Black artists.


1973 – The Jackson 5 perform at Wellington, New Zealand, Athletic Park.



1975 – The Jacksons Forever came Today is on top of Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single



1984 – On occasion of a Jacksons’ press conference from “Tavern on the Green“, Michael Jackson announces that his Victory – tour share of proceeds are to entirely cover three charitable organizations: “The United Negro College Fund”, “Camp Good Times” and “T.J. Martel Foundation”. Furthermore, at each gig, 500 places are reserved for invalids and hospital patients, taken on stretchers into the stadiums.

After receiving a letter from eleven-year-old fan Ladonna Jones, in which she accuses the Jacksons and the promoters of being ‘selfish and just out for money,’ Michael held a major press conference to announce changes in the tour’s organization and also to announce that the whole of his share of the proceeds from the tour will be donated to charity.

The following is Michael’s speech at the press conference:

“We’re beginning our tour tomorrow and I wanted to talk to you about something of great concern to me. We’ve worked a long time to make this show the best it can be. But we know a lot of kids are having trouble getting tickets. The other day I got a letter from a girl in Texas named Ladonna Jones. She’d been saving her money from odd jobs to buy a ticket, but with the current tour system, she’d have to buy four tickets and she couldn’t afford that. So, I’ve asked our promoter to work out a new way of distributing tickets, a way that no longer requires a $120.00 money order. There has also been a lot of talk about the promoter holding money for tickets that didn’t sell. I’ve asked our promoter to end the mail order ticket system as soon as possible so that no one will pay money unless they get a ticket. Finally, and most importantly, there’s something else I am going to announce today. I want you to know that when I first agreed to tour, I decided to donate all the money I make from our performances to charity.”



1984 –State of Shock” is a 1984 hit single by The Jacksons featuring frontman Michael Jackson and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, released on July 5th, 1984, charted number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. was the biggest hit from The Jacksons’ Victory album, reaching number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was originally recorded with Freddie Mercury, as Michael and Freddie had been working on several tracks at that time (’81-’83).

The final version featured lead vocals by Michael Jackson and Jagger.


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One Comment

  1. Michaeljackson.Com July 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM - Reply

    Michael Jackson is definitely the king. When i listen to his records i feel as he is still alive. Certainly one of the most significant pop music stars ever been born!

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