1985 – Michael sprained his right hand during the filming of a dance sequence on the set of Captain EO, and was taken to Brotman Memorial Hospital in Culver City, the same place he had been rushed to eighteen months earlier when he was burned on the set of the Pepsi commercial.
Accompanying him was young Jonathan Spence, a boy (ten or eleven years old) who had been friends with Michael since about the fall of 1984.
1988 – Michael had his own TV special. Michael Jackson: Around the World was a 90min special featuring concert footage of the Bad tour, with Michael, as usual, having final appoval of the footage to be included. While the concert footage of the Bad tour was impressive, it still only gives a small taste of the excitement of seeing MJ perform live. Clips of Michael with his band, singers & dancers performing “Working Day & Night” gives only a small sense of the song’s elaborate production. Footage is shown of Michael’s concert performances of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Human Nature”, “Beat It”, & the Jackson 5ive classics, “I want You Back” & “The Love You Save”.
MJ:Around the World was the highest rated summer special ever in its time slot, it aired at 11:30 p.m. It earned a 8.7 rating, which is equal to 27% of the tv audience. The program was later renamed MJ: Fans Around the World & rebroadcast on MTV several times. An edited, hour long, version was shown in April, 1989, on the BET network. BET presented Michael with an award in recognition of the tour’s success while he was winding up the tour in LA.
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1986 – Michael Jackson attends the funeral of film director, Vincent Minnelli, Liza Minnelli’s father, held at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California.
Motion picture director Vincente Minnelli was eulogized by actors Gregory Peck and Kirk Douglas as an artist whose work will live as long as there are films.
The 83-year-old Minnelli, winner of an Oscar for “Gigi” and director of other musical classics such as “Meet Me in St. Louis,” died Friday after a long struggle against emphysema.
The funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Glendale’s Wee Kirk o’ the Heather was crowded with more than 125 mourners, including his daughter, singing star Liza Minnelli; comedian Bob Hope; singer Kenny Rogers; actors Jimmy Stewart and Ricardo Montalban; composer Henry Mancini, and producer Jack Haley Jr.
Singer Michael Jackson entered the chapel with Liza and the director’s widow, Lee Minnelli, on each arm. He sat with them and Minnelli’s other daughter, Christiane Nina Miro of Mexico, throughout the service.
LATimes Article From July 31, 1986: http://articles.latimes.com/1986-07-31/news/mn-20316_1_vincente-minnelli
1988 – Michael is on the cover of Number One magazine.
Source: Michael Jackson For All Time / MJ-Upbeat.com
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