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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Ultimate 'Thriller'

Feeling Tempted                More on December 2                    Life & Feelings

What is it about the macabre that draws us into its clutches and holds us spellbound? We scream like crazy, cover our eyes while peeking out at the same time so as not to miss any iota of the scariest scene. Seems like the scarier something is the more we want to watch. Yet, in reality if any one of us was approached by a creature of the night, the faster we could get away the better. C'est la vie!

Let's step back in time to December 2, 1983.

Welcome into the Spotlight:


Michael Jackson: King of Pop
The biggest pop star of the '80s, and one of the most popular artists of all time, with a brilliant, soulful voice and breathtaking dance moves 

Michael Jackson enjoyed a chart-topping career both with the popular Motown group, Jackson 5, and as a solo artist.  At the age of 13, Jackson launched a solo career in addition to his work with the Jackson 5. With this venture came hit after hit, topping the charts over and over again. He even teamed up with rock legend, Paul McCartney. Their 1982 duet "The Girl is Mine" nearly reached the top of the pop charts. Then, Jackson, released the album, 'Thriller,' in 1982. This album generated seven Top 10 Hits and became the best-selling album in history.

In 1983 came the video...

On December 2, 1983MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson's Thriller video for the first time. Now regarded as the most influential pop music video of all time, in 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.
More along the Memory Walk...

1970, the Jackson 5 started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'ABC'. It was the group's second US No.1 and a No.8 hit in the UK. This became the Jackson 5's second #1 hit by knocking out the Beatles' 'Let It Be'. According to co-writer Freddie Perren, the music of this is the chorus of their previous hit, 'I Want You Back'. Michael Jackson sang lead. He was 11 years old, the youngest of the group.

1988 Michael Jackson: Bad, Bubbles and Bananas
Bubbles was Jackson's pet chimpanzee and constant companion.

2004 Michael Jackson's customized 2001 Bentley sedan was removed from a car auction. Jackson's management team notified auction officials that Jackson wanted the sale postponed. The Bentley Arnage Red Label Turbo was featured in Jackson's video for the song "What More Can I Give." The interior roof was signed by a host of celebrities including Jackson.

 A Legend Remembered
2009 Michael Jackson died at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964. Jackson is credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool, four of his solo albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), while his 1982 Thriller is the world's best-selling record of all time with sales of over 50 million.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

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