Le 24 février

Le 24 février 1970: Sortie du deuxième single des Jackson 5, ABC, avec The Young Folks en face B.

Le 24 février 1978: Le Goin’ Places Tour passe par Port Of Spain (Trinidad) (à lire ici).

Le 24 février 1979: Le Destiny Tour est à Londres (Angleterre).

Le 24 février 1979: You Can’t Win, le single, sorti en janvier,  tiré de la bande originale du film The Wiz entre Pop singles chart à la 81ème place et restera classé pendant trois semaines.

Le 24 février 1979: La chaîne néerlandaise AVRO diffuse l’émission TopPop où les Jackson font une apparition avec leur titre Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground), enregistré lors de leur passage aux Pays-bas au début du mois (à lire ici).

Le 24 février 1987: Lors des 29ème Annual Grammy Awards, Pepsi diffuse une publicité avec Michael Jackson, The Spring…The Magic Returns.

Le 24 février 1988: Deuxième concert du Bad Tour à Kansas City (Missouri), 16960 spectateurs.

En backstage, Michael Jackson rencontre le jeune Allan Bufford, un petit garçon de deux ans qui souffre d’un cancer. Michael avait invité le garçon et sa maman à assister au concert.

Le 24 février 1993: Lors des 35ème Grammy Awards au Shrine Auditorium de Los Angeles, Michael Jackson reçoit the Grammy Living Legend Award de sa sœur Janet.

Il prononce le discours suivant: (voir la traduction du discours sur l’article ici).

« I hope this puts to rest, I hope this finally puts to rest another rumour that has been in the press for too many years – me and Janet really are two different people!

In the past month, I’ve gone from ‘Where is he?’ to ‘Here he is again,’ but I must confess, it feels good to be thought of as a person, not as a personality. Because…. I don’t read all the things written about me, I wasn’t aware that the world thought I was so weird and bizarre. But when you grow up as I did, in front of one hundred million people since the age of five, you’re automatically different. 

The last few weeks, I have been cleansing myself and it’s been a rebirth for myself. It’s like a cleansing spirit.

My childhood was completely taken away from me. There was no Christmas, there were no birthdays,…. it was not a normal childhood, nor the normal pleasures of childhood. Those were exchanged for hard work, struggle, and pain, and eventual material and professional success. But as an awful price, I cannot recreate that part of my life. 

However, today, when I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature. I wonder what delight nature must feel when we open our hearts and express our God-given talents. The sound of approval rolls across the universe, and the whole world abounds in magic. Wonder fills our hearts, for what we have glimpsed, for an instant, the playfulness of life.

And that’s why I love children and learn so much from being around them. I realise that many of our world’s problems today, from the inner city crime, to large scale wars and terrorism, and our overcrowded prisons are a result of the fact that children have had their childhood stolen from them. The magic, the wonder, the mystery, and the innocence of a child’s heart, are the seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that…..I love you to….

What we need to learn from children isn’t childish. Being with them connects us to the deeper wisdom of life which is everpresent, and only asks to be lived. They know the solutions that lie waiting to be recognised within our own hearts. 

Today, I would like to thank all the children of the world, including the sick and deprived. I am so sensitive to your pain. I also want to thank all those who have helped me to channel my talent here on earth.

From the beginning my parents, all my brothers and sisters, especially Janet. I am so proud of her, it’s incredible. I mean, I remember when we were little, I use to ask her to be Ginger Rogers while I was Fred Astaire.

The Motown family, my teacher Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, I love you, Suzanne de Passe, the wonderful, great Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, my new Godson, Michael Gibb, my new Sony family, Iko Morita, Mikki Schullhall, Tommy Motolla, Dave Galub, Polly Anthony. Thanks for making one of my most creative efforts, the album ‘Dangerous’, such an incredible success. I love you all so much. Sandy Gallin, Jim Morey, all the fantastic fans around the world, I love you very much. »

Après la cérémonie, Michael et Brooke Shields, qui l’accompagne pour cette soirée, assistent à la Polygram Party aux studios  A&M Studios puis plus tard au cours de la soirée à la Sony Party à Century City.

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