Also, one of my favorite DJs, Monica, long-time NYC music biz insider, played a set last weekend that’s probably unrivaled out there on the intertubes. Mostly early stuff, Jackson 5, only a couple hits. Man that kid could sing a song.
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Reaction in New York | 7:51 p.m.
Mr. Jackson first performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1969 at
the age of 9. The Jackson 5 won Amateur Night. “We will always remember
Michael in our hearts as a true Apollo legend, known for his
professionalism and grace,” said Jonelle Procope, the president of the
Apollo Theater Foundation. “Our sympathy goes out to his entire family.
He will be deeply missed.”
25 years ago yesterday Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” debuted. Yesterday, 73 fans reenacted the dance at Madame Tussaud‘s in Times Square in an attempt to break the Guinness record for the most people to do the dance at once. Local ABC report, with video, here, and a nice account from the Times‘s City Room blog here. (Photo credit goes to the latter.)
Alas, the Times story contains the bad news that the record had already been broken last weekend by a group of over 800 dancers in Austin, Texas, part of a worldwide “Thriller” dance-off that included over 4,000 people across the globe. The Texans, as the Village Voice‘s news blog snarked, “presumably [danced] with their thumbs in their beltloops.”
The full 13-minute original, which I tried to pretend I hated in the 8th grade but like everyone else was actually blown away by, is here (sorry, embedding disabled).