Memories of Live Aid

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Live Aid was held on July 13, 1985

Today is the anniversary of Live Aid, the historic benefit concert for African famine relief that occurred in London and Philadelphia in 1985.  I watched the whole thing, calling in sick to my job doing flower deliveries.   The event was carried on broadcast television [...]

State Farm Michael Jackson Commercial

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They didn’t know how touching/crass it would be to hear the late Michael Jackson singing “I’ll Be There” as a little boy when this ad was first aired on May 20! State Farm’s YouTube page simply states:

“Our condolences to the Michael Jackson family and fans.

Since this ad first aired May 20, [...]

Michael Jackson – A Punch Line Comedians Relied On

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Only a few days in, some folks are tiring of the Michael Jackson coverage. The only reason to tire is he only gave us about five albums of material. I am hearing Michael Jackson in cars, walking past stores, outside apartment buildings and all over Manhattan. It’s nice to know the music will never, [...]

RIP Michael Jackson

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The Jackson Five made me a music fan

 

Michael Jackson peaking on Motown’s 25th Anniversary TV Special, 1983

I had intended to write a significant post today about Purple Rain in honor of the 25th anniversary of its release, and the fact that this is now a post about the death of [...]

David Williams, Guitarist with Michael Jackson, Madonna

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David Williams at the Malibu Film Festival, courtesy of the Williams Family

I was sorry to read the news about David Williams this morning in the NY Post (“Madge Guitarist’s Grim Death”).  According to the Post, the lifelong sideman with some of the top names in the business died without health insurance, at [...]