MEDIA MATTERS

Hurricane Irma Exposes Cable News Networks

CNN and other cable news networks found that the worst Hurricane Irma devastation was not in Florida but in a worse place: their credibility.  After convincing the nation that Irma would devour the entire state of Florida, the hurricane fizzled in the Caribbean and left the hysterical media red-faced.  [More] 

IN THE TOILET

Houston Mayor Orders Residents to Flush More

In an executive order that conflicts with conventional wisdom and modern environmental ethics, Houston Mayor orders residents to flush their toilets more to help clear out floodwaters.  [More]

 

RIDE SHARING

The Top Ten Complaints About Uber and Lyft

With more and more people relying on so-called ride sharing provided by powerhouses Uber and Lyft, not all is perfect in the world.  The LBT's resident curmudgeon Charles C. Schultz sounds off on his top ten complaints.  [More]

RIGHTIST TRUMP

The Expert: Rumored Autistic Barron Trump Shakes D.C. To Its Core

Barron Trump, the 11-year-old son of the president, arrived in D.C. wearing a now famous T-shirt bearing the message “The Expert.”  D.C. watchers claim that this message was not a mere accident.  Barron may be bringing a powerful, far-right influence into the West Wing.  [More]

 

Can You Remember?  A Look Back at Child Musical Prodigy Michael Jackson

Before Michael Jackson Became the King of Pop, He Was A Fresh-Faced Musical Child Prodigy That Wowed America's Music Elite.

Published January 26, 2017

 

In the summer of 1969, Motown Records began promotoing a precocious little afro-haired kid who fronted the Jackson 5 named Michael Jackson. Jackson’s eventual superstardom as an adult all but buried the collective memory of his child prodigy years from 1969 to the early-1970s. These days we still hear the occasional Jackson 5 song during Christmastime, but Jackson’s childhood hit performances – over 40 years ago now – have faded into the deep background.

We are fortunate though because for anyone with an appreciation of music, dance and or even just a morbid curiosity in fallen idols, YouTube gives us a comprehensive look at little Michael Jackson as child prodigy. In fact, we can also watch his development from wunderkind to world megastar in the mid-1970s through the early-1980s.

Here is where things started. This is the Jackson 5’s 1968 audition in front of Berry Gordy and other Motown stars at Gordy's house.   Neither the audio or video is great, but Jackson’s whoops and hollers and James Brown dancing are rousing:

Here is the raw, early Michael Jackson doing his James Brown routine on American Bandstand. (They might be the only group ever to perform live on American Bandstand... and they were children!)  At this point he was just a recently signed Motown artist, but things would move very fast.

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