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By Detroit Free Press archives; USA Today; "Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll" | June 26, 2009
Early years 1958: Born Aug. 29 in Gary, Ind. He is the seventh child of Joseph and Katherine Esther Jackson. 1969: In Los Angeles, the Jackson 5 debut as Motown's newest act. * In December, the group's single "I Want You Back" hits No. 1 on the Billboard Top 40 Chart. 1970: Jackson 5 hits "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" all reach No. 1 on Billboard charts. 1972: First No. 1 solo hit "Ben," a song about a movie rat. 1974: Introduces a dance step called the robot on Soul Train.
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By Frank Roylance | June 26, 2009
* "There was a bit of a flamenco dance step, with the five heads snapping up on 'I Want You Back'; the hands went up over the heads and were clasped together as if in prayer on Jermaine's medley, which began with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'; and on Sly Stone's 'Thank You,' one arm was flung out to the side, then the hands were brought together and down in a slashing motion diagonally across the chest." - James D. Dilts' Sun review of the Jackson Five's September 26, 1971, concert at the Baltimore Civic Center * "Every floor was packed with [fans]
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January 1, 2009
On December 29, 2008, our beloved ETHEL WORD passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. She leaves to cherish her memory her constant companion over the last 42 years, Jesse Ringo; four daughters, Elicia Jackson (the late Lou Jackson), Patricia Taylor (James), Addie Mitchell (Frederick), Sybil Word Ringo (Damon) and one son-in-law, Christopher Mitchell; six grandchildren, Denise Frederick (Russell), Susan Speed (Aman), Eugene Jackson (Chelle), Michael Jackson (Pamela), Tinaya Mitchell (James)
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | November 18, 2008
Obama gains 'GQ' honors, '60 Minutes' viewers GQ has named Barack Obama one of its "Men of the Year" - along with Baltimore's Michael Phelps and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jon Hamm - with a cover and article that went to press before Election Day, says the Huffington Post. The article about Obama - also named "Game Changer of the Year" - was written by Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Meanwhile, Obama's appearance on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night gave the venerable news show its highest overnight ratings in nearly a decade, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | July 3, 2008
For a fun, soulful outdoor barbecue, there are several things you must have. Of course, there's the food: potato salad, baked beans, ribs. (And whoever is manning the grill better know what he's doing.) You must have beer and liquor for the adults, Kool-Aid or Capri Sun pouches for the kids. But if you want to keep the barbecue from sinking into lame territory, you must also have music - plenty of good, upbeat jams. As friends and I prepare to get together for the Fourth of July, we delegate different duties.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 12, 2008
I was cool just for a day. Any other time, my classmates, most of whom were suburban white kids, ignored me. But on that spring day in second grade when I brought in Michael Jackson's Thriller LP for show-and-tell, seemingly everybody in class wanted to be my best friend. Some gladly sat near me at lunch and invited me to play at recess, which had never happened before. Even as I waited for the school bus that morning, standing alongside the potty-mouthed brats who lived in the projects with me, I was king.
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By Sean Patrick Norris and Sean Patrick Norris,Sun reporter | December 9, 2007
These days, comparisons to Michael Jackson are not automatically categorized as compliments. But for hip-hop/R&B performer Chris Brown, those commenting on the resemblance to the Gloved One see an inventiveness, a cleverness of dance style that was last exhibited during the Thriller era. Publications including Newsweek and the Detroit Free Press have made the comparison that Brown himself courted, performing "Billie Jean" and other Jackson classics during...
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September 1, 2007
MICHAEL JACKSON, 65 `The Beer Hunter" Michael Jackson, a leading world beer critic who praised the brews of Belgium and acknowledged he would never be as famous as "that Michael Jackson," has died. Mr. Jackson, known as "The Beer Hunter," died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in west London. During a 1998 visit to Baltimore, Mr. Jackson told The Sun that the city, with its well-made local beers, ranked among America's top beer towns. Seattle and Portland, Ore., he said, vie for the title of the nation's most beer-friendly city.
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By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services | July 23, 2007
I need absolute proof before disclosing more names but we're working on it!" So says Hustler publisher Larry Flynt regarding his revelations about prominent politicos who have been customers of the Washington, D.C., madam. My inside tip from Flynt's office is that Larry is getting ready to drop at least 30 more names! A hair-raising duet Do go to see Hairspray if only for one reason - John Travolta at the top of his experimental and daring-to-do-anything game and his Fred and Ginger dance/love song with co-star Christopher Walken.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | June 30, 2007
ST. MICHAELS -- Residents in this Eastern Shore tourist town seemed to collectively shrug their shoulders yesterday at reports that pop star Michael Jackson has been house-hunting, apparently shopping for a secluded waterfront mansion. The village of 1,200 earned its blase attitude with the arrival in recent years of a vice president, a former secretary of defense, two presidential press secretaries and other national politicos who have bought homes in or near St. Michaels. Add the actress who occasionally visits family here or the celebrity sailor who ties up his yacht and dines in dockside restaurants, and it's easy to see how often folks bump into the rich and famous.
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