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Song of the Day: “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

Michael_Jackson_-_ThrillerToday’s Song of the Day is “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. On this day in 1983, with this song, Michael Jackson became the first Black artist to get heavy rotation on MTV. After launching on August 1, 1981, MTV was reluctant to play music videos by Black artists. MTV denied accusations of racism as they insisted that their format was rock music. MTV was programmed by guys with radio backgrounds who tried to program it like a radio station with a rock format, something that proved impossible because they didn’t have enough videos by rock artists. What they did have were lots of European acts, who had been making videos for years, and were overwhelmingly white. Record companies wouldn’t budget for videos by their black artists since they didn’t think MTV would play them, so the network could make the argument that they simply didn’t have any good videos by black artists that were worthy. That argument went out the window when Jackson made the “Billie Jean” video, which was startlingly innovative.

“Billie Jean” was the second single (after “The Girl is Mine“) from Jackson’s legendary Thriller album. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart within three weeks, and became Jackson’s fastest-rising number one single as a solo artist.

Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean” on the TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever won acclaim and was nominated for an Emmy Award. It introduced a number of Jackson’s signatures, including his version of the moonwalk, black sequined jacket, and high-water pants.

“Billie Jean” has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. At the 1984 Grammy Awards the song earned Jackson two of a record eight awards; Best R&B Song and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. It won the Billboard Music Award for favorite dance / disco 12″ LP, and the magazine’s 1980’s poll named “Billie Jean” as the “Black Single of the Decade”. The American Music Awards recognized the track as the Favorite Pop/Rock Single, while Cash Box honored the song with the awards for Top Pop Single and Top Black Single.

Remember That Song – 12/10/21

Can you name the artist and song:

Cuddle up baby
Cuddle up tight
Cuddle up baby
Keep it all out of sight


Last Song: “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson from Bad (1987)

Great job sweetpurplejune, Peter (@JamsieBlonde007), Adora (@Adora2000), and Erwin (@erwin_green)!!!

Hey pretty baby with the high heels on
You give me fever
Like I’ve never, ever known


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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 5/11/21

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Question: After 23 years as host, who left The Newlywed Game in 1988 for a bigger paycheck as host of the Celebrity Secrets game show?


Last Question: What was the only single from Michael Jackson’s album Off the Wall to hit #1 in the ’80s?

Answer: “Rock With You”
[“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” reached #1 in October 1979]

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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 5/10/21

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Question: What was the only single from Michael Jackson’s album Off the Wall to hit #1 in the ’80s?


Last Question: In the movie, The Shining, Jack Torrance’s novel consisted of what repeated sentence?

Answer: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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Remember That Song – 4/19/21

Can you name the artist and song:

You’re talking to a tourist
Whose every move’s among the purest
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine


Last Song: “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson from Thriller (1983)

Great job Erwin (@erwin_green) and Craig(@cdennis0130)!!!

For forty days and forty nights
The law was on her side
But who can stand when she’s in demand


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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 4/8/21

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Question: Which detective was helped by his niece Penny, her talking computer, and a dog called Brain?


Last Question: What Francis Ford Coppola 3D science fiction film was shown at Disney theme parks from 1986 through 1998?

Answer: Captain EO

Remember That Song – 9/10/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye


Last Song: “State of Shock” by The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger from the album Victory (1984)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000)!!!

I like your style, it makes me wild
You take it to me good, you like it, know, you should
You get me on my knees, well, please, baby, please

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Remember That Song – 1/24/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Words are few
I have spoken
I could waste a thousand years


Last Song: “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson from the album Off The Wall (1980)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Lynne (@LynneAshton2)!!!

Out on the floor
There ain’t nobody there but us
Girl when you dance
There’s a magic that must be love

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Remember That Song – 12/3/19

Can you name the artist and song:

I was born under a bad sign
Left out in the cold
I’m a lonely man who knows
Just what it means to lose control


Last Song: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson from the album Thriller (1983)
[The “Thriller” video premiered on December 2, 1983]

Great job Adora (@Adora2000),Lynne (@LynneAshton2), southernhon (@peacesong464), BeagleLife72 (@TiffanyNGroce72)!!!

Now is the time
For you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
All through the night
I’ll save you from the terrors on the screen
I’ll make you see

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Remember That Song – 7/8/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Those were the times we had
Sharing a joy that we thought would last
Memories of love and affection
Never really was just like a dream


Last Song: “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson from Bad (1988)

Great job sweetpurplejune,, and Adora (@Adora2000)!!!

You never make me stay
So take your weight off of me
I know your every move
So won’t you just let me be

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