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John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio - Interview with MichaelJohn Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio - Interview with Michael

In January 1980 – John Pidgeon has interviewed Michael Jackson. The interview gets a bizarre lace because a journalist and music historian John Pidgeon first ask his questions at the then 13-year-old Janet Jackson, then further she has to repeats the questions for her brother. Michael Jackson is currently 22.

By way of Janet, hears from Michael about how he linked up with Motown, learned about the studio, how he sees his future and his defense of disco.

"I have a deep belief in perfection., I'm never satisfied," says Jackson.

Michael reveals how The Jackson Five were first discovered at a talent show, which led to an audition for Motown Records. He also discusses how the boys ended up living with Diana Ross and with Berry Gordy - the owner of Motown Records - and how they were made to feel part of the family at Motown Records, including meeting The Supremes and Stevie Wonder.

This interview is recorded at the San Fernando Valley and never released on a vinyl album, only in August 10th, 2009 as MP3 on the label Backpages Ltd.

Interview - 35:32

Year: 10-08-2009
Released: ?
Playing time: 35:32
minutes


Interview Disc & Fully Illustrated Book CD Album CoverDiana Collins Interview

In the year 1983, Michael Jackson and Diana Collins together at his family Encino home were he talks in this interview with Diana about his animals, the group The Bee Gees, not being able to go anywhere, how he relaxes, different musical eras, wanting to do movies, about the movie 'Star Wars', a possible Jacksons Tour, Jermaine, stardom, his childhood, being on stage and Peter Pan.

This interview was been released on a unofficial CD album in the UK through the label Sound And Media on September 1996 with the name 'Interview Disc & Fully Illustrated Book'.

Interview - 21:48

Year: 09-1996
Released: UK
Playing time: 21:48 minutes


The Weekly Specials: The Michael Jackson Story CD Album CoverThe Weekly Specials: The Michael Jackson Story

Unistar radio program. Air date of the first cd album is 07/24-07/26/92, the air date of the second cd album is 07/31-08/02/92. MJ interviews and songs.

Patty Steele is the host. This is the same interview aired originally on the Dick Clark radio show, Hot Rocks and Motor City Beat.

Michael talks about performing on stage: "It's a love that I have...you can't put it in words. When the lights hits you, there's a certain spirit you feel, I just don't like coming off." Talks about how they came up with the song 'Rock With You', and how it was written by former "Heatwave" member Rod Temperton..."

MJ talks about the first time he met Paul and Linda McCartney "I went to this party and about how 1981's 'Heartbreak Hotel' was the inspiration for 'Thriller'.

Michael discusses challenges in his field: "It's a challenge, it's fun...to get paid for something you love to do is a treat...because a lot of people hate their work, and it's terrible...I'm having a ball!"

The entire show is devoted to The Jacksons, with Michael and Marlon doing the full interview, with several interesting segments with Michael.

This interview was been released on two cd albums through the label ABC Watermark in the USA on 1992 with the name 'The Weekly Specials: The Michael Jackson Story'.

Interview - ?

Year: 1992
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Motor City Beat: December 26, 1987 Radio Broadcast Album (3LP Set) (Cover)Motor City Beat: December 26, 1987 Radio Broadcast Album (3LP Set)

3 LP set that features 9 segments of MJ interviews and music. Michael is the featured guest, and does several interview segments with host Bill Rock. Apparently this interview was conducted in late 1984 or 1985. This is the same interview aired originally on the Dick Clark radio show and Hot Rocks.

Michael tells the story of how the brothers started out and he began singing when he was five and talks about his first #1 hit with Epic, 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' "It was written at home, I just came up with the melody. It's about love, and forces of love, and the power of love.

Michael talks about future involvement in the movies, explaining there have been "Tons of scripts, since I've done the Wiz" but it's important "to be selective and do the right vehicle." There are "several different projects I am interested, but I'd really like to take a different direction and surprise people."

Michael talks about having a different childhood growing up on stage. He says it's "Not like the ordinary child life, it is different...It's not like I've had stage parents that shoved me into something that I didn't want to do. If it was that, I don't think I would have made it this long. I probably would have overdosed or something. But I enjoy it...it's a love that I have...when the lights hits you, there's a certain spirit you feel, I just don't like coming off."

MJ discusses how he deals with all the awards and achievements. "They always excite me, the gold and the platinum...It's important not to take it too serious and not to reflect too much on the past…too much on the gold. You can get bogged down with your achievements, instead of putting out great work…you can get lost in that, really. Sometimes I put all of my gold and platinum records out and will look at them, and try not to take it too serious because there’s so much more I have to do, you kind of forget about that."

Songs include: 'I'll Be There', 'Got To Be There', 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Rockin' Robin', 'Rock With You', 'Ben', 'I Am Love', 'She's Out Of My Life' and 'Billie Jean'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Motor City Beat in the USA on December 1987 with the name 'Motor City Beat: December 26, 1987 Radio Broadcast Album' *3LP Set*.

Interview - ?

Year: 12-1987
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Hot Rocks: The Michael Jackson Story (2LP Set) AlbumHot Rocks: The Michael Jackson Story (2LP Set)

United Stations Programming Network. Air date 10/31/87. Features two LP's (the second one is one sided) entirely devoted to MJ interviews and songs.
Steve O'Brien is the host. This is the same interview aired originally on the Dick Clark radio show.

Michael talks about performing on stage: "It's a love that I have...you can't put it in words. When the lights hits you, there's a certain spirit you feel, I just don't like coming off." Talks about how they came up with the song 'Rock With You', and how it was written by former "Heatwave" member Rod Temperton..."

MJ talks about the first time he met Paul and Linda McCartney "I went to this party and about how 1981's 'Heartbreak Hotel' was the inspiration for 'Thriller'.

Hot Rocks: The Michael Jackson Story (2LP Set) AlbumMichael discusses challenges in his field: "It's a challenge, it's fun...to get paid for something you love to do is a treat...because a lot of people hate their work, and it's terrible...I'm having a ball!"

The entire show is devoted to The Jacksons, with Michael and Marlon doing the full interview, with several interesting segments with Michael.

Michael talks about how he has always wanted to create “music for all races” and that if “politicians…couldn’t bring the world together, we’ll try to do it with music. That’s what I love about music.” Michael and Marlon discuss how they had always wanted to produce and write their own music and Michael talks about coming from parents with a musical background.

Also Michael talks about touring England in the late 70’s with The Osmonds and talks about 'The Wiz'.

Songs: 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Rock With You', 'She's Out Of My Life', 'The Girl Is Mine', 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It', 'Human Nature', 'P.Y.T.' (Pretty Young Thing), 'Say Say Say', 'Thriller', 'State Of Shock', 'Torture', 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', 'Liberian Girl', 'Bad'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label USP in the USA on October 1987 with the name 'Hot Rocks: The Michael Jackson Story - Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - ?

Year: 10-1987
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Dick Clark's Rock, Roll, And Remember #207 - Radio Broadcast Album *4LP Set*

Dick Clark's Rock, Roll, And Remember #207 - Radio Broadcast Album *4LP Set* (Cover)United Stations Programming Network, Show #207. Airdate 1/25-1/26/85. The Jackson Five are the featured artist on this four record set, including seven interview segments of Michael (as interviewed by Dick Clark in 1984) and one of Jermaine.

1) Michael tells the story of how the brothers first began to sing and perform in Gary, Indiana. He tells how Joe whipped Tito for using his guitar without his permission, and how the brothers learned by singing “old folk songs like “Cotton Fields Back Home”…some of the old Ray Charles stuff, and James Brown” with his father’s group, the Falcons.

2) Michael recalls how Gladys Knight and Bobby Taylor brought them to Motown and performing for Berry Gordy at his Detroit house (near the swimming pool). Michael tells the story of how he moved to California to live with Diana Ross for a year and a half before going into the studio to record their first songs.

3) Michael credits Stevie Wonder as the man who influenced him the most creatively: “God, I learned so much from him by just sitting in on his sessions and talking to him and listening…he is phenomenal! I had an interview with George Harrison in London…and he said “Stevie Wonder makes me want to retire!”…I feel the same way about Stevie, the way that he creates.”

4) Michael talks about how he was “brought up on stage and on tour, not the ordinary child life” and says that there is “nothing like being on stage, you can’t put it in words.”

5) Michael talks about performing on stage through dance: “Dancing is the most wonderful thing of all time because people communicated through bodily movement before anything…Dancing is really showing your emotions through bodily movement…When I dance, I really feel it, I feel free, and I do what I feel.”

6) Jermaine talks about why he stayed with Motown.

7) Michael talks about his lack of privacy, and why he likes staying at home.

8) Michael talks about being human and not being any better than anyone else, and why it is important to not have an ego: “There are lots of people in my field who are like that…and most of those people, they fall…because they begin to treat people who helped them badly, and to forget where they came from and forget about those who helped them get where they are. It’s real important. That’s why I thank all those. I thank everybody.”

Songs featured include: 'The Love You Save', 'ABC', 'Mama’s Pearl', 'I Want You Back', 'Never Can Say Goodbye', 'I’ll Be There', 'Got To Be There', 'Enjoy Yourself', 'Shake Your Body', 'Dancing Machine', 'Lovely One', 'Let’s Get Serious' (Jermaine), 'Rock With You', 'Human Nature', 'Beat It' and 'Billie Jean'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label USP in the USA on January 1985 with the name 'Dick Clark's Rock, Roll, And Remember #207 (USP) Radio Broadcast Album' *4LP Set*.

Interview - ?

Year: 01-1985
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Spotlight Specials: Michael Jackson Radio Broadcast Album CoverSpotlight Specials: Michael Jackson Radio Broadcast Album

Airdate 1/15/84. 2 LP set of MJ songs and interviews from the 1970's through 1983. With these 2 LP set is a 7 page cue sheet booklet in deluxe white box set. Record one includes Sides 1 and 3, and record two includes Sides 2 and 4. Also includes interview segments with Marlon, Randy, Jermaine, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, and opens with an excerpt of Don King at the Victory Tour Press Conference from Tavern On The Green in New York.

Songs featured include: 'Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, 'I Want You Back', 'Rock With You', 'Dancing Machine', 'Billie Jean', 'Ease On Down The Road', 'Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough', 'Shake Your Body' (Down To The Ground), 'I’ll Be There', 'Off The Wall', 'Ben', 'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)', 'She’s Out Of My Life', 'The Girl Is Mine', 'Say, Say, Say', 'Human Nature', 'Beat It',and 'Thriller'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label ABC Watermark in the USA on January 15th 1984 with the name 'Spotlight Specials: Michael Jackson (1/15/84) Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - ?

Year: 01-1984
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


The Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week AlbumThe Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week - Interview With The Jacksons

The entire show is devoted to The Jacksons, with Michael and Marlon doing the full interview, with several interesting segments with Michael. Michael turned 21 the day before the interview.

Michael talks about how he has always wanted to create “music for all races” and that if “politicians…couldn’t bring the world together, we’ll try to do it with music. That’s what I love about music.” Michael and Marlon discuss how they had always wanted to produce and write their own music and Michael talks about coming from parents with a musical background.

Also Michael talks about touring England in the late 70’s with The Osmonds and talks about 'The Wiz'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Watermark in the USA on March 1981 with the name 'The Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week For 3/21-22/81 Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - 50:34

Year: 03-1981
Released: USA
Playing time: 50:34 minutes


The Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week AlbumThe Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week - Interview With The Jacksons

The entire show is devoted to The Jacksons, with Michael and Marlon doing the full interview, with several interesting segments with Michael. Michael turned 21 the day before the interview.

Michael talks about how he has always wanted to create “music for all races” and that if “politicians…couldn’t bring the world together, we’ll try to do it with music. That’s what I love about music.” Michael and Marlon discuss how they had always wanted to produce and write their own music and Michael talks about coming from parents with a musical background.

Also Michael talks about touring England in the late 70’s with The Osmonds and talks about 'The Wiz'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Watermark in the USA on August 1980 with the name 'The Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week For 8/9-10/80 Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - 52:00

Year: 08-1980
Released: USA
Playing time: 52:00 minutes


Unheard Michael Jackson & Hermes Pan Personal Interview - Discussion Of The Moonwalk & Dancing From The Legends

It is a personal interview by Michael Jackson of famed choreographer Hermes Pan, the legend that coached such greats as Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The interview is out of the beginning of the 80's and roughly 20 minutes long in it's cleaned up form.

The interview is personal, Michael at the beginning mentions that this is for his own use and not for commercial release. The two legends speak about multiple things, all related to dancing and music. Michael asks many questions about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and how they worked together in times past. It is great to hear these two speak so personally to one another.

Interview - 20:00

1 Original DAT Michael Jackson + 2 CD COPY

Unheard Michael Jackson & Hermes Pan Personal Interview

Year: 80's
Released:?
Playing time: 20:00 minutes


Star Trak Show For Week Of January 29, 1979 Radio Broadcast AlbumStar Trak Show For Week Of January 29, 1979 Radio Broadcast Album

One sided green label broadcast record that features three MJ interview segments, and a fourth with the Jacksons talking about Michael. Interviews conducted by Candy Tusken of Westwood One's Star Trak.

1) In the first segment, Michael talks about the Jacksons’ multicolored “peacock” logo: “It’s about our whole goal with music to bring all races together through love and harmony…through listening to music” and how concerts are a way of bringing all races together.

2) Michael talks about what it was like to perform for the Queen of England: “It was a lot of fun, a lot of royalty...” He talks about the Queen walking on the red carpet, “her dress is covered in jewels and rubies, nothing is fake…it was incredible!”

3) The Jacksons (Jackie and Marlon) talk about how Michael as a 10 year old missed out on a lot of his childhood because he was “constantly on the stage all the time” and how Michael used to like to draw during his time offstage. Marlon talks about show business being “fun” and not work at all.

4) Following his role as the Scarecrow in the Wiz, MJ talks about the differences between singing and acting: “When you think about it, they all tie in a lot the same. The way you feel a song, you have to feel the acting, the same thing. When you perform a character on the screen, even after you make the movie, you still feel like you are that person…that character.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Star Trak in the USA on January 1979 with the name 'Star Trak Show For Week Of January 29, 1979 Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - ?

Year: 01-1979
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Record Report With Robert W. Morgan: January 15, 1979 Radio Broadcast Album

Record Report With Robert W. Morgan: January 15, 1979 Radio Broadcast AlbumSide 2 features two interview segments: one with The Jacksons, and one with Michael. There is also an intro for "The Record Report" done by The Jacksons. Comes with no record cover.

Jackie talks about changing their name to "The Jacksons" and dispute with Motown as to who owns the name "The Jackson Five". Tito talks about writing and producing all of the songs for the Destiny album. Randy talks about working with previous producers.

Michael talks about how people always ask him "Where's Michael Jackson?" while looking down, expecting a much shorter person. He compares this expectation for all child stars ("people still expect you to be small"), mentioning Shirley Temple as an example, where people think of the little girl from the movies, when she is now a grown woman. He agrees that being in The Wiz helps with this, but now little kids come up to him and ask "Where's the Scarecrow?" He then talks about doing his solo album with Quincy Jones, and how that Stevie Wonder wrote some songs for it and "I think it's gonna be really nice."

There is also a short promo spot done by The Jacksons (after an intro of Dancing Machine). "(as group) Hi! We're The Jacksons! (Michael) and please listen this week when we'll be talking to Robert W. Morgan on (as group) Record Report!"

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Record Report in the USA on January 1979 with the name 'Record Report With Robert W. Morgan: January 15, 1979 Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - ?

Year: 01-1979
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Earth News For The Week January 1, 1979 Radio Broadcast AlbumEarth News For The Week January 1, 1979 Radio Broadcast Album

Includes five interview segments that feature Michael.

1) Michael and Marlon Jackson talk about how they were “manipulated and controlled” (musically and socially) by Motown, but did not complain about it, and praised Motown for helping them sell 60 million records. Marlon recalls how Motown aborted an interview with the brothers in 1975 when they were asked a question about race because there was a “certain image they wanted”. Michael talks about how he could hardly recognize a song after Motown producers were finished with them.

1) Michael talks about Jermaine and if it bothered him that he was still at Motown, and no longer with the group: “Yes, it does, we wish he was still with us, but he’s happy there, and that’s where he wants to be.”

2) Michael and Marlon discuss the original Motown story of how they were discovered and the “real” story of how they were discovered.

3) Michael discusses how, at 20 years old he hasn’t changed that much at all (“It’s still me, it’s still my heart, it’s still my way of thinking…it’s more developed and more experienced”) and that he knows he is a better performer today than when he first started singing with the J5: “it’s not a bragging thing, but I know I am”.

4) Michael talks about how he is addicted to performing, and that he is only happy on stage where he is “more relaxed and at ease than anywhere.”

5) In the final segment, Michael talks in detail about how he was disappointed and frustrated by the limitations placed on him in the production of The Wiz: “I know I could have done so much more, but I had to stick to what I was told…and supposed to do as the Scarecrow.

Song excerpts include: 'I Want You Back', 'ABC', 'Ben', 'Blame It On The Boogie', 'You Can’t Win'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Earth News in the USA on January 1979 with the name 'Earth News For The Week January 1, 1979 Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - ?

Year: 01-1979
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


A Very Special Musical Interview Feature With The Stars Of 'The Wiz' (2 LP Set)

A Very Special Musical Interview Feature With The Stars Of 'The Wiz' (2 LP Set) CoverThis deluxe two record set with picture cover features soundtrack excerpts, interviews with the stars, director and producer of 'The Wiz', along with Quincy Jones. Interviews by Fred Robbins.

In Michael’s interview segment, he talks about how much he loves Diana and when he found out she was starring in 'The Wiz', he called her in Las Vegas:

"I hope you have a great time in doing the Wiz...and the next thing I knew, I was in the movie myself! The Scarecrow was always my favorite".

He talks about how he loved the Broadway play with Stephanie Mills, and how during the first reading of the movie, everyone was tense. Then Michael talks about the music being the highlight of the film calling it “funky…you can smell it, that’s how strong” and then talks about the song 'You Can’t Win' by saying “it’s got a smell to it!”, which is then played in its entirety. Michael talks about how he wants the music to turn the movie theatres into a discotech by getting people out of their seats and dancing.

In the second record, Quincy tells about how he got involved in the project, and what it what it was like to work with the cast of the film, including Michael and Diana Ross. The record features dialogue and music from the movie including 'Ease On Down The Road'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Backstage Productions in the USA in 1978 with the name 'A Very Special Musical Interview Feature With The Stars Of "The Wiz"' 2 LP Set.

Interview - ?

Year: 1978
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Earth News For The Week Of May 31, 1976 Radio Broadcast AlbumEarth News For The Week Of May 31, 1976 Radio Broadcast Album

Michael and the Jackson Five are featured on three interview segments.

1) Michael, as a 17 year old member of the Jackson Five says "I really don't like to see myself in the magazines.. .I don’t like to look at myself in pictures. They don't come out good." Tito talks about a magazine that featured an exaggerated story about the brothers being in a car accident years ago.

2) The brothers react to an incident two years earlier after a David Cassidy concert in London which led to hundreds of injuries and one dead fan. Tito talks about how they cancelled their London concerts after that because they did not want people to get hurt. Michael adds “This has happened many times to us but we just don’t promote it like David Cassidy does…on the news…for promotion.” Tito talks about how they sometimes have stopped a show and left the stage to get the crowd to settle down. Michael talks about a tragic incident at one of their concerts: “One time we did a State Fair in Milwaukee. It was 150,000, the biggest crowd we ever drew. And two people had a heart attack (and died).”

3) Michael talks about being a huge fan of writer Ernest Hemingway and loaning his favorite Hemingway book “The Old Man And The Sea” to an Australian writer because “I like to share my books”. Tito talks about the jealous boyfriends yelling at them from the crowd while on stage performing.

Song excerpts include: 'ABC', 'Whatever You Got', 'I Want You Back', 'Never Can Say Goodbye', 'Dancing Machine'.

This interview was been released on a vinyl album through the label Earth News in the USA on May 1976 with the name 'Earth News For The Week Of May 31, 1976 Radio Broadcast Album'.

Interview - ?

Year: 05-1976
Released: USA
Playing time: ? minutes


Rappin' with the Jackson Five Single CoverRappin' with the Jackson Five

In the year 1970, The brothers talk about their favourite groups, girls, their return visit to Gary and the helicopter ride, their plans for the future and the songs they have been writing.

This interview was been released on a vinyl single through the label Motown in the USA in 1970 with the name 'Rappin' with the Jackson Five', this record could be bought only TCB magazine, the Jackson Official US Magazine.

A longer version featured on Episode 15: The Jackson 5 - Brotherly Love, one of a series of Motown 50 podcasts - no official release.

Interview - 15:29

Year: 1970
Released: USA
Playing time: 15:29 minutes

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