Born on this day: December 8, 1925 - Entertainer extraordinaire Sammy Davis, Jr. (born Samuel George Davis, Jr. in Harlem, New York City, NY) Happy Birthday to this entertainment icon on what would have been his 88th Birthday. We love you, Sammy!!!
After nearly a month, I have finally updated my blog. This time around, it is about the next generation of family members of Michael’s. I did a similar blog post last year and it was pretty popular. Let’s hope this one does the same.
On this day in music history: December 7, 1991 - “Black Or White” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks. Written by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell, it is the twelfth solo chart topper (sixteenth overall) for “The King Of Pop”. Issued as the first single from “Dangerous”, the track will be supported by an elaborate eleven minute long short film directed by John Landis (“Thriller”). The clip will have its broadcast debut simultaneously on MTV, BET, VH1, and the Fox television network on November 14, 1991, drawing a record breaking viewing audience. However, the extended dance sequence of the film will draw controversy due to several scenes of Jackson rubbing and grabbing his crotch as well as destroying a car and breaking windows. The singer will issue a statement the next day apologizing, stating that “the violent and suggestive behavior was an interpretation of the black panther’s animal instincts”. The controversy will not hurt the song’s airplay or sales. It will end up being the fastest rising single on the Hot 100 since The Beatles “Get Back” in 1969. Entering the Hot 100 at #35 on November 23, 1991, it will pole vault to the top of the chart two weeks later. Jackson will also become the first artist in history to have number one singles in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. On the UK singles chart, it will be the first single to enter the chart at number one since Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never” in 1960. It will also hit number one in seventeen other countries, and will be ranked the top single of 1991 by Billboard Magazine. “Black Or White” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.