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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson 1972
Michael Joseph Jackson
Gary, Aug. 29, 1958 -
Los Angeles, June 25, 2009,
American singer, songwriter,
dancer, and actor
(photo: 1972, when
his solo career began)
Artist name: "Michael Jackson"

Band names:
--- "The Jackson Brothers" (1964)
--- "The Jackson Five" (1965)
--- "Michael Jackson" (solo since October 1971)

Song title: "Big Boy"

Genre: Soul

--- Jackie Jackson - vocals
--- Tito Jackson - vocals, guitar
--- Marlon Jackson - vocals
--- Michael Jackson - lead vocals
--- Jermaine Jackson - lead vocals, bass guitar

Writer: Eddie Silvers

--- Title: "I'm a Big Boy Now"
--- Recorded: July 13, 1967
--- Producer: Gordon Keith
--- Studio: Tone Studios, 1827 South Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, USA
--- Label: One-derful Records
--- Format: Audiotape
--- Lenght: 2:56

--- Title: "Big Boy"
--- Recorded: November 1967 - Chicago, Illinois, USA
--- Released: January 1968 - Gary, Lake, Indiana, USA
--- Producers: Ben Brown, Gordon Keith
--- Studio: Morrison Sound Studio, West 69th Street, South Chicago, Illinois, USA
--- Label: Steeltown Records
--- Format: Vinyl 7", 45 rpm. On B-side: "You've Changed", written by Jesse Reese
--- Lenght: 2:30

Features: "Big Boy" was the first song sung by Michael Jackson, performed and recorded with his brothers as "The Jackson Five" band. They began their career performing at talent contests, which they would often win. In 1967 Gordon Keith, owner of Steeltown Records, signed the band to six-month contract with him; in November of that year, at the Sunny Sawyer's Morrison Sound Studio in South Chicago, The Jackson Five - Jackie (16), Tito (14), Jermaine (12), Marlon (10) and Michael (9) - recorded "Big Boy", a song written by saxophonist Eddie Silvers, who at the time was playing in a group called the Soul Merchants and working as music director for Chicago R&B label One-derful Records. On B-side: "You've Changed", written by Jesse Reese. In the same session, the group recorded also "We Don't Have to Be Over 21", by Sherman Nesbary, and "Some Girls Want Me for Their Lover", authorship unclear.
"Big Boy" was released in January 1968, initially hand-sold by Michael and his brothers during their performances; two months later it was picked up for national ditribution by Atco, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records: sold well locally, it failed to register on any of Billboard's charts.
Michael Jackson made his debut as solo in later 1971, with "Got to Be There", a single released on October 7 under Motown Records label; on January 24, 1972, under the same name and the same label, his first solo studio album was released. It sold about 900,000 copies in the USA and over 3.2 million copies worldwide.

Interestings facts: The very first recording of "Big Boy" dates back to July 13, 1967, under the title "I'm a Big Boy Now". The Jackson Five had cut the track for Chicago's One-derful Records, playing all of their own instruments at the label's Tone Studios. This session had been all but forgotten until 2009, when guitarist Larry Blasingaine brought it to the attention of Jake Austen, a Chicago Reader writer who was researching a story about the Steeltown release.

Quote (Michael Jackson): «A star can never die. It just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life».

Property: © One-derful Records - © Steeltown Records

The Jackson Five 1965 announcement
The Jackson Five, announcement (1965). On Michael's 7th birthday, Aug. 29, 1965, the brothers perform "Doin' the Jerk" (by The Larks) at a fashion show in Gary, Indiana's Big Top Department Store: Tiny Tots' Back-to-School "Jamboree". This is the first time they have played under the name "The Jackson Five".

The Jackson Five 1966 on Gary Post Tribune
The Jackson Five, article on Gary Post Tribune (1966). The Jackson Five won the Annual Talent Search at the Gilroy Stadium in Gary. During this performance Michael impressed the audience and his brothers by his dance improvisation for the song Barefootin’, a hit of Robert Parker, on which Michael sang lead.

The Jackson Five in 1967 with Johnny
The Jackson Five with Johnny on drums (1967). Marlon, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine, and Michael, with Johnny Jackson (no relation) on drums.

I'm a Big Boy Now - July 13, 1967
"I'm a Big Boy Now" (July 13, 1967), reel and studio worksheet of the earliest known studio recording, from One-derful Records.

Big Boy - November 1967
"Big Boy" (November 1967), master reel of the Steeltown Records demo version.

Big Boy - January 1968
"Big Boy" (January 1968), Steeltown Records first release (Steeltown 681). On B-side: "You've Changed", written by Jesse Reese. The single will be distributed locally and the Jackson brothers will sell during their performances.

Big Boy - cover - March 1968Big Boy - March 1968
"Big Boy" (March 5, 1968), Steeltown Records second release, distributed nationally by Atco, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, about 10,000 copies.

"Big Boy" original audio from the single (1968)

Fairy tales, fairy tales
I don't enjoy
Fairy tales and wishful dreams
Are broken toys

'Cause I'm a big boy now (Big boy)
That's looking for (Big boy)
Someone to love, oh yeah
Someone, someone to share my dreams,
oh yeah

Mother goose, oh mother goose
Oh, won't you join
All I need is an ol' lovely girl
Holding my arm

'Cause I'm a big boy now (Big boy)
That's looking for (Big boy)
Someone to love, oh yeah
Someone, someone to share my dreams,
oh yeah

Skating boards
And kiddie cars
Have had their day
Dating at the picture show with you
Is here to stay

'Cause I'm a big boy now (Big boy)
That's looking for (Big boy)
Someone to love, oh yeah
Someone, someone to share my dreams,
oh yeah

Come on, baby
Come on, baby, ooh
"Big Boy" lyrics

Got to Be There - cover - October 1971Got to Be There - October 1971
"Got to Be There" single (October 7, 1971). Written by Elliot Willensky and released as Michael Jackson's first solo single. On B-side: "Maria (You Were the Only One)", written and composed by Larry Brown, Shadee, George Gordy and Linda Glover. Producer Hal Davison, label Motown Records.

Got to Be There - January 1972
"Got to Be There" album (January 24, 1972). Michael Jackson's debut studio album which includes the song of the same name, fifth track of ten, debut solo single. Producers: Hal Davis, The Corporation, Willie Hutch; label Motown Records. It sold about 900,000 copies in the United States and over 3.2 million copies worldwide.

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The first woman to wear a hijab in Playboy. Noor Tagouri, a 22-year-old Muslim journalist who wants to become the first anchor wearing a hijab while on television, was photographed and interview for Playboy's "Renegade" issue, October 2016, a special issue focusing on men and women "who risked it all - even their lives - to do what they love".

September 30, 2016 - SPACE

The first space mission ever to orbit a comet's nucleus and land a probe on its surface. ESA's Rosetta also was the first spacecraft to fly alongside a comet as it heads towards the inner Solar System, watching how this icy object is transformed by the warmth of the Sun.

FV Weekly News 2016: 8/28 - 9/3

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September 1, 2016 - BARI, Italy

The first video replays used in an international soccer match. FIFA successfully conducted its first official "semi-live" Video Assistant Referees (VAR) test during the friendly match between Italy and France in Bari.

August 31, 2016 - SANTA CLARA, Cuba

The first scheduled flight arrived in Cuba from the United States in over 50 years. The historic flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Santa Clara, Cuba builds on the President Obama's promise to reengage Cuba.

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August 27, 2016 - SPACE

The first close-up images of Jupiter taken by Juno spacecraft. The Juno's onboard photographer, Junocam, snapped some photos on August 27, when Juno passed about 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter's swirling clouds.

August 25, 2016 - SINGAPORE

The first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore. NuTonomy launches world's first public trial of self-driving car service and ride-hailing App.

August 24, 2016 - CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot without electronics. A team of Harvard University researchers has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot nicknamed "octobot".

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August 20, 2016 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

The first same-sex married couple to compete in the Olimpics wins gold: British field hockey players Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh.

August 20, 2016 - LONDON, UK

The first two underground lines launching a night service: Victoria and Central lines. London's Underground became a 24-hour service.

August 19, 2016 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

The first man to record a "triple-triple" of Olympic titles: the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wins the 4 × 100 metres relay; it means Bolt has completed an unprecedented "triple-triple" by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at three consecutive Olympic Games, 2008, 2012 and 2016, nine gold medals in total.

August 19, 2016 - LONDON, UK

The first contemporary art exhibition for dogs. British inventor Dominic Wilcox is proving that art isn't just for humans, with a new contemporary exhibition for our canine friends.

August 18, 2016 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

The first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal: Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin wins taekwondo bronze in the 57kg category.

August 18, 2016 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

The first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling: U.S. wrestler Helen Maroulis faces down legend Saori Yoshida.

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The first flight of the world's largest aircraft: Airlander 10, nicknamed "the Flying Bum" for its shape.

Tarzan (film)

Tarzan of the Apes 1918 film title
Tarzan of the Apes
(1918) film title frame
Title: "Tarzan of the Apes"

Category: Movies

Subcategory: Action/Adventure

Director: Scott Sidney

--- Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel)
--- Fred Miller
--- Lois Weber

Based on: "Tarzan of the Apes"
by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)

Scott Sidney
Scott Sidney
Warren C., Apr. 27, 1874
- London, July 20, 1928,
director of the 1918 film
Tarzan of the Apes
--- Elmo Lincoln (Tarzan)
--- Enid Markey (Jane Porter)
--- True Boardman (John Clayton)
--- Kathleen Kirkham (Alice Clayton)
--- George B. French (Binns, a sailor)
--- Gordon Griffith (Tarzan, younger)
--- Colin Kenny (William Cecil Clayton)
--- Thomas Jefferson (Professor Porter)
--- Bessie Toner (Bar Maid)
--- Jack Wilson (Captain of the Fuwalda)
--- Louis Morrison (Innkeeper)
--- Eugene Pallette
--- Fred L. Wilson

Cinematography: Enrique Juan Vallejo

Producer: William Parsons

Production company: National Film Corporation of America

Distributor: First National Exhibitors' Circuit

Released: January 27, 1918 - Broadway, New York, USA

Running time: 73 min.

Color: Black and White

Language: Silent

Summary plot: John and Alice Clayton take ship for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die the newborn Tarzan is taken by a great Ape, Kala. Later the boy finds his father's knife and uses it to become King of Apes. Binns, the sailor who saved the Claytons and who has been held by Arab slavers for ten years, finds the young Tarzan and then heads for England to notify his kin. A scientist arrives to check out Binns' story. Tarzan, now a man, kills the native who killed Kala; when their chief is killed the black villagers appease Tarzan with gifts and prayers. The scientist's daughter Jane is carried off by a native, rescued by Tarzan, aggressively loved by him, and at last accepts him with open arms.

Interesting facts: Tarzan of the Apes, the first Tarzan movie ever made released in 1918 in the US, is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' homonymic novel. The movie adapts only the first part of the novel, the remainder becoming the basis for the sequel, The Romance of Tarzan. Tarzan of the Apes was filmed in 1917 in Morgan City, Louisiana, utilizing Louisiana swamps as a stand-in for the African jungle. National Film Corporation hired eight acrobats to play apes for which costumes made from goat skins and elaborate masks were constructed.

Slogan: «The most stupendous, amazing, startling, film production in the world's history»

Property: © National Film Corporation of America

Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising January 26, 1918
Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising (The evening world, January 26, 1918)

Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising January 27, 1918
Tarzan of the Apes newspaper advertising (The New York Times, January 27, 1918)

Tarzan of the Apes theatrical poster 1918
Tarzan of the Apes theatrical poster (1918)

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Tarzan of the Apes original posters (1918)

Tarzan of the Apes advertising 1918
Tarzan of the Apes advertising (Moving Picture World, January-March 1918)

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Tarzan of the Apes advertising cards (1918)

Tarzan of the Apes, Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey
Tarzan of the Apes, Enid Markey as Jane Porter and Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan (1918)

Tarzan of the Apes, complete film (2004 Platinum Disc version of the 1918 original, 60 min.)