WHO: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a candlelight vigil in honor of the life and legacy of Michael Jackson this Tuesday evening.

WHAT:
On Tuesday, July 7 at 9 p.m. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s remembrance of Michael Jackson will commence with a special program honoring the life and musical legacy of this two-time Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame Inductee.

The program will include a short memorial presentation by Pastor Jawanza Colvin of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church and Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum,
followed by fan testimonials and a candlelight vigil outside on the Museum’s Plaza.  A limited supply of candles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis courtesy of the Rock Hall. Fans are also welcome to
bring a Jackson- inspired memento to the event; the Rock Hall will provide a memorial space.

WHEN: 
Tuesday, July 7 at 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Outside plaza
1100 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

MORE: In addition to the Rock Hall’s permanent Michael Jackson exhibit, the Museum will unveil a special memorial wall on Tuesday dedicated to Jackson in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall.

About Michael Jackson
As a child star with the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson displayed showbiz savvy well beyond his years. He was 11 in 1970, when the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” their first single for Motown, hit Number One and sold more than 2 million copies. The precocious singer, dancer and frontman was largely responsible for the group’s remarkable success. The Jackson 5 are the only group in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100 to have their first four singles go to Number One, and they ultimately scored 13 Top 20 hits.

As a solo artist, Michael soared beyond the stardom he’d known with the Jacksons. The makeover from teen sensation to adult superstar began with his move from Motown to Epic Records in 1976. Jackson donned a tuxedo for the cover of Off the Wall (1979) and a casually elegant white suit for Thriller (1982). The music on those albums was sleek, polished dance-pop. Thriller became one of the biggest albums in pop history, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide and earning a record eight Grammys and more than 150 gold and platinum awards.

Jackson’s spectacular celebrity transformed him into the global icon of the 1980s. Onstage and in videos he cut a riveting figure, with his blackout shades, spangled glove and loafers. On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed “Billie Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Los Angeles Civic Center and debuted his signature moonwalk dance. Later that year MTV began playing the song’s video. It marked the first time the cable network had put a video by an African-American artist into heavy rotation. Jackson was a strong presence on MTV throughout the 1980s. He followed the phenomenal Thriller with Bad (1987), which launched five Number One singles (“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”)

Michael Jackson’s first release of the 1990s, Dangerous (1991), also topped the charts. Throughout the decade he fought both shifting musical tastes and the tabloids but continued to have Top 10 hits, including two from his greatest-hits collection: “You Are Not Alone” and “Scream,” a duet with his sister Janet. The video for “Scream” cost an unprecedented $4 million. He released Invincible in 2001.
In July 2008, after three years out of the spotlight, Jackson announced a series of concerts at London’s O2 Arena. Seventy-five thousand tickets sold in four hours when they went on sale in March 2009. However, some of the shows, initially scheduled to begin in July, were eventually postponed until 2010. On June 25, 2009, Jackson died from cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. 
Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and as a solo artist in 2001.

About the Michael Jackson Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a permanent exhibition dedicated to Michael Jackson in the Legends of Rock exhibit in the Ahmet M. Ertegün Main Exhibit Hall.  All artifacts are collection of Michael Jackson unless otherwise noted and include the following collection pieces:

Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 Outfit, 1971
Design by Bill Whitten
collection of universal music group

Michael Jackson Grammy Award, 1984
Michael Jackson won eight Grammys for Thriller at the 1984 ceremony. He set the record for most Grammys for a single album, a record that has been matched only once, by Santana’s 1999 album, Supernatural.

Michael Jackson Jacket, 1984
Design by Bill Whitten
Michael Jackson wore this jacket to the 1984 Grammy ceremony.

Michael Jackson Mask, 1992
Design by Rick Baker
Michael Jackson wore this mask during performances of “Thriller” on the Dangerous world tour, 1992-1993, and the HIStory world tour, 1996-1997.

Michael Jackson Jacket, 1983
Design by Deborah Nadoolman
Michael Jackson wore this jacket in the video for “Thriller.” Directed by John Landis, the 14-minute video first aired on MTV on December 2, 1983, and set higher standards for music-video production with its intricate storyline and extensive use of makeup and costumes.

Michael Jackson Glove, 1992
Original design by Michael Jackson and Bill Whitten
Created by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins
Michael Jackson wore this glove during performances of “Billie Jean” on his Dangerous tour.

Michael Jackson Outfit, 1992
Design by Michael Jackson, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush
Michael Jackson wore this outfit during performances of “Billie Jean” on his Dangerous tour, 1992 - 1993.

Michael Jackson Outfit, 1987
Michael Jackson wore this outfit in his video for “Bad,” directed by Martin Scorsese. The song reached Number One.

About the Michael Jackson Memorial Wall Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock Hall pays tribute to the life and music of Michael Jackson with a special memorial wall exhibit opening on July 7, 2009. The following collection pieces will be exhibited:

Jermaine and Michael Jackson, photograph, c.1972
gift of jeff gold
Michael Jackson idolized his older brother Jermaine.

The Jacksons in Japan, photograph, c. 1973
gift of jeff gold
Left to right: Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, Michael, Randy and Jackie

Michael Jackson with His Parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson, photograph, c. 1973
gift of jeff gold

Michael Jackson Swimming, photograph, c. 1972
gift of jeff gold

The Jackson 5 Onstage, photograph, c. 1972
collection of the rock and roll hall of fame and museum
Left to right: Tito, Marlon, Jackie, Michael and Jermaine

The Jackson 5 Onstage, photograph, c. 1971
collection of the rock and roll hall of fame and museum
Left to right: Tito, Marlon, Jackie, Michael and Jermaine

The Jackson 5, photograph, c. 1972
collection of the rock and roll hall of fame and museum Left to right: Tito, Marlon, Jackie, Jermaine and Michael

The Jackson 5, photograph, 1971
collection of universal music
Left to right: Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, Jackie and Tito The outfit that Michael Jackson is wearing in this photo is featured in the Michael Jackson exhibit in the center of this gallery.

Michael Jackson at the 12th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, photograph, May 6, 1997
Photo by Sheryl Olson/Mazur collection of the rock and roll hall of fame and museum
Left to right: Marlon, Michael and Tito Jackson.  Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997. The induction ceremony, traditionally held in New York City, took place in Cleveland, Ohio that year.

Michael Jackson at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards, photograph, February 28, 1984
collection of the estate of michael jackson
Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammys for his 1982 album, Thriller.

Michael Jackson at the 16th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, photograph, March 19, 2001
Photo by Kevin Mazur
courtesy of getty images
Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2001.

Michael Jackson, photograph, October 10, 1988
Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio
Photo by Janet Macoska
gift of the photographer
Michael Jackson’s Bad World Tour was his first as a solo artist. The tour spanned 16 months, from September 1987 to January 1989. It included 123 concerts, spanned 15 countries and attracted 4.4 million fans. It was the largest-grossing and largest-attended tour up to that point.

Creem Magazine, September 1971
gift of jeff gold
The Jackson 5 were depicted in a Saturday-morning cartoon series on ABC-TV from 1971 through 1973.  ABC rebroadcast the series during the
1984-1985 Saturday-morning season.

Rolling Stone Magazine, April 29, 1971
collection of the rock and roll hall of fame and museum This was Michael Jackson’s first of six appearances on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Rock and Soul Songs Magazine, November 1971 gift of terry stewart

Life Magazine, April 1985
gift of david schoonover
This Life magazine article commemorated the historic “We Are the World” recording. The song was a benefit project for the USA for Africa charity, and the recoding became the top-selling single up to that point. Michael Jackson was co-composer and performed on the single, along with a cast of music stars.

Rolling Stone Magazine, January 9, 1992 and February 17, 1983
collection of the rock and roll hall of fame and museum

Michael Jackson Jacket, c. 1994
Design by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush
collection of the estate of michael jackson
Michael Jackson wore this jacket at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.
He and his then-fiancé, Lisa Marie Presley, shared a lengthy kiss onstage.

Michael Jackson Shoes, c. 1988
collection of the estate of michael jackson
Black penny loafers became identified with Michael Jackson in the wake of his iconic 1982 “Billie Jean” video and his performance of the song on the Motown 25th Anniversary television special.  Jackson wore these shoes during the 1987-‘89 Bad world tour.

Michael Jackson Belt, c. 2000
Design by Allan Adler
collection of the estate of michael jackson
Each one of the relief panels of this belt commemorates a milestone in Michael Jackson’s life and career.  The first small panel, which features one large cherub surrounded by four smaller ones, seems to represent Jackson along with his brothers in the Jackson 5.  The fourth small panel, showing a cherub up on its toes and sporting a jeweled glove, could be a representation of Jackson’s iconic moonwalking performance on the 1983 Motown 25th Anniversary television special.

Michael Jackson Belt, c. 1992
Design by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush
collection of the estate of michael jackson Michael Jackson wore this belt in the 1992 video for the song “Remember the Time.” The video was set in ancient Egypt and featured appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its national educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day) the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (60+), $13 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.8425 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK.

 

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