Michael Jackson On ’70s Variety Shows

When ‘The Greatest’ was at his best


 

Anyone who heard about the death of Michael Jackson flashed back to the time when he was at his best, whenever that was; it seems like when a celebrity dies, our first instinct is to remember that person at his or her best. I suspect most people are flashing back to his ’80s golden age as the King of Pop. His early ’80s stuff is good, but my own flashbacks were to the ’70s; the disco influences of Off the Wall make me like it best because I have to admit that, as John Lennon said, “I like the disco music.” And I think “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” is just a very entertaining song.

And my next instinct was to look for clips of Michael Jackson in the ’70s, performing on the comedy/variety shows that were still very much a part of prime-time TV in that era (and which networks keep trying and failing to bring back). Here are four such clips.

A brief clip from the Jacksons’ own short-lived variety show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNJ8N9W7v6c

Jackson and the Jackson Five on The Carol Burnett Show:


Jackson on The Flip Wilson Show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZqRMwx3udo

Jackson and the Five on Sonny and Cher:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpMm3NeL2Yk


 

Michael Jackson On ’70s Variety Shows

  1. michael jackson idolum I am

  2. Jaime, you're missing the obvious post; Michael Jackson's best performance in recent times was on The Simpsons as Leon Kompowski, "the fat white guy who thinks he's the skinny black guy."

    You should definitely find a way to link to that.

  3. I will surely miss Michael Jackson, he is really worthy of the name King of Pop and he is certainly one of the greatest musicians of all time.