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How A 45-Minute Visit With Michael Jackson Led To Years Of Nightmares

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*This might be the absolute saddest ‘True Story’ you’ve ever read about Michael Jackson. A friend sent it to me and after reading it, I tracked down the author to ask if we could reprint it. His name is David Munk, and he graciously allowed us to publish his story. Get your coffee, tea or juice and snuggle up. It’s a long and fascinating read.

Here it is in its entirety.

In the years since Michael Jackson’s tragic death, passion for all things related to the brilliant, troubled superstar has only increased.  From the profound—his peerless musical legacy, to the perverse—endless speculation about his nose and myriad of other personal eccentricities, it seems that no subject is beyond the interest of his ever-growing fan-base.  In the early-2000s while running the music publishing company for songwriter/socialite Denise Rich, I had an unexpected and unforgettable opportunity to spend 45 minutes in private audience with the “King of Pop”  Though the circumstances were mysterious and the take-away confusing, it was certainly unforgettable.  Here is my completely true, first-hand account of how I came to have a private audience with Michael Jackson, one of the greatest recording artists of all-time.  I have written the entire story from notes that I wrote shortly after our visit; nothing is exaggerated.

The intercom buzzed.  It was Denise…obviously.  “Oh, oh, is this David?  It’s Denise,” she said, always emphasizing the second syllable of her name in that breathy, singsong, little-girl voice, as if I might not be able to identify my boss, with or without the caller I.D. that said “bedroom.”  Denise’s voice was a curious instrument that sounded like a B’nai Brith Marilyn Monroe and frequently made me feel like she’d stepped out of a photo session with Bert Stern just to tell me a secret.  “Hi, Denise, yes it’s me,” said I, with an insincere air of surprise, in what had come to be our version of Rhoda’s daily routine with Carlton the doorman.  “Oh…okay,” she’d say, trail off for a moment, and then return, breaking into a nervous but warm laugh, which seemed to celebrate the simple act of having clearly established our identities and proximity to each other within the spralling 5th Avenue triplex aerie she called “home” and I called “office.”  Denise’s happy laugh was always a sign we were moving in the right direction, like the chortle of a baby that had only just discovered its toes.

This same bit of business played itself out every time we spoke—which is to say incessantly—but for Denise Rich, songwriter/socialite (that was the order she liked me to use), each time she spoke to me on the intercom was like our first hello.  “Listen…what I wanted to say was…okay…be ready to leave…in about a half an hour..be ready, okay?”  The word “distractible” did not begin to measure Denise’s level of conversational disengagement. “Sure,” I said.  “Where are we going?”  “I’ll explain on the way…I’ll come down…I’ll see you soon…Okay…Buh, bye!”  Click. Continue reading

Jackson Fans Go Nuts Over FB Live Videos of Author Shana Mangatal and EURweb’s DeBorah B. Pryor

L-R Shana Mangatal and DeBorah B. Pryor

*Oh boy! We couldn’t let this one go by.

Apparently, EURweb senior editor DeBorah B. Pryor has been steppin’ out on us. As it turns out, she and ‘Michael and Me’ author, Shana Mangatal, have been hosting Facebook Live videos, and from the number of views and active participation, MJ fans have been overjoyed at the teaming — with some even saying they should get a talk show!

In this, the 2nd of their FB Live videos, Shana reveals exclusive never-before-released naughty lyrics dictated to her by Michael Jackson over the phone, when she was a receptionist at the office of his management team, Sandy Gallin and Associates. Continue reading

Elvis Presley’s Daughter, Lisa Marie, Claims She is Broke as Hell! (Watch)

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*DaYUM! How does one go through $300 million dollars in one lifetime? I guess we will have to ask one Lisa Marie Presley, who as the sole heir of her father, Elvis Presley’s estate, estimated at the hefty amount, doesn’t appear to have a pot of her own to piss in today.

Can I repeat, daYUM!!!

Hey, it’s not like I went looking for this info. I actually stumbled across it and nearly caught a bug in my mouth because it stayed open for so long.

Presley actually laid the situation out in court papers because she is seeking a divorce from her FOURTH husband. Seems she went through several more after the short-lived marriage to Michael Jackson and then to Nicolas Cage.

But her dire financial straights is just one of the shocking items in the court documents. Equally shocking is the REASON Presley is seeking divorce from her musician husband, Michael Lockwood. According to the still aspiring singer, she found “inappropriate photos of children” on his computer.

Uh oh. Continue reading

Jealous MJ Fans, This Interview with ‘Michael and Me’ Author, Shana Mangatal, Won’t Cure You

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Photo courtesy: Shana Mangatal / Credit: Basim Abdel

*Sorry. They say truth can be hard on the ears. But face it, some things you’ve just got to live with. So I’ve got one bit of advice for the Michael Jackson fans who continue to throw shade at Shana Mangatal, the beautiful woman who had a decades long friendship and romance with the King of Pop, and seven years after his passing turned her diaries into a book titled, Michael and Me.

Get over yourself. 

Hear me out, will ya? When I was first approached by veteran publicist Lynn Jeter, to review ‘Michael and Me,’ I had the same apprehension as many of you. Afterall, how easy would it be for some twit to fabricate a story about a romance with the world’s biggest star…after he died and couldn’t refute it!

I was prepared to not like it, or HER, at all (and would later tell her this)! The invitation to review the book came with a package that included several reviews that had already been written. But I trashed them without even looking (still haven’t!) as any writer worth his or her salt relies on her own thoughts and this writer didn’t need help from anyone.

So I read and reviewed the book. And if you haven’t already, you can  read that review hereBut afterwards I felt I had to interview Shana Mangatal. I felt a connection with her. Not only because many of the things in her book checked out against my own personal knowledge, the history of the times, etc., but because we both shared a rare, yet similar relationship with larger-than-life men.

I, with another celebrity…icon.

I purposely chose to write about my interview with Shana on ThisNthat, a blog site that would allow me, as a writer, the freedom I don’t have while writing a review; or writing on a site such as EURweb.

One thing Shana and I understood from the onset of that interview is, with all due respect, these kinds of stories will not be believed by many. Innately, people just don’t believe things like this can happen. There probably isn’t a tween girl alive that hasn’t dreamt about meeting their celebrity crush, and even marrying him. Shoot, these things don’t really happen, right?

Wrong. Especially if you live in a place like Los Angeles. Continue reading

MJ Would Be Proud! Boy With Autism Does ‘Thriller’ Dance! (Watch)

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*Happy day after Halloween! Did you go out with the kids to celebrate with the other ghosts and goblins? Are their little tummies OK after all that candy? Well here is one more treat before we close the books on another year of the scary holiday.

Do you remember the first time you heard Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller?’ Then we saw the video and oh my, we had never seen anything like it.

The 1982 video was the first of its kind, and the biggest selling record of all time. I always wondered how new generations would receive it.

RELATED: 12 Thrilling Facts About Michael Jackson’s Thriller Video

Well, there is an 8-year-old boy in the UK who loves what has become known as the ‘Thriller Dance’ and he was caught on film performing it.

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We know this would have you grinning from ear to ear. One thing is for sure: MJ is the only pop star who adults and children alike will mimic in dance. No matter how shy they may be.

This kid is adorable. Of course the Internet has fallen in love with him.

Watch him on the video below.

Note: August 29 will be Michael Jackson’s 59th birthday.

Watch the video below.

It Sure Didn’t Take ‘Sir Paul’ Long to Go After His Portion of Beatles Catalogue (Video)

Sir Paul McCartney...What?
Sir Paul McCartney…What?

*The ink is hardly dry on the paperwork that had the Michael Jackson estate selling off the late singer’s prized possession of the Sony/ATV Music Catalogue that included The Beatles repertoire.

And as Michael most likely continues to turn in his grave (he loved having that catalogue in his family!) 73-year-old Sir Paul McCartney, who “fell out” with Jackson over his business decision to make the purchase, threw his hat in the ring what seems like SECONDS after the sale went public; launching a bid to regain control of his share of the legendary music – much of which he co-wrote with the late, great John Lennon.

U.S. Copyright laws are certainly on McCartney’s side. The U. S. Copyright Act of 1976 gives artists the OK to apply to regain control of publishing rights 56 years after their material is first published. Thus, in 2018, The Beatles’ catalogue will become available.

I guess his bid will be tied up in court for another two years…so he’s starting early. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Remember These Great Diana Ross Interviews? (Watch)

The Divine Miss D! Nope, they just don't make 'em like her anymore.
The Divine Miss D! Nope, they just don’t make ’em like her anymore.

 

*In honor of “Throwback Thursday” and the recent arrival of Motown The Musical in the City of Angels (I know, whoever came up with that term obviously didn’t spend much time in L.A….but I digress!) It is my extreme honor to go back to the archives and pull up interviews of one of my favorite goddesses of all time, the incomparable Diana Ross.

I’ve interviewed hundreds of artists from film, television, theatre and music over the years, but surprisingly, never got the opportunity to spend time with this woman. She is still, in my eyes, a quintessential star and the rightful owner of the term, “Diva!”

Exclamation point intended. Continue reading

Quincy Jones Still Got Game…And This Time While Wearing Buscemi

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“Q” Need We Say More?

 

*Music legend Quincy Jones may not be in the public eye like he used to, but don’t get it twisted, he’s still got that swag. In a new cool shoe campaign by designer Jon BuscemiJones is shown on billboards as he sports the luxury high-top sneaker for the designer’s Spring 2015 line.

And here you thought the producer of Michael Jackson‘s top-selling album had gone somewhere and sat down!

Well, he may be sitting, but its only to pose in these cool shoes. Continue reading