30 Years Ago On This Day Michael Jackson Did Moonwalk During Motown 25 Taping

· March 25, 2013

Although Michael was not the first he was definately one of the best to ever do the moonwalk and on this day marks the 30th anniversary that the spectacular move was done.

On March 25th 1983, during the Motown 25 taping Michael took to the stage to break out his most memorable move. Till this day many have argued if he had made the dance up on the spot but in his book he goes on to share where he got his inspirartion from to do the move:

“I had been practicing the Moonwalk for some time,” he wrote in his 1988 memoir, which tellingly was ti*led Moonwalker, “and it dawned on me in our kitchen [on the night before the taping] that I would finally do the Moonwalk in public on Motown 25. Now the Moonwalk was already out on the street by this time, but I enhanced it a little when I did it. It was born as a breakdance step, a ‘popping’ type of thing that black kids had created dancing on the street corners in the ghetto…So I said, ‘This is my chance to do it,’ and I did it. These three kids taught it to me. They gave me the basics–and I had been doing it a lot in private. I had practiced it together with certain other steps. All I was really sure of was that on the bridge to ‘Billie Jean’ I was going to walk backward and forward at the same time, like walking on the moon.”

 


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Discussion6 Comments

  1. WildWild says:

    Man we a COLD PEOPLE or should I say was… what happened to us now we like horny lil devils on the dance floor gyrating all over each other..lol… They was getting it tho I see Prince was watching these cats too..lol, the white lady was out there getting.. Damn shame we had some much class back then and now we worst than the beasts of the field.. Lawd Help Us!!!!!

    • M0311 says:

      @WildWild, Preach! We use to stand together for equality. We had so much class. Now we too busy praising criminal activity and ignorance. When you make song saying, I got that crizack, proudly, thers a problem!!

  2. WildWild says:

    *So much

  3. moor says:

    Real rap. With all the mess we’ve endured we still dome of the most influential ppl on the planet. End of story and f*ck Elvis. Can’t hold a candle to MJ.

  4. Reverend Sanford says:

    I remember watching the Motown 25 Special as a kid; And before Mike performed Billie Jean he did a set with his brothers. It was amazing because his voice was soft and smooth like cashmere. I remember sayin to myself “Man, he sounds just like his records!” His dance steps were razor sharp and electric. His wardrobe was sparkling & fly. After the Jackson 5 medley, he performed Billie Jean and he wowed us all with his rhythm, talent, and dancing ability..While he was performing Billie Jean I remember saying to myself that there was no such thing as a celebrity or superstar. I said that because if there was such a thing as a celebrity or superstar – then what the hell was Michael Jackson cause no one had more talent than him. It was Michael Jackson and everyone else. I felt that way as a kid and I still feel that way to day. There’s a level up there high in the sky that only Michael Jackson touched. God bless you Mike.

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