January : “Imagination” is the fourth studio album by La Toya. The album is released on by Private-I Records (an extension of Epic Records). Private-I Records goes bankrupt shortly after the album’s release. Because of the record company’s financial problems, the promotion is poor and it fails to chart. Three singles are released, the first being “Baby Sister”, which was released in Japan, followed by “He’s a Pretender” and a remix of the title track.
January 13 : “What Have You Done For Me Lately” is released as the 1st single from “Control” and becomes Janet first TOP 10 hit on the Hot 100 Billboard peaking at #4.
January 27 : Michael arrives half-way through the American Music Awards ceremony in company of Elizabeth Taylor where he, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Ken Kragen are presented with awards for “We Are The World”.
Katherine, LaToya, Rebbie & Janet also attend the ceremony (Janet makes her first public appearance with her new boyfriend Rene Elizondo Jr).
Rebbie presents an award. For the show’s conclusion, Michael joins many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya to sing “We Are The World”.
February : Michael is asked to be best man at the wedding of Diana Ross & Arne Naess but he cancels at the last minute and stops speaking to Diana.
February 2 : Michael gives a 5 minutes interview about Quincy Jones for CBS 60 minutes programme.
February 4 : The album “Control” is released and becomes a huge success peaking at #1 on Billboard 200 .
Janet gives many TV, Radio & magazine interviews to promote the album.
February 17 : The video for “What Have You Done For Me Lately” is premiered on BET.
February 25 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones & Stevie attend the Grammy Awards where “We Are The World” wins four awards.
March 8 : Heart transplant recipient Donna Ashlock visits Michael at Hayvenhurst. She stays for lunch and watches a movie with Michael.
March 9 : “Reaction”, Rebbie’s second album is released by Columbia Records. The album spawns two mildly successful singles, “Reaction” and “You Send the Rain Away”, a duet with Robin Zander. ”
March 13 : Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on American Banstand.
March 29 : Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on The Soul Train Show
March 31 : Janet & Rene Elizondo Jr officially start dating.
Janet appears on the cover of Jet magazine.
April : Michael accompanies Elizabeth Taylor to the opening of the Hollywood Park Race Track in Inglewood .
April 11 : Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on The Solid Soul Show.
April 15 : “Nasty” is released as the 2nd single from “Control”. It will peak at #3 on Hot 100 Billboard.
Janet premieres the video at the Hayvenhurst home movie theatre for Michael & the family. The video is directed by Mary Lambert and choreographed by Paula Abdul and Anthony Thomas.
May : Michael, Elizabeth, Lionel Richie & Mikhail Baryshnikov attend the LA Bullet Opening Night party in Los Angeles.
Michael attends Jermaine’s concert in Los Angeles with Janet & LaToya. He is disguised as “Uncle Willy”.
May 2 : Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on Solid Gold.
May 9 : Michael & Emmanuel Lewis stay at the Hemsley Palace Hotel in NYC.
May 10 : Michael & Emmanuel attend the Sunday matinee of Broadway’s Big Deal
May 12 : During a press conference at New York ’s Red Parrot, Pepsi announces a new contract with Michael for a reported $15 million and he receives a Guinness Book of World Records plaque for having received the largest fee ever for a product endorsement.
May 13 : On their last evening in New York , Michael & Emmanuel watch The Little Shop Of Horrors.
May 24 : Janet is on the cover of UK’s NME magazine.
June : Michael & Corey Feldman go to Disneyland . For the first time, Michael is seen in public with a surgical mask.
July 4 : Michael attends the annual 4th of July picnic & barbecue at the Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’s Estate, located in a secluded, yet open area near Nicasio, California, in Marin County.
July 28 : “When I Think Of You” is released as the third single from “Control” along with a video. It is Janet first ever Number 1 the hot 100 US Billboard.
The video is directed by Julian Temple and choreographed by Paula Abdul.
Janet’s nephews TJ & Taryll make a cameo in the video.
July 30 : Michael attend the funeral of film director Vincento Minnelli with his daughter Liza & widow Lee at the Forrest Lawn Cemetary in Glendale, California.
August : After recording many demo at this home studio at Hayvenhurst, Michael starts recording his new album in a Los Angeles studio with Quincy Jones & Bruce Swedien. Quincy asks Prince to record the song “Bad” as a duet with Michael but Prince refuses.
September : Janet is on the cover of Ebony magazine.
Michael attends the concert of the Norwegian group A-Ha in Hollywood with good friend Sophia Loren and arrives in a surgical mask.
September 5 : Janet attends the MTV Video Music Awards with Rene. She presents an award.
September 10 : Janet & Rene are on a promotional tour in Toronto, Canada.
September 12 : Captain EO, Michael’s 17 minute 3-D musical fantasy is premiered at Epcot Center in Disneyworld (Florida) and the day after in Disneyland ( California ).
September 16 : Michael appears on the cover of National Enquirer in an oxygen chamber (the photo was sent by Frank Dileo)
October 21 : “Control” is released as the fourth single from “Control”. It will peak at #5 on Hot 100 Billboard.
The music video is directed by Mary Lambert and features a live performance recorded at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles with Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Jellybean Johnson & Jerome Benton.
It’s choreograped by Paula Abdul & Anthony Thomas.
Janet Dubois from Good Times plays Janet’s mother in the video.
November : Michael & Elizabeth Taylor attend a Liza Minnelli concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood.
Michael & Run-DMC work together on an anti-drug song.
Janet goes to Europe with Rene & Anthony Thomas for a short promotional tour :
-London (to tape a performance on on Top Of The Pops)
-Paris (to tape a performance of “Nasty” on TF1)
-Spain (to tape a performance of “When I Think Of You”)
-Germany (to tape a performance of “Control”)
-Italy (to give an interview)
Back in the US Janet performs Control on the Soul Train Show.
November 3 : Rebbie performs on “American Bandstand”.
Mid november : Michael stays at the Hemsley Palace Hotel in NYC where he rehearses the choreography for the “Bad” short film with dancers Jeffrey Daniel, and Gregg Burge.
While in town, Michael also visits the Cascio family at their New Jersey home.
November 19-mid december : Michael films a 16 minutes short film for the song “Bad” directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring Wesley Snipes. Scenes are filmed in Dobbs Ferry , a tiny hamlet in upstate New York and in a subway of Brooklyn . The song and video tell the story of Daryl, a black youth from the ghetto who returns home from his private school.
Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones & Sean Lennon visit Michael on the set.
December : Rumours circulate about Michael having an affair with his make-up artist Karen Faye.
December 14 : Michael attends a presentation by the American Friends Of The Hebrew University where Steven Spielberg receives the coveted Scopus Award in NYC.
December 19 : Michael, Jonathan Spence & Frank Dileo attend a performance of “The Little Shop Of Horror” at the Beekman Theatre in NYC.
December 26 : Jermaine’s mistress, Margaret Maldonado gives birth to a baby boy named Jeremy Jackson while Jermaine’s wife Hazel is pregnant from him…
December 31 : Janet performs “Control” on “Countown to 1987” TV show.