Michael’s timeline : 1981

Michael passes his driving licence. One day he’s arrested by a cop thinking he has stlolen his Rolls Royce and he is put in jail but a few hours later, Bill Bray comes to his rescue and Michael is released!

Michael consults the dermatologist Arnold Klein because he has a skin disesase called Vitiligo which depigmentates the color of his skin. He meets the nurse Debbie Rowe.

Michael does backing vocals on the song “Going Back To Alabama” by Kenny Rogers and on “The Dude”, an album by Quincy Jones.

January : The Jacksons win the NAACP Image Award for best singing group of the year.

January 30 : Michael attends the American Music Awards where he receives three awards for Off The Wall (one of them is presented by sister LaToya) and he also pays tribute to Chuck Berry. Diana Ross is his date for the evening.

February : Michael buys a condominium in Encino.

February 5 : During a Diana Ross concert in Los Angeles, Michael gets on stage to sing “Upside Down” with her!

March : Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine.

Michael & the Jacksons attend a press conférence to announce the upcoming Triumph Tour.

March 2 : CBS airs a Diana Ross’s TV Special featuring Michael.
Together, they perform “Rock With You” & “Ease On Down The Road” (with Quincy Jones on the piano)

March 5 : Epic releases the single “Can You Feel It”. It will peak at #77 on Hot 100 Billboard. To accompany the song, a promotional short film titled “The Triumph” is released. It’s conceived, written & produced by Michael and contains amazing special effects.

March 25 : Motown releases the album & the single “One Day In Your Life” (with old material by Michael). Michael does not promote them in any ways.

March 31 : Michael attends the Academy Awards with Diana Ross and then they go to an after party where he meets and befriends actress Brooke Schields.

April :  Michael does backing vocals on Carole Bayer Sager’s song “Just Friends” produced by Burt Bacharach & Michael.

April 4 : Michael appears on the cover of ’s NME which included an exclusive interview given to Danny Baker in Los Angeles.

May : Michael goes to East Sussex to stay with Paul & Linda McCartney. He records two songs for Paul’s upcoming solo album : “Say Say Say” & “The Man”.

June : The Jacksons rehearse for their upcoming Triumph Tour.

June 15: Epic releases the fourth and last single from The Triumph album titled “Walk Right Now”. It will peak at #73 on Hot 100 Billboard.

July 8 : The Jacksons kick off their Triumph Tour at the United States Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.

July 10 : Concert at the City MCC Arena in Oklahoma.

July 11 : Concert at the Dallas Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

July 12 : Concert at the The Summit in Houston, Texas.

July 15 : Concert at the HemisFair Arena in San Antonio.

July 16 : The Jacksons attend a Circus in New Orleans.

July 17 : Concert at the  Riverside Centroplex Arena in Baton Rouge.

July 18 : Concert at the Mobile Municipal Auditorium in Mobile.

July 22 : Concert at the Georgia, The Omni Coliseum  in Atlanta for the Atlanta Children’s Health Foundation).

July 24 : Concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.

July 25 : Concert at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte.

July 26 : Concert at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton.

July 28 : Concert at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland.

July 31 + August 1 : Concerts at the  Landover Capital Centre in Washington D.C.

August 2 : Concert at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.

August 4 : Concert at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Canada.

August 5 : Concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada.

August 7 : Concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

August 8 : Concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.

August 9 : Concert at the The Coliseum in Richfield Township.

August 10 : Concert at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus.

August 12 : Concert at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta.

August 14 : Concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

August 15 : Concert at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford.

August 16 : Concert at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

August 18 : Concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Andy Warhol and Katherine Hepburn attend the concerts and pose for pictures with Michael.

While in NYC, Michael visits Katherine Hepburn in her Manhattan home.

August 19 : Second concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

August 21 : Concert at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

August 22 : Concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.

August 23 : Concert at the UD Arena in Dayton.

August 26 : Concert at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee.

August 28 : Concert at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.

August 29 : Concert at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

August 31 : Concert at the Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

September : Michael is presented with a Scotty Award for Off The Wall. He poses for pictures with the award (specific date and place remain unknown).

September 1 : Concert at the Kemper Arena in Kansas.

September 2 : Concert at the Checkerdome in St. Louis.

September 3 : Concert at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.

September 4 : Concert at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

September 5 : Concert at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago.

September 7 : Concert at the Paradise Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

September 10 : Concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City

September 13 : Concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California.

September 15 : Concert at the ASU Activity Center in Tempe, Arizona.

September 16 : Concert at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego.

September 18 + 19 : Concerts at the The Forum in Inglewood.

September 19 : Dick Clark presents the full version of the “Triumph” short film on American Bandstand.

September 22 : Concert at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

September 23 : Birth of Marlon Jackson Jr, third child of Marlon & Carol.

September 25 + 26 : Last concerts at the The Forum in Inglewood. The whole Jackson family attends the shows and many celebrities including Magic Johnson, Dick Clark, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones & Patti Austin.

October : The Jacksons are on the cover of Ebony magazine.

October 3 : Michael gives an interview to Randy Taraborrelli with Janet by his side.

October 16 : While at the Studio 55 in Los Angeles, Michael sings backing vocals on the song “Don’t Let A Woman Make A Fool Out Of You” by Joe Carrasco.

November 5 : Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine in which he is voted most popular male entertainer.

November 11 : Epic releases The Jackson Live, the first live album the group recorded during the Triumph Tour. The live double album is culled from recordings made on the tour’s stops in Buffalo, New York, Providence, Rhode Island; Atlanta and New York City. The live album will go on to sell over two million copies worldwide.

December : Michael starts working on demo songs such as “Billie Jean” at his Hayvenhurst home studio.

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