August 31, 2018

Rare footage of Michael Jackson singing Kris Kristofferson classic on his mother's birthday

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A rare piece of footage has just been discovered, showing Michael Jackson singing Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" at his mother's birthday.

The video is from May 1984, when Jackson was at the p of his popularity after 1982's Thriller, which is still the world's best-selling album of all time.

In the clip, which can be found on Youtube, the late King of Pop can be seen at a private celebration of Katherine Jackson's 54th birthday, along with pianist Floyd Cramer.

According to Rolling Stone, Jackson's mother has always been one of Cramer's biggest fans, which was why the singer flew the Nashville legend to the event himself. You can watch the video below.

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SUCH AN HONOR

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The gathering was held at the famous Bistro Garden restaurant, in Beverly Hills. During the party, Cramer took charge of the piano and Jackson grabbed the microphone as the pianist did his magic in the background.

Cramer, famous for playing dozens of distinguished Music City recordings, was a hit and helped Jackson, who would have turned 60 years old on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, give his mother one of the best gifts of all time.

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THERE WAS A SPARK

Given the chemistry between the two stars, it wouldn't be far-fetched to think that an album of country music covers performed by Jackson would have been in his plans.

Cramer eventually passed away at the age of 64 in 1997, following a fierce battle with cancer. A few years later, in 2003, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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JACKSON'S LEGACY

As for Jackson, he drew his last breath in 2009. It was one of the saddest days in the history of the music industry because there will never be someone as talented and as passionate about the craft than Jackson was.

He is survived by his mother, who is now 88 years old, and three children: Prince Michael Jackson I, Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II, also known as 'Blanket.' 

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