Valsadie (valsadie) wrote,

Who Knows (and Who *Doesn't* Know) the Pointer Sisters

OK, first, the morning radio deejay at one of Chicago's "urban radio stations" played "Neutron Dance" talking about how June sang lead on it (no, it's oldest sister Ruth).

And then the early print edition of USA TODAY today had a brief news item about June's death while showing a picture of sister Bonnie (who looks good in the photo, but that's not the point). The online edition at managed to sidestep this error by picking up the AP story on June Pointer's death.

This is like that E! True Hollywood Story on Janet Jackson when it kept showing pictures of the group, DeBarge, and kept doing close-ups of El (real name: Eldra) when it was James that she was married to (it's that lead singer thing).

Not to worry, though; Margo Jefferson's book, On Michael Jackson, compounded this error, by saying that Janet was married to James "El" DeBarge. I wrote her publisher a letter (see below) but I guess it was too late...

Is it that hard to check the facts (I mean, just what do all these people have in common, hmmm)?? Where's Steve Ivory when you need him?!

And while we're on the subject of E! and the Jacksons, why isn't Paula Abdul's years-long affair with Jackie Jackson--which assisted in breaking up his marriage--part of her E! True Hollyweird Story? I mean, how do people think Paula met Janet anyway, in order to start choreographing her music videos--?!

Questions, questions, questions...

Pantheon Books:

My name is Valsadie and I was given an Advance Reader's Edition/Uncorrected Bound Proof of the upcoming Margo Jefferson book, "On Michael Jackson." I am the creator of several Michael Jackson web pages, including the King of Pop Michael Jackson Superstore. I've finished the book, and I may add it to my web page. However, I did find a few factual errors in the book. I'm assuming that these will be corrected before the final printing, but I thought I would write to you anyway, just in case you're not aware that these parts of the book are incorrect.

p. 23: The animated series that starred the Jackson brothers was named "The Jackson Five" and not "2400 Jackson Street." In the Internet Movie Database, the title has been added as "The Jackson 5ive."

p. 43: Jermaine Jackson's song that called out Michael with such lyrics as "Once you were made/You changed your shade" was "Word to the Badd!!" not "Word to the Black." Also, the song was "leaked" to radio stations in 1991, not 1980. The song's lyrics were changed and the song retitled, "You Said, You Said," and appeared on Jermaine's 1992 record, "You Said." Current releases of the CD appear to have both versions of the song on it.

p. 46: LaToya Jackson appeared on the TV show, "Solid Gold," to sing (lip-synch) her then single, "Heart Don't Lie." But she never, ever hosted the show.

p. 47: This is an error that also appeared on the recent "E! True Hollywood Story" on Janet Jackson. I think the error is made because of the media's tendency to focus on the lead singer of a group. Janet married James DeBarge -- but "El" was the nickname of the lead singer of the group, who also enjoyed a brief solo career, Eldra DeBarge.

p. 48: This is a judgment call, but it's kind of dicey to say that there would be no Paula Abdul if not for Janet, when Abdul was one of those people -- in fact the first and main person -- who choreographed Janet to within an inch of her life (choreographer Barry Lather and others came along later). No doubt Janet popularized such dance music in the late 1980s/early 1990s, but she was doing Paula's moves. Also, Paula was recommended to Janet by industry vet John McClain, but Janet already knew Paula, as the "Laker Girl" choreographer/cheerleader who her brother, Jackie, was having an affair with. Their affair did break up Jackie's marriage, but by the time Jackie was free, Paula's singing career had started to take off, and she ended up leaving him behind.

And I'll admit I've never heard Michael refer to Janet as "Moonface," and he may have -- but the nickname that's been reported through the years is "Dunk," short for donkey, which Michael called Janet because of her rather large behind!

p. 53: Michael was the seventh of nine children (or 8th of 10, if you count Marlon's shortlived twin), not sixth of nine.

p. 88: I haven't heard of a music video for "Show You the Way to Go." The glittery jumpsuit described sounds more like how Michael is dressed in the music video for "Rock with You."

p. 92: The chorus to the song, "Smooth Criminal," has the lyrics, "Annie are you okay, Annie are you okay, are you okay Annie?" and not "Annie is you okay, Annie is you okay, is you okay Annie?"

p. 94: Same lyrics error as on p. 92.

p. 101: FYI - When the "Black or White" music video originally aired on television, the graffitti about Hitler and the KKK was not there. These racially-charged messages were added after the airing to try to better provide a reason for Michael's rage in the sequence. This "fixed" version of the video is what appears on the DVD/home video releases.

p. 105: This isn't an error, but Michael's performance on that 1995 MTV Award show, as well as when he did this same performance medley on the American Music Awards, has a section which no one seems to have noticed or written about. Yes, he's flanked by the men in the suits when he's singing "Dangerous," but in each performance of the song, a preteen boy suddenly dances out to join the group. Then Michael sings the line, "You're no damn good for me!" and kicks out at the boy, who then reacts as if he was kicked and runs back offstage. Curious!

Well, that was all I found. Beyond these, I enjoyed reading the book and its notes on Barnum and child stars and Michael's gender/racial re-creations. Hope this helps!.
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