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This video that's started it all Michael Jackson's Billie Jean became the first 15 black artist.
The play on MTV and 1983.
Not only had a unique sound revolutionize how we looked at music videos.
Jackson thirteen minute thriller was even more of a mini movie than a music video and set the bar for all musicians and made video watching and -- And it was a real big deal for him to be.
And Alan hunter was an original BJ on MTV he saw firsthand how Michael Jackson change both music and television forever.
I'm sure a lot of memories must be going through your mind -- what's the things that you think about every day when it comes to Michael Jackson.
-- too many -- -- -- and and -- with you in my ear here Charles I'm trying to.
For re collect the moments that I saw throughout the day today at the memorial let's talk in the Nina Blackwood mark Goodman.
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You know it's very difficult to sit and try to synthesize someone's life I'm not a journalist we were just music lovers but for us to be there in the beginning with Michael Jackson and Billie Jean.
A point of correction he really wasn't the first black artists to play on -- TV we've been around for two years.
Mainly with rock and roll and yet people like Gary US bond in Garland Jefferies and Joan -- trading that means that you know stand on your mind right now but he certainly certainly changes in TV forever two years into the game the parameters.
But the kind of music that MTV would play.
Were blown wide open when he came on board it was now the world of pop and indeed MTV was sort of the king of pop's playground for all pence per month.
Yeah that's interesting because I remember -- Herbie Hancock made the video with the robots because he said he could have gotten -- -- otherwise.
What I did that allows rocket built a great video yeah yeah that was really great look what so he changed MTV without a doubt the change still you know before that just felt like you have these -- and a camera or video recorder.
And he really had this idea that make these many movies.
Haven't what was the atmosphere with an MTV when all of this was evolved.
Well notwithstanding if you really great David believe videos that were high concept you're right it is pretty cheesy stuff.
Michael came on board leader not the director of the video Billie Jean was -- -- -- the parent -- have a whole lot of money for that production.
Michael came on board said you know like he he did with all of the other production elements in his life -- he was a perfectionist.
But he still working with budget that at that point was not half a million to a million dollar budgets.
They didn't have enough of a budget.
To actually make all of the little lights in the sidewalk war if -- remember he's walking down the sidewalk.
And that's where he had a moment to just sort of breathe advance Steve Barron didn't really wanted to dance in the video on Michael's I have to.
Is that all right we'll all the lights don't work and -- -- the ones that do work the third one the fourth and one of the ten women and and the eleventh one Michael hit imperfectly.
At that point in time after that video premiered on MTV you're right all of the other artists that we're doing videos.
Libya has he was now up he'd set a new -- new level.
And people who were doing this kind of cheesy -- conceptual videos or just you know concert style stuff.
Had to then say we gotta come up with the concept that's when the video director really running a very important element in these.
Videos that of course after that you had dead beat it which is yet another level.
New level of choreography and you know -- -- dancers in the video and Michael himself being -- -- very well all of that leading up to thriller.
Which at that point time he really was in the kind of MTV was all about Michael Jackson.
And I remember getting the notice that we were gonna do the thriller premiere that was really our first big premiere on MTV.
And that we had memo after memo weeks in advance here's what you gotta say that you could make sure you don't screw it up because this is going to be huge and it certainly was.
So who knew that among all -- other talents Michael Jackson is also expert hop Scotch players well.
If it seemed like it yet you've not got into whatever -- was -- on thinking was trying to hit it.
I tell you what you bring him back a lot of memories and I'm sure all have those tonight really appreciate your time.
We well the memories is what we have --
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