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Promoter for Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and the Stones Discusses Star Performer's Recent Death (VIDEO)

Part 2 in our special Series interview with the top Rock Promoter in the World Pete Bennett: a lifelong friend of the late Michael Jackson.

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The late Michael Jackson

(MONTREAL) - The recent death of Michael Jackson was certainly the end of an era. Rock Promoter Pete Bennett who Billboard Magazine called "The #1 Promotion Man in the World", knew Michael Jackson from the time he was very young.

Pete Bennett & Tim King 2008

He saw the moments that were amazing and he was a friend to Michael Jackson during the hardest times.

Pete spent forty-minutes talking to me this week about the "King of Pop" and we begin by talking about who and what Michael Jackson's inspirations were.

One thing is certain, the Michael Jackson who Pete first came to know when he initially signed the Jackson 5 to the Epic Record label, was not necessarily the same guy he knew more recently.

Pete talks about MJ's close relationships with Diana Ross and Elizabeth Taylor, and his inspiration from James Brown and Joe Tex.

But he also talks about Michael Jackson "getting in with the wrong people" and he remembers the changes in this star performer.

Few people can offer the insight into the life of a star like Michael Jackson the way Pete Bennett can. The interview below is the second of four parts that are being launched each day consecutively beginning 7-1-09.

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Jamilla December 16, 2017 12:19 am (Pacific time)

Why is part two unavailable?

EDITOR: YouTube disabled over 500 of our news videos, without option to appeal. We apologize for the frustration they have caused.

Daniel July 5, 2009 5:53 pm (Pacific time)

Great story Tim but what happened to part 3 and 4 ? thanks

They are back up Daniel, and part 4 will be here for Monday morning, thanks for asking !

Daniel July 2, 2009 3:30 pm (Pacific time)

It just gets more interesting as you go along . One of the best Jackson stories on the web !

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