What happened between this album and the last is that everything has been happening nice for me. My life is getting better all the time, I’m happy, and I think that it’s reflected in the music.
—  George Harrison (in response to the question, “How have the changes you’ve gone through with your last LP ‘Thirty-Three & 1/3′ affected the new record [‘George Harrison’]?“), 1979

Glitter and the Glove

As the limo drove us to the Shrine Auditorium to downtown LA for an awards show in 1990, Michael handed me the first glove he ever wore that he made and told me it was his gift to me. “See, Bush, if I can make my own clothes, then maybe that means you can sing for me.” His eager smile and soft giggle told me he wasn’t playing his usual tricks on me, but still there was no way I was going to play karaoke as we sat in the car. As I held the modest glove, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic for a young Michael Jackson sitting in his small Indiana home, pushing rhinestones into the right-handed white waiter’s glove. It was small and flimsy, amateurish, nothing like the man.

The type of microphone, choreography, or mood often dictated which hand would don the glove during “Billie Jean”. But no matter the circumstance, Michael never wore two something that started in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s, when he was coming into his own.

It surprised Michael how the world stopped for that glove after his performance of “Billie Jean” at the Motown 25 anniversary special. He said he owed it all to the magic of television. “I’ve been wearing this glove for years, and now they finally notice it?” The white leather golf glove sparkled with 1,619 crystal rhinestones and was made by an assistant to the Jackson family. With every replay of that clip, the glove became synonymous with Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

There were several variations of the Billie Jean glove, including a left handed red leather golf glove made in the ‘70s, before Bill Whitten took over the job and changed the glove from leather to spandex in time for the Victory Tour in 1984. When I joined Michael’s camp on the Bad Tour in Japan in 1987, Michael was alternating the glove on each hand. On the third night of the first leg, however, Michael’s mic which he held in his right hand, rubbed against the rhinestones sewed to the palm of the glove. Michael could hear the static on the tape as he reviewed it, and it upset him. A perfectionist, Michael wanted it fixed immediately and tasked me to figure out how. I removed the crystals from the inside of the glove, and together we decided the glove worked better when Michael wore it on the hand with which he held the mic – his right hand. He never alternated after that.

-Michael Bush


George Harrison and Tom Petty (and, in photo 1, Martika), at a party in honor of George Michael, Beverly Hills, 5 October 1988; and at the Long Beach Grand Prix, 15 April 1989

Photos: Scott Downie Celebrity Photo; Richard Creamer Celebrity Photo | © Scott Downie; Celebrity Photo

“We had an immediate connection. We were really good friends and our families were friends. […] [T]he kids formed lifetime friendships. It was a nice thing. Adria used to stay with George and his family at Friar Park. He told her something that he had never mentioned to me, which is that he had a cousin from Florida who reminded him of me. Before George was really settled at Friar Park, he and this Florida cousin would sleep in every room in this, well, this castle, trying to figure out which one had the best vibe and ought to be the bedroom.” - Tom Petty, Runnin’ Down A Dream

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“‘Almost as soon as we met them, we spent more time with Tom and Jane Petty than with anyone but the Keltners,’ says Olivia Harrison. ‘They were family. We had Christmases together. They came to Friar Park. We’d just hang out, for hours and hours, with Dhani and Adria and Annakim playing together, staying up way too late, probably. Tom and George playing guitars and ukuleles. Between George, Tom, and Jane - a lot of cigarette smoke. But we had fun. We got very close. I think it was a lot of fun for Tom. And George had never met anyone quite like Tom. George with his Liverpudlian accent and Tom with his drawl, there was something connecting them, some common element.’” - Petty: The Biography [x]

‘To me, nothing is more important than making people happy, giving them a release from their problems and worries, helping to lighten their load. I want them to walk away from a performance I’ve done, saying “That was great. I want to go back again. I had a great time.” To me, that’s what it’s all about. That’s wonderful. That’s why I don’t understand when some celebrities say they don’t want their kids in the business. I think they say that because they’ve been hurt themselves. I can understand that. I’ve been there too.’ - Michael Jackson, Moonwalk (1988)


Hi, everyone! I got many questions about the gloves and nails, so i tried to create a little “tutorial”.I use basic patterns for gloves, but made the fingertips  longer. Then I sewed the gloves, but left the fingrtips unsewn. Then I glued fake nails from the inside of the gloves to one side. Cut other side of the fingertip and glued it… hope my horrible drawing will help to better understand XDD

By the way, beautiful ring was made by

Prince Yuu!! I’m half way done with the series ‘v’ all i got left is Yoichi, Shinoa and Mitsuba I’ll probably all compile them into a new post so people don’t have to scurry around looking for all of them :U

Also this is the first time I’ve ever drawn Yuu, so I’m still learning how to make him…him..

For the perfect murder I would sauna with my victim; I´d stab them with an icicle that I carry around with me in a thermos bottle. The police will find a bled-out person with a hole in their heart and nothing else.