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The Day the Music Died

Jennifer remembers the day back in 2009 when Michael Jackson died.

I was shocked when I heard the news on 25th June 2009. The world famous musician Michael Jackson had died. And so had a piece of my childhood.

In the late 1980s, my brother bought Michael Jackson’s album Bad. We listened to the songs Bad, Dirty Diana and Another Part of Me continuously. My sister and I made up dance routines to Smooth Criminal. We tried for weeks to perfect our “Moonwalk” (very unsuccessful attempts, but we thought we were doing it well). We even wore the white socks and black shoes. Those are some of my fondest childhood memories. Very soon, my siblings and I became obsessed with his music, and started listening to his older songs all the way back to the album Thriller and even further back to when he was in the Jackson 5. In that way, Michael Jackson brought our family together.

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Good news! The latest issue of Hot English (185 – the October issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 7 songs in English to make you feel good! Find out how they can motivate you, and learn lots of useful English at the same time! Plus, 12 useful words for talking about the office, 10 useful words for talking about travel, useful words for talking about your holidays, 10 words to use in a meeting, “time” idioms, “time” phrasal verbs... plus: • Marketing – toilet paper marketing. • Life – retirement plans. • Quiz – have you got a sense of humour? • Humour – types of humour. • Speaking – how to tell a joke. • Food – what people have for dinner. • TV – US comedy series. • Travel – visit Austria. • Film review – Brüno. • Music – Michael Jackson. • Slang – Dictionary of Slang. • History – What happened in 1994? • Education – teaching children about stocks. • Internet – words you shouldn’t use. • Language – how to be sarcastic. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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