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Berry Gordy to pen intro for “Moonwalk” re-issue


berry-gordy(Writing and reporting by Christine Kearney)

As it gears up for a major re-issue of Michael Jackson’s autobiography “Moonwalk,” Harmony Books on Thursday said Motown founder Berry Gordy would write an introduction with his recollections of the singer he helped launch into pop superstardom.

Gordy, who also ushered the likes of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye into prominence and signed the Jackson 5 to a recording contract in 1968, will share his thoughts on why Michael rose to fame so quickly and his first impressions of the group’s audition, Harmony revealed.

The 79-year-old Gordy said at Jackson’s public memorial in July (pictured at right) that calling Jackson the King of Pop was simply “not good enough.” Instead, Gordy called him “the greatest entertainer that ever lived.”

The book, which was initially edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with current Harmony vice president and publisher Shaye Areheart, will go on sale Oct. 13 at a price of $25. Areheart will provide an afterword, but in between her and Gordy the story will be all Jackson’s just as originally published in 1988.

Michael Jackson becomes Motown’s latest fallen hero


jackoWhat was supposed to be a yearlong celebration of Motown Records’ 50th anniversary, turned into a major tragedy with the death on Thursday of one of its biggest stars, Michael Jackson.

The 50-year-old self-proclaimed “King of Pop” died of suspected cardiac arrest as he was about to launch a major comeback with a string of 50 concerts in London.

DvF’s knits and hats hit right note with Diana Ross


USA-FASHION/Diana Ross, the Motown star who favors sequins and silk for her concert wardrobe, gave her friend, designer Diane von Furstenberg, a rave on Sunday for her fall 2009 collection of cozy knits and funky hats shown during New York Fashion Week.

“I loved the knits, and I absolutely loved the hats,” Ross said in a backstage interview after the runway show on Sunday afternoon in the Tent at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan.