Bobby Brown just made a bold claim about Michael Jackson and his iconic dance move the Moonwalk.
The New Edition band member sat down with rapper Fat Joe on his IG Live show and even surprised Joe with that revelation. According to Brown he was the one that actually taught the King of Pop the move.
“When we first started out I had just came from Alabama learning how to do the Moonwalk, the real Moonwalk, where you put the sand on the ground and do it from the sand on the ground and it was like soft shoed,” he explained. “And Michael asked me to show him how to Moonwalk. This is a true story you could ask Michael Bivins, you can ask Ronnie Devoe, Ricky Bell, I showed Michael how to Moonwalk. I’m not insinuating, I’m letting you know that this is what happened. This is how the Moonwalk was formed.”
When Fat Joe excitedly asks Bobby if he really taught Michael how to Moonwalk, the “New Edition” member stated,
“He may have perfected it, but I taught him how to do it. We can bring Ralph Tresvant, BBD, all on because they was there when I was showing Michael how to do this, they were all there in the foyer of his house. He perfected it, I only used it for dance battles come on I was a break dancer. Whoever stepped up was getting battled I’ll battle anybody.”
Unfortunately Brown’s story doesn’t quite line up with MJ’s recount of how he learned the dance. Jackson debuted the Moonwalk back in 1983 while performing “Billie Jean” during the television special, Motown 25.
Almost 10 years later in 1993, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and taught the talk show host how to do the dance. When Oprah asked Michael where the Moonwalk came from, he said:
“The moonwalk came from the beautiful children, black kids that live in the ghetto, the inner cities who are brilliant and have that natural talent for dancing, any of them like the running man, they come up with these dances, all I did was enhance the dance.”
Meanwhile Jackson’s family have gone on record saying Jeffrey Daniel, a founding member of the band Shalamar, actually taught Michael how to do the legendary dance.
Over the years it also has been speculated that Jackson may have been influenced by Bill Bailey who did the dance during a performance at the Apollo in 1955.