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Michael Jackson didn’t invent the moonwalk

Bill Bailey was an American tap dancer born in 1912. He was said to be Bill Robinsons student and elements of Bill Robinson can be seen in his performances, although his tapping style is quite a bit different. He appeared in many dance sequences in films. Harlem Variety Revue 1955, Tribute to Bill Robinson. In this short video clip Bill Bailey performs a move that has been called for many years, the Moonwalk.

Michael Jackson executed it during his performance of his song “Billie Jean” on the March 25, 1983, television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, and was considered his signature move. The moonwalk has since become one of the best known dance moves in the world.

So while MJ made it famous, it was an old school tap dancer that was the first to walk on the moon.

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  1. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #1

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  2. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #2

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  3. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #3

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  4. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #4

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  5. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #5

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  6. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #6

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  7. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #7

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  8. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #8

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  9. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #9

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  10. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #10

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  11. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #11

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  12. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #12

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  13. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #13

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  14. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #14

    [..YouTube..] @cvmIII well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  15. November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #15

    [..YouTube..] well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  16. Thecomputerguy77
    November 19th, 2011 at 10:42 | #16

    well where i’m from we called it both and i call it backslide to just the word glide was in my head so i just said that and the moonwalk is kinda hard to describe through text.

  17. January 13th, 2012 at 11:23 | #17

    [..YouTube..] This is all wrong Elvis presely made the moonwalk

  18. VxDeltaForce1xV
    January 13th, 2012 at 11:23 | #18

    This is all wrong Elvis presely made the moonwalk

  19. February 7th, 2012 at 03:14 | #19

    [..YouTube..] I guess MJ didn’t create the moonwalk after all, but he did perfected it. Like it’s magic in my eyes xD

  20. February 7th, 2012 at 03:14 | #20

    [..YouTube..] I guess MJ didn’t create the moonwalk after all, but he did perfected it. Like it’s magic in my eyes xD

  21. Koto Onami
    February 7th, 2012 at 03:14 | #21

    I guess MJ didn’t create the moonwalk after all, but he did perfected it. Like it’s magic in my eyes xD

  22. April 12th, 2012 at 21:27 | #22

    [..YouTube..] I want a gif!!

  23. April 12th, 2012 at 21:27 | #23

    [..YouTube..] I want a gif!!

  24. April 14th, 2012 at 04:59 | #24

    [..YouTube..] no, he did not. Its a known fact the Elvis took most of his moves and music from black culture

  25. soldierkei
    April 14th, 2012 at 04:59 | #25

    no, he did not. Its a known fact the Elvis took most of his moves and music from black culture

  26. July 1st, 2012 at 23:07 | #26

    [..YouTube..] well actaully this mexican actor Resortes did the moonwalk in 1950

  27. July 1st, 2012 at 23:07 | #27

    [..YouTube..] Adalberto Martinez Chavez did the moonwalk first in 1950

  28. July 6th, 2012 at 16:13 | #28

    [..YouTube..] MJ invented the moonwalk which is just an enhance version of the backslide, which bill bailey pioneered.

  29. July 6th, 2012 at 16:13 | #29

    [..YouTube..] MJ invented the moonwalk which is just an enhance version of the backslide, which bill bailey pioneered.

  30. javier urquieta
    July 6th, 2012 at 16:13 | #30

    MJ invented the moonwalk which is just an enhance version of the backslide, which bill bailey pioneered.

  31. July 17th, 2012 at 10:45 | #31

    [..YouTube..] Shut up MJ is god ;~~;

  32. patu8010
    July 17th, 2012 at 10:45 | #32

    Shut up MJ is god ;~~;

  33. September 3rd, 2012 at 23:16 | #33

    [..YouTube..] That’s a BACK-SLIDE, folks…. MJ just changed the name of it, and made it look so goddam easy!! Bailey is definitely the pioneer….

  34. TheRealDerfMan
    September 3rd, 2012 at 23:16 | #34

    That’s a BACK-SLIDE, folks…. MJ just changed the name of it, and made it look so goddam easy!! Bailey is definitely the pioneer….

  35. March 6th, 2013 at 05:01 | #35

    [..YouTube..] he perfected it

  36. Manav Kaushal
    March 6th, 2013 at 05:01 | #36

    he perfected it

  37. March 26th, 2013 at 11:53 | #37

    [..YouTube..] m.j did everything great i have also seen that dick van dyke did the moon walk at an office party episode of mary tyler moore show in 1956

  38. daniel sansonett
    March 26th, 2013 at 11:53 | #38

    m.j did everything great i have also seen that dick van dyke did the moon walk at an office party episode of mary tyler moore show in 1956

  39. CzechRiot
    October 12th, 2013 at 13:43 | #39

    I actually never heard of any very famous person/celebrity who ever invented anything. They are usually the last link in a chain of evolutionary processes. Pioneers are usually unknown people that invented something almost accidentally.

  40. Mathieu RIDEL
    January 27th, 2015 at 13:29 | #40

    he must have inspired Armstrong for travels to the Moon.. and playing the trompet.

  41. Rosendo Tamayo
    April 12th, 2015 at 19:59 | #41

    NO………..Alebertro Martinez invented the moon walk in 1928 to 1930 U TUBE IT OR WIKIPEDIA IT he dance it wen he was 13 or 15 yrs old

  42. Rosendo Tamayo
    April 12th, 2015 at 19:59 | #42

    so u guys r wrong

  43. Rosendo Tamayo
    April 12th, 2015 at 20:00 | #43

    so bill bailey DID NOT INVENT IT

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