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Jackson Jolts Music Store

July 3, 1992

ROME (AP) _ He could have plunked pennies in Trevi Fountain or strolled the ancient stone walks of the Forum. But what did Michael Jackson, tourist, do in his few free hours in Rome on Friday?

He shopped for records.

″We got a call from the police five minutes before he arrived,″ said Carla Berlocci, an employee at Ricordi music store off Piazza Venezia. ″We thought it was a prank.″

But up rolled a black van and out hopped Jackson, his cousin and several bodyguards. The entertainer arrived in Rome on Thursday to prepare for a concert Saturday in Flaminio Stadium.

″When he came into the store I started to play ‘Bad’ on the keyboards,″ said salesman Stefano D’Armini. ″And he and his cousin did a little dance.″

When the employees requested a song, Jackson said he was saving his voice for the concert. He did take a turn at the keyboards, though.

Among his purchases: four classical records, some children’s music and a Beatles album.

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