RIP Michael Jackson (music video, instrumental, David Carradine, country)
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Michael Jackson has no match. He was the Beethoven of Pop. His music was incredible and we are blessed to have it to listen to. His performances were heaven-sent. I will venture to say that if you are a person who cannot relate to MJ's music, then something is wrong with you.
I'm still stunned. Hard to imagine that we no longer have this very, very rare talent among us any longer.
I had the fortunate honor of seeing the Triumph Tour, 1981. I was 13, my sis was 17 and cousin 16. To this day, it was the greatest show I've EVER seen. We got floor level tix from my mother's company at the time, Herman's World of Sporting Goods (corporate connections with a now defunct company are great, huh?).
Anyone who saw Mike live got a treat!
Another Mike story. I saw people in my neighborhood throw Thriller parties. And there were many! Someone would throw a party and put on Thriller and nothing else. Thriller was huge!!!!!!! I mean be beyond huge!!!!!!
As for Off The Wall 3 years earlier, it only sold 10 million units!!!!!!! Anyway, I remember in my neighborhood, when Rock With You came on the radio. Every girl and woman went completely insane!!!!!!!!!! I've NEVER, to this day, seen a record (and there have been many!) have that much power over the female persuasion!!!!!!!!
I saw someone compare Mike to Ellington. I agree! Mike is surely missed.
I was 3 years old at the height of Thriller. I don't remember my birthday party but in the pictures I was wearing 3 MJ pins on my sweater. I had not one, but 2 Micheal dolls (one in the red leather jacket and the other in a silver jacket).
One of the attendees wore the red leather zipper jacket. My parents and their friends were huge MJ fans. I remember my mom putting on his records and everyone dancing and trying to copy the moves.
Michael Jackson clearly had mental issues, the least of which was that he was obsessed with children, and also the fact that he wanted to be White.
His physical transformation over two decades was astounding. He went from a dark ebony skin tone to an almost alibaster white. He completely altered (and disfigured) his nose, and had his lips reduced in size. He wore makeup and a wig to make him look more feminine and more Caucasian.
He also "acquired" children who were clearly Caucasian and not at all Black; therefore, quite obviously they were not his own biological offspring.
How the Black community can continue to idolize a Black man who would so blatantly shun everything about himself that was Black (making himself look as Caucasian as possible, and only having Caucasian children)...I'll never understand.
Michael Jackson was an affront to all Black people, and he was probably (although this hasn't been proven) a pedophile.
I hope this thread doesn't turn into some hero worship thread, because I just don't get the sentiments.
I loved the Wiz! Made a photo album of it and I did sport the red jacket and the glove. Had the pleasure of meeting him twice. He was a fabulous entertainer. Who didn't do the moon walk or tried to? It is very sad that he didn't get over whatever it was that was troubling him all of these years. It also saddens me because one of his sistern laws worked for my mother and she died suddenly too (brain anerisim so his death reminds me of when she died). He was hard to like and hard to dislike (Larry King) and I agree.
Farrah, I remember all that hair! We all wanted it. I wanted to be angel too. I've seen Ryan O'Neal in person a couple of years ago and I thought he looked good at his age. At least her family was able to prepare for her departure.
Never can say good bye...
This goes to show you that death comes to us all no one is immune. So enjoy your life, have a will, get life insurance, see the world.
The guy was possibly the greatest entertainer ever, he was a little weird as money makes people and he caught a lot of flak for it.
He was a lot weird, even by entertainment industry standards.
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