Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

A legend left us today.  Arguably the most talented and most influential pop music entertainer of the 20th century, Michael Jackson, died today.  He was 50.  Like everyone, I was in shock when I heard the news.  Some people followed today’s developments from the beginning, but by the time I heard anything, he was gone.

Michael Jackson was one of my favorite performers growing up.  He was larger than life when I was a teenager in the 1980s.  There was the roof-raising, moonwalking performance at Motown 25 in 1983.  There was the brilliant video for “Thriller”, which in the early days of MTV, was coupled with a “making of” documentary.  He could dance, he could sing, he could wow a crowd with his charisma.  He was a natural, a genius.

There will never be another performer to single-handedly captivate an audience like Michael Jackson.  He will be missed.

 

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