While the legacy of the man has been tainted over the last 15 years or so, the legacy of his music remains intact. For all of his weird (and possibly illegal) behavior, he was still one of the most incredibly talented artists to ever be associated with the music industry -- not just his singing and dancing, but his songwriting as well. His influence on the entertainment world cannot be adequately measured. I would have to guess this is similar to the death of Elvis for the next generation, but most likely with a larger impact worldwide. To this day, there may not be any one person more known and more famous around the globe than Michael Jackson. Thank you for the music (and videos), Michael.
SIRIUS has done some of it's own playlist. Let me say, even as a beatles fanatic there are very few things that get me to smile like so many of the Jackson5 numbers. "I Want You Back" "A-B-C" Please. GENIOUS.
He died young, his career started young, he has always remained 'young'.
The first time I saw him on TV must have been with the 'Jackson Five'. I have 'Ben' on CD, I have 'HisStory' on DVD. They will be played the next days. I feel like the day when I heard John Lennon had died.
Michael Jackson was wonderfully talented, but his life has been partly sad and some parts of it were spoiled by nasty circumstances and, as I am inclined to think, by nasty people.
May he rest in peace, he has given us some images, some music, a few sounds and movements that will never be spoiled.
Terrible news. I was born in '78, Jackson was THE defining artist, and even celebrity of my childhood. Through the eyes of a child, MJ was simply godlike, and though he is much tarnished stateside (probably rightly so), he remains so in much of the world today I think.
Wow, I checked into this thread when it was 4 posts long. Tragic loss of a major icon. We are the same age so I can say we grew up together in a sense, I am very sad. MTV Jams WAS playing back to back MJ videos but now I am stuck looking at my old friend Kurt Loder....