Michael Jackson Dies

There are a million things that can be said about Michael Jackson, and most of them probably will be said over the next couple of days. But one thing is undeniable -- he was responsible for some of the best pop songs ever. So for now, just enjoy one.

Here are a few things I remember about Michael Jackson. My dad taking me to the old Capital Centre to see him in concert in 1989. Richard Harrington reviewed that show for the Post. He said: "Sometimes, watching him as the center of his spectacle, you feel you're inside a planetarium with a familiar galaxy and a single burning star at its center." That's pretty much how I felt then, except translated into 8-year-old talk.

His video premieres were big deals. I remember sitting in front of the TV waiting for the first look at "Black or White" and "Smooth Criminal." They were on prime time TV. It was required viewing; if you didn't watch, you were left out of the conversation at school the next day.

To this day, "Billie Jean" gets lodged in my brain for days at a time. It's not the worst thing, I'll tell you.

And, of course, there were the more recent events. Dangling a baby from a balcony. Dancing on a car after being acquitted on child molestation charges. He was no longer a pop star; he was an oddity, a freak, a weirdo.

But "Billie Jean" still sounded amazing.

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Quincy Jones Statement on Michael Jackson:
"I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80's. To this day, the music we created together on "Off The Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all ... talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."

By David Malitz |  June 25, 2009; 6:43 PM ET Appreciations
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Please give Michael Jackson some attention, even though he died today.

True, he wasn't Farrah Fawcett-Majors, but he had a lot of fans in the 1970s. A talented boy. Let him have some attention, too -- even on this incredibly sad day dedicated to Farrah.

Posted by: StaffSgtAmerica | June 25, 2009 10:00 PM

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