The death of Michael Jackson on June 25, in the afternoon, as reported as such sites like TMZ.com and MSNBC.com at the 6 p.m. EST hour is another shock for those of us who grew up with this pop culture icon in the 1970s and 1980s, for earlier in the day, Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with anal cancer.
The death of Michael Jackson has left me stunned. It’s one thing to have one celebrity that was a part of my growing up die, such as Farrah Fawcett earlier today, but to have two such people die in the same day is very numbing and unreal…this is crazy! Despite the fact that this man became an extreme weirdo as he got older and allegedly committed criminal acts with children, Michael Jackson was one of the greatest singers in the history of pop rock music, and there is so much of his musical and video works that remain in my soul. According to those early video reports on MSNBC.com, David Schuster and some of the MSNBC.com reporting staff reported that he had been working on his next tour, which was to begin in July, and this day was supposed to be a rehearsal day at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Death of Michael Jackson Is a Big Loss in the World of Pop Rock Music
The most memorable works of Michael Jackson center around his album masterpiece from 1982 called Thriller, which has generated millions and millions of sales plus a number of music chart hits like Billie Jean. Thriller is one of my Top 3 American Music Award Winners for Favorite Soul R & B Album in Music History, which you can read more about at this Associated Content article. His epic Thriller video played often on MTV during my late teenage years, and showed just how he used the MTV channel to make himself even more of a pop rock singing legend through the use of really riveting and creepy visuals that went along with his energetic music. Yet Michael Jackson’s music that was slower and less riveting in sound could be just as memorable, too, especially the haunting song from Thriller called Human Nature, or his playful duet with Beatles legend Paul McCartney via Say Say Say.
I recall in high school a kid (who was white) who loved Michael Jackson so much that he dressed up just like him and tried imitating his moves. He used to get razzed by other students for trying to imitate Michael Jackson. Yes, many people adored him that much to go to those lengths. I was talking with my good friend on the phone today regarding the death of Farrah Fawcett and the death of Ed McMahon this week, and he said that celebrity deaths come in three’s. Well, he was proven right, but I didn’t expect the death of Michael Jackson to be this soon, as the other two celebrities had been reportedly in bad health for a good while.
Sources: Roy Barnes, Top 3 American Music Award Winners for Favorite Soul R & B Album in Music History: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1606215/top_3_american_music_award_winners.html?cat=33, Associated Content