If I had to put together a list of my favorite artists, Michael Jackson would not be there. That’s not about the talent and impact of the King of Pop. That’s about my taste and appreciation for the artists that would make my list. I may be the only person of my generation to have never owned Thriller.
On the second anniversary of Jackson’s death it is appropriate to take a moment of silence and acknowledge his untimely death and pay respect to the impact he had on music.
Born in Gary, Indiana, 1958, who could’ve foreseen that little Michael Jackson would grow up to be the most successful entertainer of all time (according to Guinness World Records.)
From his rise to stardom as the child front-man of the Jackson 5, to the highly successful Thriller, to his arrest and acquittal for child sexual abuse in 2005, the emotionally tortured icon has gone from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, and back again. To his credit he always seemed to land on his feet.
Jackson’s money machine didn’t turn off when he passed on. According to the MJ wiki his lifetimes earnings were in the $500 million range yet in the year following his death the Jackson estate generated over $1 billion.
They say the good die young –Joplin, Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson, superstars in life, larger than life in death.
I also need to wish Carly Simon a Happy Birthday! Sixty-six and going strong.