Just 3 years ago we lost the legendary singer, songwriter, dancer and celebrity icon, Michael Jackson. We remember getting the news that Michael Jackson had died, we didn’t believe it at first. Surely it had to have been a hoax until we saw all the headlines on the internet and news channels. It was true; the world lost the amazing award winning, King of Pop. Michael Jackson transfixed the world like few entertainers before or since.
Although we love all of Michael’s music and albums, our favorite albums are “Thriller” and “Off the Wall”. During the early 80’s, we danced until we couldn’t dance anymore, engaging on the then popular dance, “The Moonwalk” and jamming all day to his music records on a Saturday afternoon. We can still envision the infamous red jacket, the glove and let’s not forget the pelvis thrusting.
Fashion designer, Anna Margaux shares with us her memories of Michael Jackson back then. “I really wanted to be like Michael and love him so much. There were posters on my bedroom wall, I had a variety of t-shirts and I was sporting a Jerry Curl. Who didn’t love Michael Jackson?” Wow, we may just have to dig for that photo of Anna with a Jerry Curl.
We didn’t just love him then. but the world came to know him at an earlier age as he joined his siblings on stage which evolved into the group The Jackson 5. Michael emerged as the group’s lead vocalist. He showed remarkable range and depth for such a young performer, impressing audiences with his ability to convey complex emotions. We remember, chart-topping singles such as “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There”. In 1971, Michael then began his solo career. Throughout his career he received a multitude of hit records and countless awards. Some of our favorite songs include, PYT, Remember the Time, Thriller, You Are Not Alone, Rock With You, Beat It, Man in the Mirror, Scream, They Don’t Care About Us, Break of Dawn and a host of many others.. Michael was in preparation for his Final tour “This is It” to bring us more great music, but unfortunately Michael never got to experience the success of his comeback tour. On June 25, 2009, at the age of 50 years old, Michael passed away after suffering cardiac arrest. The news of his death resulted in an outpouring of public grief and sympathy.
Today we remember Michael Jackson and his legacy in a positive light while we still Rock to His Music attempting to learn some of his dance moves while playing the Michael Jackson game on Wii and watching the amazing documentary “This is It”. Michael may be gone, but he will never be forgotten as his undying legacy and music lives on.
Below we share with you a picture taken at his Hollywood Star that very weekend that Michael Jackson passed.
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009).
Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you received the news of Michael’s death? What are some of your favorite songs and/or albums? We would love to hear from you.