Remembering Michael Jackson

June 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Music, My Blog

His life may have included controversy, legal trouble, and money problems, but Michael Jackson will always be an icon. He redefined the music industry in more ways than I could discuss.

How big was the death of Michael Jackson? Since his passing on Thursday afternoon, Michael has been the main news story. At the same time on Friday night, I counted seven cable news networks discussing his death and one major network airing a tribute show. Today is Sunday, and Michael is still the focus of all news programs.

In one way or another, I feel Michael has impacted everyone’s life. Whether you tried to dance like him once or enjoyed listening to one of his songs, he will always be a part of pop culture throughout the world.

When I was a small child, one thing I wanted was a sequence glove. I remember hearing a rumor in elementary school that a certain retail store was selling the infamous glove; when I called the store to find out if the rumor was true, the employee on the phone thought I was crazy. My wonderful mom eventually made me a glove.

I can still remember watching Michael dance during the 1984 Grammy Awards, throwing his hat and doing the moonwalk across the stage. I was in awe watching him glide across the stage. To me, this is the night Michael became the King Of Pop. By the way, “Thriller” won a Grammy for Album Of the Year that night.

I did not have cable television while growing up, so I could only watch MTV at my neighbor’s house. Fortunately, NBC had an hour and a half show called “Friday Night Videos” that would air after “The Tonight Show” each week. I remember staying up hoping to see videos by Michael Jackson and Madonna. “Beat It” was the first music video to air on the television show’s debut, and the “Thriller” music video was shown for the first time in the world on “Friday Night Videos.”

I can remember drinking a Pepsi, because Michael did in a commercial.

I remember putting together a small fireworks show for my family on July 4, 1985 at my grandparents’ lakehouse, and trying to set my show to music with my tape recorder. My show had to end with the song “We Are The World.”

I remember one of my two favorite whammies on the game show “Press Your Luck” was the Michael Jackson whammy; my other favorite was the breakdancing whammy.

I remember learning to breakdance. When teaching myself how to moonwalk, my childhood friend David helped me perfect the move by showing me how to push off correctly with each step.

I remember being at a record convention in 1994 and finding an original 45 of the single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” for $5. This song is a must-own for any DJ.

In one of my posts from January, I ranked Michael Jackson’s Super Bowl halftime show as the third best, ever.

If you have any memories you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment on this post.

Michael, thank you for the wonderful music and memories.

Watch Michael Jackson perform “Billie Jean” at the 1984 Grammy Awards:

Watch the whammies from “Press Your Luck” (sorry about the quality):