Michael Jackson: The Greatest…

June 26, 2009

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Michael Jackson: The King of Pop. The Prince of R&B. The Greatest Entertainer of All-Time. The world lost a true genius!

The seventh child of the Jackson family has been entertaining the world since he was 11 years old with his older brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon) in The Jackson Five. Known for their hit records “I want you back,” “ABC,” “I’ll be there,” the group trancscended the music not only of their era, but music as a whole.

In 1972, Mike showed the world his ability to shine on his own when he recorded the song Ben which served as the theme song to the movie of the same name. Ben was Michael’s first of thirteen number-one pop hits in the United States and launched a megastar.

The caramel-toned kid with the huge fro and high-pitched voice officially broke away from his brothers and became a man when he collaborated with producer Quincy Jones to create his first solo album. Released on August 10, 1979, Off the Wall, featured a new sound that Jackson was crafting to set America up for the biggest album in the history of popular music. Thriller!

Released on November 30, 1982, with the classic cover of him leaning on his left shoulder sporting the white suit and black shirt unzipped, nine of the 10 songs were released as singles. They ALL reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts. The album also won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984 and is currently the best selling record of all time. Since that time, Michael has released “Bad,” “Dangerous,” “HIStory,” and “Invincible,” which has made him one of the biggest artists in music history.

His ability to bring all races together was unmatched. His influence was like no other (…Chris Brown, Usher, Ne-Yo, Lloyd). His relevance in music will never die.

As a kid, I wanted to be Michael (…who didnt?) and I still frequently listen to his music today. From his Christmas carols to his solo joints, Michael has been relevant in my life (…and still is) since I was brought into this earth. My auntie used to bump the Dangerous album, Jackson’s first official project of my time, and recite every word to “Remember the Time.” Working with Michael Jordan on “Jam” was also a huge moment for me because I got to see the behind-the-scenes footage in Jordan’s move “Air Time.” Jordan took the time away from the NBA playoffs to make the video with Jackson!

If I could make a 10 track disc (…in no order) of my favorite Michael Jackson songs they would be:

1. Human Nature

2. Dirty Diana

3.  I Wanna Be Where You Are

4. Baby Be Mine

5. Liberian Girl

6. Ben

7. I Saw mommy Kissing Santa Claus

8. Off the Wall

9. Can You Remember

10. Beat It

*Honorable Mention: Billie Jean, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Lady In My Life

I was prepared to see his final comeback and it would have been epic! Outside of Tupac’s death, this passing has affected me the most of any celebrity.

So everybody try to moonwalk on the kitchen floor and grab their crotch that one last time in memory of MJ…the greatest musician of all time!!

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5 Responses to “Michael Jackson: The Greatest…”

  1. “His ability to bring all races together was unmatched.”

    So true E … he collaborated with everyone from Van Halen to Ralph Tresvant to Justin Timberlake to Kris Kross to Kenny Rogers to Diana Ross. There’s even rumors he co-wrote the “Do the Bartman” song for the Simpons Sing the Blues album in the 1990s.

    How many musicians can say that?

  2. Eric Woodyard said

    not many!lol… He did collab with everyone in the business…he worked with the other MJ for crying out loud! lol…there will never be another

  3. meat said

    Wow. Human Nature is my favorite MJ song too! Michael once said that that song “has wings”. I think that’s a perfecet description. I remember the Dangerous era too, man. That’s when I first became an MJ fan. he was larger than life back then. i woulda never dreamed things woulda turned out the way they did back then. Mike was the most significant figure of my childhood and he will be missed forever. Great article, bro.

  4. Eric Woodyard said

    thanks man! i feel that same…dangerous was his first official album that he put out when i was living…i was born in 88, and that came out in 91 so i used to hear all of the oldies but that stuff was new and fresh and he was larger than life at that point

  5. hi,really good shirt,do you know where i can find that good.thanks,bill

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