Jackson has died at the age of 50. He
leaves behind an enormous legacy of pop/rock music that he wrote, produced
and performed in a groundbreaking career that spanned decades. Even though
his reputation became tarnished in recent years, he was still beloved by
millions of fans.
Jackson is considered one of entertainment's greatest icons - the self
proclaimed "King of Pop" whose amazing dance moves and evocative
high-pitched voice influenced generations of musicians.
Record Corporation founder, Berry Gordy, was shocked at the sudden passing of
the pop star at age 50. When he was
only 11, Jackson got his big break as the frontman for his family's group,
The Jackson 5. It became one of Motown's catchiest and top selling artists,
releasing big hits like “ABC” and “I Want You Back.”
always wanted to be the best and was willing to work as hard as it took to be
that," said Gordy.
spotlight began to dim when he entered his late teens.
that changed when he collaborated with legendary musician and record producer
Quincy Jones on debuting numerous albums including Thriller, released in
1982. It is still the world's best
selling album; people were crazy about it.
stunning videos from Thriller and other albums reinvented the way music
videos were made. He became the first
black artist played on the young, rock-oriented MTV channel.
Jackson publicist Susan Blond remembers the singer as the most talented and
exhilarating person she ever worked
was very hard to get gigs for someone who wasn't white or get them on the
cover of magazines or even MTV but with Thriller every barrier was
broken," she said. "Stadiums all over the world were sold out and
he became the biggest star of all time."
Jeffrey Young worked at the top pop radio station in New York City in the
1980s, and recalls Jackson's enormous talent.
Jackson's career was one of constant innovation, from the very beginning with
the Jackson 5, the group broke the racial barrier. White kids listened to
that music like they had never listened to black music before, truly
world-class" he said.
had a chart-topping album with "HIStory" in 1995. But as his fame grew, so did apparent
problems. He became known as a weird with frequent plastic surgeries and was
accused of molesting boys, although not convicted.
went into seclusion and a comeback seemed unlikely.
last March he announced he would do a series of comeback concerts in
will be my final show performances in London," said the rock star. "This will be it, and when I say this,
it really means this is it."
was also expected to embark on a worldwide tour, which huge numbers of his
fans were looking forward to.
now, they cannot believe he is gone.
a big loss for all music lovers because he had a type of music that touched
people of all age groups and all cultural origins, that's why we are going to
miss him a lot, his music will be a haunting reminder of his loss" said
a fan of Michael Jackson.
as fans around the world say goodbye, for many of them, the renowned Michael
Jackson will always be the King of Pop.
and dapted from: https://www.voanews.com/archive/great-musical-talent-passes (02 November, 2009)