25 June, 2009

Michael Jackson: like him or hate him he defined an era

Whatever might be said about Michael Jackson, whatever one might think of him - one thing is certain: he defined an era. As for his lifestyle, it's not for us mortals to judge others; that is only God's prerogative. He will judge him the way He will judge each of us.

One thing is certain too: Michael Jackson is a genius and undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians, one of the most talented entertainers and one of the best dancers of all time; and one of the top ten African American entertainers ever, right there with - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Harry Belafonte.

"Star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style, and color too." TIME Magazine 1984

"It's one of the greatest losses," said Tommy Mottola, former president of Sony Music, which released Jackson's music for 16 years. "In pop history, there's a triumvirate of pop icons: Sinatra, Elvis and Michael, that define the whole culture.. . . . His music bridged races and ages and absolutely defined the video age. Nothing that came before him or that has come after him will ever be as big as he was.

Jackson "had it all. . . . talent, grace, professionalism and dedication," said Quincy Jones, Jackson's collaborator on his most important albums and the movie "The Wiz." "He was the consummate entertainer, and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him." Quoted from the Los Angeles Times

As Michael said: "If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with." He was loved and will always be loved by millions of people worldwide. Most probably, in the history of music, of all musicians and entertainers, none has been as loved and adored by so many, as Michael Jackson. As he would have very much wished and wanted, he leaves this world with millions of people still loving him. In life and death, very, very few people can ever be as passionately loved and revered as Michael Jackson was and is.

Photo: MTV UK

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