Monday, June 29, 2009
I know there is much controversy over Michael Jackson and there always has been. No one knows for sure what is true and what isn't. Regardless, Michael Jackson was a musical icon and a very giving person.
According to Wikipedia, "Jackson donated and raised millions of dollars for beneficial causes through his foundations, charity singles, and support of 39 charities. Other aspects of his personal life, including his often changing appearances and eccentric behavior, generated significant controversy which damaged his public image". We all know how the media can make or break someone's career.
Jackson was one of a very few artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He held 8 Guiness World Records including "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time" and "First Entertainer to Earn More Than 100 Million Dollars in a Year", 13 Grammy Awards, 13 #1 singles and 750 million records sold throughout the world. "Steve Huey of Allmusic observed how Jackson transformed the music video into an art form and a promotional tool through complex story lines, dance routines, special effects and famous cameo appearances; simultaneously breaking down racial barriers" (Wikipedia).
The man deserves respect for this, not ridicule.
I remember buying Michael Jackson 45's (look it up it you don't know what it is!) when I was a teeny bopper. "Got To Be There" was one of mine and my friends favorites, as well "I'll Be There." He was 3 years younger than I am so it was great to have someone our own age famous! Of course, he being black caused much controversy in our white bread world!
Michael Jackson truly crossed generations with his music and his influence. My nephew has been a fan since he was very young and attributes much of his own successes in music as a DJ to Jackson's influences.
I often thought how sad his life truly was, even with all his money and fame.
Wikipedia Referenced on 29 June 2009 on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_jackson