I asked him what prompted this post, and he indicated that it was conceived as a hint for his forthcoming Battle Of The Bands post.
The post sparked a lot of discussion over the relative merits of Michael's musical legacy, the sad tragedy that was his personal life and even the musical merits of the popular music of our time.
Pretty weighty stuff.
What I find interesting is the timing of Arlee's post.
On this week in 1970, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 was the number one album on Billboard's soul chart, a position it would hold for nine weeks.
The album, besides being the first album I ever purchased, yielded the group's first (of four) Hot 100 number one singles.
On this week in 1983, Michael's sixth solo album would begin a 37 week run at number one on the Billboard album chart. That album, of course, was Thriller, and while one could debate the relative merits of the music, there is certainly no question that the album had a tremendous impact on the music industry and catapulted Michael into superstar status.
Seven top ten singles.
65 million units sold.
Eight Grammy's won, including Album Of The Year.
Sadly, the artist's idiosyncracy seemed to grow with his success, and his behavior became more and more apparent, first manifesting itself in his various surgeries (I never bought into the rare skin-bleaching ailment) and then in his associations with young children.
I have said it before-Michael was a troubled soul. I want to believe he was too gentle to have molested children, but I certainly do not know the truth.
All I know was that he was a talented artist who suffered from some personal demons, and he died too young.
And I choose to remember him as he was when I was buying his records. Before the mega-stardom and the "King Of Pop" label.
When he was simply Michael Jackson.
And certainly before idols were being erected in his image!
I'LL BE THERE
I WANT YOU BACK