Michael Jackson-Musically Gifted King of Pop

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Thriller
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Growing up with Michael Jackson's Music

I cannot fathom the fact that Michael Jackson is gone. Myself like so many people around the world were in awe of the talent that he possessed from the day that he along with his brothers, The Jackson Five took the stage. Michael Jackson's accomplishments in music, dance, songwriting, actor and other noble fetes speak for themselves. It is a struggle right now to write this Hub because my mind is a mass of sadness and sorrow for a life taken too soon.

I know we cannot live forever, but this is not right, not fair. He was about to start out on a fifty concert tour on July 13, 2009 in Europe. I grew up listening, dancing and partying to Michael Jackson both as a part of the Jackson Five, and as a solo artist. I consider him at the top, if not the top artist of all time. His influence of artists of some many genre's around the world is a testament to that.

Michael Jackson was a very sweet and sensitive man and I hope he will be remembered for all the contributions he made to the music world. Moreover he was a philanthropist and raised money for many charities around the world. Michael loved life and family, contrary to what was reported in the press many times. He was, even though having to grow up under a spotlight, a professional who put his heart and soul in all of his work and that in which he collaborated on with others. He was the best!

Michael Jackson...Rest In peace. He was and will always be remembered as one of the most iconic and influential artist of all times. He will be missed. It's a sad day. June 25, 2009

Michael's albums as an adult

Invincible (2001)

Blood on the Dance Floor (1997)

HIStory (1995)

Dangerous (1991)

Bad (1987)

Thriller (1982)

Off The Wall (1979)

Top Songs by Michael Jackson

Song Album

Thriller Thriller

Beat It Thriller

P.Y.T.(Pretty Young Thing) Thriller

Billie Jean Thriller

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Essential Michael Jackson

Man In The Mirror Bad

Rock With You Off The Wall

Wanna Be Startin 'Somethin' Thriller

The Way You Make Me Feel Bad

Black Or White Dangerous

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Comments and thoughts on the passing of the Iconic Michael Jackson 67 comments

Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

It is a sad day. Michael will be missed.


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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

I love his MOON WALK. He has made a mark in History.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Very sad and shocking!! He will be missed, but his music will live on.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

This is one of those times when I am proud to be part of the NYC crowd. The Apollo (and there is only one Apollo) Uptown in Harlem put his name up on the marquee earlier today (Thursday) with his date of birth and death - and NYers took to 125th Street by the thousands and...they moonwalked...and danced...and sang his songs - what a tribute!

Thanks for your tribute too!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

May Michael Jackson's spirit shine on. I also loved his music and found him to be a very loving man even when the media was knocking him down.

BKCreative: Wow....I am touched to hear that my beloved NY paid him this tribute!


hilander 7 years ago

He was an artest,a builder,aprotecter..his music will transend time and space. he is with us in all his glory. god bless and keep you michael


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chandanakumarct 7 years ago from Bangalore

Its an Sad day. We miss you Michael. The Moon Walk was his unique one.


rockwell 7 years ago

tragic loss to the world,


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

All the comments left are so heartfelt and a healing of sorts to cope with this tragic loss. His legacy is already in place and may he rest in peace.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

Thanks for mentioning all of the albums and songs that you included in your Hub. I thought Thriller was innovative and enjoyed the fact that the title song was used as a winning number one season on Dancing with the Stars.


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Cathy 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

Thanks Laringo for this outlet. I think the arts are humanity's way of reaching into and exposing our souls to allow our passions freedom. The bigger the artist, the deeper we are reached into. Michael's death so soon, like Diana's in '97, shocks humanity, shakes us to our cores where we join together at such vulnerable levels to share and lean on one another. It is an amazing thing and I'm absolutely sure the being, the spirit that was Michael is watching and is in JOY to see humans from all walks of life, all places around the globe, all colors and beliefs joining together to remember his gifts, his own vulnerabilities and trials and of course his incredible passion for singing to the world. I'm with you Laringo in sadness. I feel if he passed away at age 88 the effect could not be as stimulating on a global level as we are all witnessing today. There's a grander plan behind this quick departure than meets the eye...


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bluebird 7 years ago

I am too shocked, there was noone like Michael. I loved to watch him dance, he was the best dancer of all time! I share this great video collection of his moonwalk (s).

http://www.imeem.com/people/6SLrUVA/playlist/NWVQv...

RIP MICHAEL


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Once again fellow Hubbers, Patty, Cathy, bluebird and all others previous comments, I appreciate you coming and sharing your thoughts and emotions. I felt so compelled to put my words down because I just couldn't settle down yesterday. It was and still is quite emotional to think that Michael is gone. Even though this Hub is really not a long and detailed story of Michael's life, for those who loved him, his music has and will continue to speak for itself.


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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Beautiful Hub. It has not hit me yet that he is really gone. Reminder of how I need to live each day to my fullest. Be kind, memember that love never fails, help others, give to the poor, give a hug, give a smile. Be a server and not a taker. Michael helped many causes. I beleve he is in Heaven with Our Lord, no tears, no suffering, no struggles or pain. He is lucky but will be missed by billions. Talk about imaking an impact on this world. I am grateful I never judged him as he had some things going on. ( We all do) I am  not perfect but am grateful I loved him for him. I grieve for his loved ones and beloved fans. He was an amazxing artist. He will rock on.

Thank you for visiting my hubs and joining I hope you are blessed with the tips.


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

Thanks for pointing out his humanitarian efforts. I've written a tribute hub to Michael Jackson as well. A great talent Gone Too Soon.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

I know Michael had a big heart and love and devotion for those less fortunate. It is always easy for people to criticize and demonize those they don't know. This behaviour is never right. Unless you trully know a person then one should not judge. We are all God's children here on heart to live our best life. That's what Michael Jackson did, despite the obstacles he had bear.


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popintervention 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I cry and then I make myself stop. I cry and then I make myself stop. and then I cry again.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

popintervention, it is indeed very hard and such a tragedy at such a young age. I saw many concerts and Motown Tours in my life but never had a chance to see Michael. I am sad for that. It would have been an honor. My memories of him will now live on in his music and videos.


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michaeljackson 7 years ago

I`ve had a love hate relationship with Michael since I was 10. Of course going through the "Michael Jackson Jacket" phase. He was one of a kind , I can say that. I have some really cool RARE pictures of Michael Jackson in concert on my page. Check it out

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Michael-Jackson-


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popintervention 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Laringo, I know it's tough. It's tough to mourn, too, when his music gets you so amped! I just wrote a hub about it after going through the ups and downs of trying to grieve, but being too happy whenever his music's playing. I never got to see in concert either. He was one of my three I wanted to see. Saw Prince, and saw George Michael. Michael Jackson, robbed me! LOL


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hi popintervention, I've been watching his videos all weekend on every channel, switching back and forth. It's such a good feeling to see and hear his music. A big part of getting over the shock and part of the healing process.


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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

Hi Laringo. I'm sorry he's gone as well. As a kid he was always my favorite performer. It always seemed he was so unhappy. May he rest in peace.


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olga88 7 years ago from TX

Michael Jackson will always be remembered for his creative works and outstanding performances. His contributions to the music industry were like no others, truly phenomonal!. There has been only one, and will only be one Michael Jackson, true King of Pop!

Here's more about Michael Jackson: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Michael-Jackson-...


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

no body, he was indeed the best performer in my opinion. He grew up before our eyes and never had a normal childhood. Some can handle this and some can't. All in all he left a legacy of great music and memories. He won't be forgotten.


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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

The only thing about Micheal was the (in my opinion) gross distortions that he had surgically done to his handsome African features. If my son were to want to transform himself away from his God given African features or my daughter were to say that she had to get rid of this nose or this chin or lip or whatever I would have to seriously tie them down and have a talk with them. My children are such beautiful people and I want them to see what God created was beautiful. In fact I'm a bit jealous of them and really wish I was blood so I could have some of those genes in me. But alas I am but a white guy and an average one at that. I know, I know, my wife thinks I got it and all that but confidentially just between you and me - I think she needs glasses. Hey don't tell her I said that or she'll smack me in my bald head!


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Poly_Anna 7 years ago

Michael Jackson - FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS ...R.I.P King of Pop

I`ll Download Michael Jackson`s the greatest hits with MelodyCan converter


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

sunesra and Poly_Anna,thanks for your comments.


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diamondrose1 7 years ago from Australia

Thanks for sharing.


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RTaveras 7 years ago from New York

R.I.P KING OF POP ,i always had your back ..You Will live Through Your music and your fans ForEver , for more MJ Music and videos check out this social network called www.aroundtheway.com they have a nice tribute and the latest blogs about him , for more info see my blog http://bit.ly/E5XTT


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Thanks RTaveras, I will go to that site and bookmark it. MJ was the best!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Thanks laringo for dropping by my hub about MJ. And when I came here, I discovered you had written one about him too. I do pray that he has found his peace.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hello ripplemaker,I believe he has found peace at last. He was such a talented,gifted and giving human being. We all are blessed to reap the benefits of his goodness and greatness.


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I will always love Michael! ONE OF A KIND!!! I have sooooo much stuff I have bought, I now own 10 Michael Jackson purses, 10 t-shirts, 3 wallets, all his music, etc... lol I am a FAN!!!


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Resolver2009 7 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

Well written, really great hub! Rest in peace Michael, we miss you.. your legacy will live on in your musical greatness.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

drpastorcarlotta....yes he was one of a kind and extremely gifted, but his music and legacy will live on for all times. I haven't bought any merchandise, just magazines. Take care.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Resolver2009...Thanks for commenting and I couldn't agree with you more.


Africanblog 7 years ago

I also feel sad by the death of a great entertainer.There are so many questions to be asked about his death but it was his time.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very heart felt tribute to Michael Jackson. I am sad he died so young, but people will remember him for his music for sure. Even very young kids are singing his songs, and I have heard more of his songs on the radio recently than I had in years.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Africanblog, yes so many of us are saddened by his untimely death, espcially the way and circumstances of his death. He was a rare type of talent that moved the world.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hello SweetiePie..thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I am glad to see so many of the younger generation taking to his music too. His music transcended a broad spectrum of race, culture and more.


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Rose Ella Morton 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

It was almost like a family member had died. I use to love to buy all those tabloid magazines. I haven't bought one since he died. I dont even look at the ones that have his picture on the cover. I just don't want to read any lies about him anymore. The television has told and shown me everything I needed to know.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

it's sad that the media make a circus' of professionals' lives causing too many of them to have to live unnatural lives. michael was a professional and a great musician.


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

The Rope, I agree with you. It's too bad when you are so creative and have so much talent that people will go to all ends to bring you down. That's an element of society which is horrible.


TheSablirab 6 years ago

I just got out of This is It! and boy was it AMAZING! It, unfortunatly, will be the closest thing I will ever get to a Michael Jackson concert, but it is worth it.

I remember going into work that evening and telling my co-workers that Farrah Fawcett had died; I figuared that would be the only big news story that would have happened for the day; boy was I wrong! My GM came round the corner where I was washing some of the dishes and she said that Michael Jackson had died; I don't know why, but I thought that she had been kidding and just making fun of me, since I came in earlier, saying that Farrah had died. However, I asked another co-worker and she said the same thing, that it had been on CNN. The rest of the night, I kept saying aloud that it isn't true, it isn't true, how could it happen? When I got home, there it was, on the news, MTV, E!, etc. I about fell over.

At this point, I can accept that he isn't here, too a degree, but when you've grown up with Michael Jackson, his persona, his everything, it's hard to believe that he is gone. Just like The Beatles, he'll be around for a LONG time.


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Hello and thanks for your heartfelt comments. It's so sad how is life ended because he wasn't ready to go. I never saw him live and I regret that. I hope I can still get tickets to "This is it" because all I've heard is rave reviews. I must experience this movie with others in a theater because it will be the closes thing to being a one of his concerts.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Loss of Michael Jackson is not a loss to any individuals but a loss to the whole world. He was the king of musical world and he will remain so in the years to come.


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Mr. Roychoudhury, you are so right. He was a talent somtimes beyond what words can fairly say. His music will live forever. Thanks for your comments on this Hub.


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Lee Thacker 6 years ago

Seems like the last of a breed....Sorry...no comparison from little timberlake...he's not even in the league...no matter how many records he will ever sell...Wow! You really put a lot of thought and positive thought into your hub article! Honestly I think I need to re-read it again to pick-up all the gems that you shared, as always...THANKS! Keep writing...you know I'm a fan!


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Thanks Lee...indeed he was in a league of his own.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I will love Michael Jackson forever!!!! I have soooooo many things to remind me of him, it's unreal! From purses, t-shirts, cell phone holders, rings, watches, posters, etc.... I listen to him everyday, his music lefts me up! GREAT HUB!!! Blessings! Come visit when you get some time.


kims3003 6 years ago

I agree 100% Wonderful article. I also just cannot fathom that the King of Music is gone. But his spirit will shine forever!


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Thank you for reading my article. There will never be no one like him again.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Laringo thanks for this hub I totally agree with you on this it was a sad day indeed. I have an idea for a hub on MJ and it is still in the works. Nice work.


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ddayse888 6 years ago

Michael Jackson's music touched me deeply. When he died, I held it together for two days and then I lost it. I am a man and men don't cry. But I just had to let it out. I am finally able to listen to his music again without loosing it. MJ rest in peace.


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Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

He is my Idol since I was 12 and that 23 years ago. And I still enjoy all his songs.

Thanks for sharing.


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rose56 6 years ago

what a great entertainer i have always loved him his voice was great.


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Ign Andy..his music is endless and that's something that is not achieved by many artists.


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laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Ign Andy..his music is endless and that's something that is not achieved by many artists.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Thanks for the wonderful tribute to Michael Jackon. There will never be another like him.


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MoneyCreator24 5 years ago

Today I went to Saturn, one of the mega electronics stores in Germany. I wanted to buy a Christmas gift for my children. I was forced to walk past the TV department. On a giant wall, in inconspicuous shelves, dozens of monitors above the other and side by side, all showed the same picture: Michael Jackson preparing one of his shows. This impression is hard to describe. Fantastic. Wonderful music. Sensational dance style. Breathtaking. I love his music.

Yes, it's pretty sad that he had to go already. But his music is still here.

Anyway, good hub. voted up :)


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laringo 5 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

Thank you MoneyCreator24 for the kind comments. Yes there will be no one again like Michael Jackson. He raised the bar as high as it can go in my opinion.


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SEO IT! 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

When my daughter told me he had died, the world actually spun for me. I agree with you 100 percent. Awesome hub.


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laringo 5 years ago from From Berkeley, California. Author

seo it,thanks for the kind feedback.


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Wayne's Word 5 years ago

MJ was the best. The most dynamic original awesome performer of our era.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Grew up listening to Michael Jackson in the Jackson 5. Loved Thriller and loved to watch him dance. He was very talented.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

A true legend.It is such a pity his good qualities were only highlighted when he passed on. he left the world such beautiful artistic treasures from music to movies


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dmoney4god 4 years ago from VA

MJ was and still is the best. I use to copy all is dance moves when i was growing up.

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