John Lennon was a great rock musician with worldwide fame. He was shot to death by Mark Chapman. Had Chapman shot Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley, then Jackson and Elvis would be bigger music icons than they currently are.
I agree, I actually cried when I heard Lennon had been shot. John was sheer genius at songwriting and probably the best we will ever see. For me John Lennon was The Beatles and a much bigger talent than Jackson or Elvis. Good taste young lady
They are different. Elvis is the king because he was there at the start of rock and roll and he had the voice. He had moves but they weren't in the league of MJ. MJ is the all time king of moves and rock choreography. He had a good voice but his moves made him MJ.
Micheal J Jackson is the King of Pop and always will be. Elvis is the King of Rock. Both are icon's in their own right! One was White and the other African-American, yet musical icon's in their own right. In God's eyes and in mine they are equally talented to the world.
Which one was white? (That's a little joke.) On the serious side though, a lot of people thought Elvis' music --in his time-- was "too black". Odd that neither of these icons took the black or white distinction that seriously. In fact, I would say that both, in their own ways, helped make that distinction less relevant in the minds of a lot of people.
Well...obviously MJ's stardom icon will shine brighter for a few years to come...due to his recent passing.But...when the dust settles...I have to agree with you, Lgali...they both are equal given each era that they were in. You can say MJ had the music videos for his era...but Elvis got the movie deals for his era. Equal. Multiple Hits, Great Stage Presence, Original Moves, and talent to go along with a voice. Equal.
Both are very iconic. But....personally, I believe that MJ will have greater success for years to come, more so than Elvis. This is because he had more materials published and his pop style is still listened to today by people of all ages. Where as, not many young people listen to Elvis.
Both still have a very loving fan base and will always be viewed as two of the biggest music icons, but at the end of the day they're both very different entertainers.
Agreed. I think Michael Jackson was the overall package for me, even though I am biased because he was from my era. He could sing, he could act and make brilliant short films, he was a brilliant songwriter on his own and man... the dance! He was everyone combined, plus some magic.
For the older people, it will likely be Elvis, and for anyone of the 80s era it would be Jacko.
I would say that the newer generations don't really know or care about either. They think of Elvis as some dead guy, and MJ as some freak. They don't actually know about their careers, struggles, and such.
Elvis is far more the Icon that Michael Jackson was. Elvis died before the age of the Internet, TMZ, Twitter, Facebook and everyone being at the cusp of all entertainment / celebrity news.
Elvis was Global before it was as easy to be that famous. There was literally nowhere for Elvis to go and people wouldn't recognize him. People in African tribes that were unknown to civilization knew who Elvis was.
Michael Jackson got famous before the internet and all the things listed above, but he lived into the technology era I am referring to.
If Elvis was around as long as Michael Jackson...I can't even explain how huge a celebrity he would be...on par with Jesus I suspect.
Elvis was big no doubt about that, so was Jackson but Elvis was no songwriter like John Lennon. A true singer like a true poet must surely be the greatest songwriter of all time and sorry but I cant see either Elvis or Jackson even coming close to John Lennon for songwriting.
I have to say I think Elvis was the bigger icon. He came along before " my time" (Jackson came along a little after "my time"), so neither of them meant a whole lot to me, personally. Both had a lot of music that had a good sound or rhythm or whatever. Both were "showy" (but then so was Liberace - another one-of-a-kind icon).
Elvis, though, ushered in rock and roll. Also, he was among the first (if not THE first) to incorporate so much of the blues/jazz/sound of African American musicians into his music, bringing that sound into more into the mainstream, popular, music. He was the first to cause so many parents to be "concerned" about the gyrations he did when performing. His romance and marriage to Priscilla captured people's imaginations. The fact that he entered military service was a big deal for a lot of people as well. His death, the whole "Graceland Thing", the stories about whether or not he's still alive, etc. In my memory, it seems he was a "first" for all of that kind of myth and weirdness.
People tend to overlook the icons the came along before they were around. It was long before my time, but in my mother's generation Frank Sinatra was quite the thing. Then, too, (and for whatever reason) there was Marilyn Monroe (not a music icon, of course). The world has had tons of people who were more noticed, or had more impact, than either Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley.
Michael Jackson is, without question, the biggest recording artist the world has ever seen. Sure Elvis was large, important, and he had SOME talent, but he didn't innovate a goddamned thing. Elvis was great at imitating negroes. Michael Jackson, who reportedly didn't think to highly of Elvis, was unlike any other artist ever born of a woman. Mike was so bad, he banged Elvis' daughter! How gangsta is that?
As a musician and music lover, I have grappled with an answer to this question since MJ's sad passing, if there ever will be one.To me, good music entertains us. But great music must inspire and fuel passion within us....
My opinion is that Michael Jackson was a kid toucher, bottom line. I loved Jackson's music when I was a kid, but when he started bleaching his skin and wearing shin guards, I realized something wasn't quite right...
I think "Man In The Mirror" represents Mike best. He was about everything good. He wanted people to change their thinking and behaviors. This would change how people treat each other and the environment.
Since, Michael Jackson newest documentary is out about the late great artists departure. I became quite curious to see how the world feels about his legacy. Therefore, I'm launching this post to get feedback...