June 25, 2014

Rest In Peace: Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Whatever argument you have about his lifestyle ... there can be no argument about his life's work ... Michael Jackson is the greatest Black artist of all time. Consider his body of work as a child ... teenager ... and adult. He survived the test of time from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.  He left us too soon...

I shared my favorite MJ tune a few months ago during Old School Friday. Here is another of my favorite Michael Jackson tunes: 'Human Nature'






M.Jackson Human Nature
by nicobus

Truth to tell, I didn't follow young Michael much when I was a child. However, he did enter into my world during college. My night as a DJ, whether at a club, skating rink or on the radio, was never complete in 1979 unless we played 'Rock With You'. Did you know that the original title to this track was “I Want To Eat You Up.” It was changed to “Rock With You” to better fit Jackson’s image. Little did we know...







Anyhow, Michael Jackson is my selection as the GOAT ('greatest of all time'). Who would you choose for that title?

29 comments:

PPR_Scribe said...

Separating the person from the artist seems to be a theme today with several OSF'ers. I'll tell you something about me and Michael Jackson: The J5's "ABC" was the first record I ever owned. I cut it out from the back of a cereal box! For real! LOL

Thanks for the pick and for the memories. MJ is truly the King of Pop.

Revvy Rev said...

Michael has a few that would qualify. I like Rock With You. It is a classic. I got a feeling that most of today's OSF choices will come from our college days. Enjoy your weekend.

kennyx6 said...

In my opinion, James Brown was the GOAT from the mid 1960s into early 70s. Marvin Gayle in the mid 1970s to late 70s. Michael in the 80s and early 90s. But then various artists, groups and rappers such as Luther Vandross,50 cents and Prince took turns in late 90s into the 2000s.

Hagar's Daughter said...

"Off The Wall" is MJ's B.E.S.T. I owned the vinyl, the cd, and it's on my mp3.

Kymberly said...

Oh my... Rock with you! Let's see...I was how old? I think I was in middle school or high school. Still pretty young, but I had that vinyl, and I wish I had taken better care of it.

Villager said...

PPR Scribe - The back of a cereal box? Wow...

Kenny - Thanx for taking time to share your comments here. I enjoy them on Facebook ... but, I think that you'll get more back & forth if you leave your comment directly on the blog. Anyhow, your GOAT observations are well-taken...

Kymberly - OK. I get it. I'm an old goat (smile)...

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Villager,

I have to agree with you...Michelle...I mean, Michael...is the greatest artist of all time, hands down, no debates.

I'd like him to stop wearing so much make up however...

Hey Shae! said...

You cut a record off the back of a cereal box? I'm amazed. LOL But then again, I did peel a perfectly good Barbie record out of a Barbie Fashion book. Those were the good old days. ;-)

kennyx6 said...

Message received and understood! I will try to go directly into your blogs. I hope to support you and your efforts. I may not post everyday, But I am there in spirit.

Vérité Parlant said...

I was a J5 maniac and loved watching MJ perform when he went solo. May have been one of the first in line in NOLA to get his first solo album.

You're right. No matter the objection one may have about Michael's personal life, his talent cannot be denied.

Thank you for your black children's book choices too.

N. aka V.P.

Keith said...

All right Villager!

Go on and be bold, my brother. I can understand and respect those who shied away from naming a best, but I like how you stepped on out there and said HERE HE IS RIGHT HERE.

The end.

However I must take issue to some degree. While you're certainly right that Michael is truly a giant despite his recent travails, I would submit one other name that I think surpasses even him,and that would be Sammy Davis Jr.

Just sayin...

Villager said...

All - Thank you for sharing your village voice on my OSF meme entry this month. I enjoyed roaming cyberspace to see who others selected. There was great diversity. I don't think that any single artist received a majority of the votes as the GOAT. That sez something about the diverse talent in our culture...

SjP said...

MJ is truly one of the real GREATS...Black and White. But, gotta agree with Keith about SDJ.

Marvalus said...

This theme was hard for me...everyone's view of greatness will be different.

But Michael Jackson would definitely be on my list of greats...in his prime, he was the ultimate.

Regina said...

Great picks! My respect for MJ has deteriorated over the years but these are 2 of my favorites by him.
Both are on my mp3!

Karen Swim, Words For Hire said...

The news of Michael's death hit me hard. @PPR, lol I remember the cereal box 45! LOL! My first concert was a J5 concert. My mom got the tickets and took me and was tickled to death to watch my 6 year old self screaming for Michael with the teenage girls. From ABC to Thriller the man was a true musical genius. My prayers are with his loved ones today. So many negative comments about him on social media but he was great entertainer, a father, son and brother and the loss hits us all.

Ed Padgett said...

What a sad day this is. Have played Black & White many times after the news arrived and still in disbelief he has left at such a young age of 50.

Rest in peace Michael.

Villager said...

Karen & Ed - I suspect that the positive aspects of his life will dominate as we move forward. At the end of the day he was an extremely talented man who acheived landmarks in the music industry that may never be duplicated. I hope that his estate is protected in such a manner that his three children are secure in their future...

RIP Michael...

MrsGrapevine said...

I knew I would like your choices because out styles are so similar. I wanted to play human nature, too, but I chose 4 songs.

I told Regina Rock With You will be the most popular today, and so far, I'm right.

RIP Michael Jackson

Shawn said...

Excellent Choices Villager

Hey Shae! said...

I didn't even check the theme. I jsut knew I was posting MJ music. I agree with PPR_Scribe, I'm separating the music and the artist from the man's personal life in my tribute.

Happy OSF folks!

AAW said...

"Man In The Mirror"

teamowens313 said...

Hey Villager.

The more I got through my rolodex of Great Black Talent the more I think you just may be right about Michael's Greatest of All Time status, at least in terms of overall impact on the entertainment world. I would argue a few others ahead of him in terms of ability - the primary one being Sammy Davis Jr. - but no one reached the heights that Michael did. That's for sure.

Never another like him..

iriegal said...

Wayne..no doubt we have lost a great one...

Regina said...

There are many songs of Michael's that I love and as a young girl I (as all other young girls did!) had the biggest crush. As I got older I fell out of love and as an adult I liked his music less and less but no one can every say that he did not have talent and break multiple barriers for the generation of performers that came after him.
I hope he is finally at peace, something I think eluded him in life. This is definitely a loss of an awesome talent. RIP - MJJ.

Villager said...

All - I enjoyed visiting the other OSF blog posts today. I learned much about Michael Jackson that I didn't know before. It is likely I will continue to have some Michael Jackson posts over the coming days. Currently, my Twitter avatar is dedicated to the King of Pop. It will stay that way until he is laid to rest.

Thank you to everyone that took time to share your village voice with us on this OSF post...

Marvalus said...

This has been so hard...

I saw that you posted your two previous MJ OSF choices yesterday...I couldn't comment because the words wouldn't come.

One thing is for sure...this man was awesome...and all I will remember is what an incredible performer, artist, and musician he was.

Gunfighter said...

Greatest Black artist?

How about greatest artist?

Villager said...

Marvalus - I feel ya'! The great thing is that we'll have his music forever...

Gunfighter - I agree. In my view he was the GOAT ('Greatest Of All Time') when it comes to music...