June 25, 2009. The day Michael died, I was on the air and got a text from a friend in LA saying that Michael Jackson had died. I’m thinking this is a hoax because I had not seen anything on the networks. I text-ed and called friends in LA to get to the bottom of this. This can’t be true, because I was making plans to catch the “This Is It” tour in London.
Finally, my suspicions were confirmed, Michael Jackson was dead of an apparent heart attack. I cracked the mic to relay the information to Foxy listeners while trying to maintain my composure. I’m getting misty eyed just writing about this right now. I opened the request line for listeners to express their sympathy and what they loved about Michael Jackson all the while fighting back my tears. How could the greatest entertainers be gone?
Today, marks four years since Michael left us. My most memorable moment of Michael was in Detroit at a talent showcase hosted by Gladys Knight at the Fox theater. Michael sported a huge Afro, wore a fringe vest, boots and had moves like the “Godfather” James Brown and a smile that captivated the audience. I had an opportunity of see the Jackson 5 before they became famous. Later that year, the Jackson 5 where a household name with their huge hit “I Want You Back”. Who among us did not get up on Saturday mornings to watch the Jackson 5 cartoons or plaster posters of the Jackson 5 on their bedroom wall.
I never had the opportunity to meet Michael or the Jackson 5 but the memories and music will live on for an amazing artist.
Gone too soon. We miss you Michael.
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