No matter what you may think of his personal troubles or legal travails, Michael Jackson was, indubitably, one of the brightest supernovas in a dazzling pop galaxy — regarded as a musical prodigy with the Jackson 5 when he was just a child, a burgeoning solo star by the ’70s, and a bona fide international phenomenon with the advent of 1982’s Thriller, 1987’s Bad, 1991’s Dangerous, and beyond.
It’s nearly impossible to capture the scope of his legacy, but we would love to hear from you, Mix readers, and learn what his music meant to you.
Did you first get to know him as the little boy with the impossibly clear, high voice singing “I Want You Back” with his brothers in the Jackson 5? Lighting up those glowing sidewalk squares in the video for “Billie Jean”? Moonwalking across the stage at 1983’s now-legendary Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever broadcast? What about the then-groundbreaking film-morph technology in the ’91 “Black or White” video?
Share your memories of the King of Pop below, and help say goodbye to one of the most controversial, gifted, boundary-pushing performers the world has ever seen.
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