The guy’s been a comedic punching bag for decades, but quite simply,
he was the greatest pop star of all time. The media is sure to be
saturated with tributes, gossip, virtual vigils and gallows humor. I’m
going to remember MJ as I’ve always tried to in the face of his bizarre
tabloid life—as a stunning, unparalleled soul prodigy.
Listen to “Big Boy” above. Jackson recorded that, his first single,
at age 9. I just reached out to Gordon Keith, owner of Steeltown
Records, who produced that first MJ recording in 1968. Keith had this
to say from his Gary, Indiana, home.
Mr. Keith: “I’m shocked…I’ve been praying for Michael for a long time. Boy…this is…terrible. This is blowing my mind.”