I have a confession to make. I've had a 40-year crush on Michael Jackson.
Well, the physical attraction hasn't been there for some time. But, to paraphrase Renée Zellweger, he had me at "ABC" & "I Want You Back."
I'm old enough to remember Dick Clark when that iconic...& now pretty sad...schlockmeister hosted Michael & his 4 brothers on "American Bandstand." I'm ancient enough to have brief subconscious glimmers of The Jackson 5's grainy & somewhat screechy appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
I'd give both performances a "98," Dick. Peppy lyrics & still awesome to dance to.
As a mature gal now, I'd like to think I bask in the security of middle age. But every time I hear something from Michael Jackson's pre-"Thriller" catalogue, my heart is his, once again.
Yes, before the drugs & Lisa Marie Presley & Neverland Ranch & the urge to resemble Diana Ross, Michael Jackson was, in his own right, adorable.
We over in Scribe Land have been rendered speechless by the death of the self-proclaimed King of Pop, which as y'all know, is quite a rarity over here. Michael Jackson is part of my history. His various incarnations, at least in the early years, defined & shaped my life.
A few fun Jackson 5 facts. There are 9 Jackson siblings. Michael was the 7th. Only 5 of the boys comprised the original Motown group. Their father abused the kids, especially Michael, who became the family cash cow at the age of 8 or 9. This doesn't excuse MJ's later transgressions, but no wonder he had a few screws loose.
Don't know the exact vintage of this video, but Mike & his bros performed more than once on Dick Clark's "Bandstand."
RIP to the little boy who taught me my ABC's. So many will be talking today about the weirdness of your sunset years, but I'll always remember your artfully fun & definitely forceful personality. Oh, and that amazing 'Fro, Bro.
Candid Carrie & her Friday Foto Finish Fiesta are screening this video for y'all today. Moonwalk, anyone?