Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, 1958 - 2009

It's hard not to have your heart break a little for Michael Jackson. Remember the utter joy he displayed in his early performances? As if singing and dancing were the most happy-making thing in the world.

Here's just one more thing to add to his legend. You know who told him to wear the light-colored socks? To draw attention to his feet?

Fred Astaire.


Patty said...

I was touched by your tribute to Michael Jackson.
I didn't know about the Fred Astaire sock connection. But why not? they were both such incredibly gifted talents. Watching both of them move, and hearing both of them sing, ah, pure joy!
Patty Lakin

Yat-Yee said...

Yes, the joy in his early years...

Josephine Cameron said...

I heard last night (yes, on So You Think You Can Dance...a guilty pleasure) that after Michael Jackson performed the moonwalk on television the first time, Fred Astaire called him up to tell him how fabulous it was.

I can't really wrap my mind around a world without Michael Jackson. Regardless of all the tabloid drama, he changed pop culture, dance, and music on a global level. He *was* pop culture.

Brenda Bowen said...

I understand that it was during that phone call that Astaire suggested he wear white socks. Maybe it's apocryphal but I like to think it's true.