Motown founder Berry Gordy reflects about the young Michael Jackson saying “we all knew he was special.” Gordy said Jackson sang a Smoky Robinson “Who’s Loving You” better than Robinson himself to which Robinson agreed. “That was Motown,” Gordy said, adding that love always won out. Gordy also said Michael Jackson will remain one of "the greatest entertainers that ever lived." The word we should remember is "entertainer."
Yes, Jackson could sing. His songs struck a chord. But entertain - his moves, the videos — is what fans can picture still. What musician today can put on a show like Jackson, and leave us still talking about it?
I regret, thaat I can help nothing. I hope, you will find the correct decision. Do not despair.
When I heard of Michael's death, I sent my son a text to let him know. His reply was: " I know. I remember the concert. Thanks Mom." He was 5 at the time he attended the "Victory" concert in Jacksonville, FL. Such was the magic of Michael Jackson, that he could be so amazing that the memories would stick in the mind of a child so young.
Michael was a pure genius a legend.what more can you say about him his live performances was unbeleivable i had the pleasure of seeing him perform a couple of times especially in my home town of liverpool england. was looking forward to see him in london was going to take my eleven year old son who loves him as well as he has been bought up on him.Maybe he will get the peace he deserves. it iwas a sad occasion to hear michael had passed away the music world and all his fans will be gratefull for all the pleasure he has brought us he was a kind caring gentle person. he has gave me many years of fantastic music. My thoughts and prayers go out to his three children.Also to his parents and the rest of all his family. May Jehovah bless you and look after always. my heart is broken you were taken away so soon a true fan xxx
Michael u will be missed and remembered endlessly. May u have eternal peace in the best gardens of heaven. Btw, i am starting with the man in the mirror to make the world a better place. This is my way of paying tribute to u.
Michael may God Bless you and your family rest in peace. It is my understanding that Michael's family held private services Monday, evening and Tuesday morning. The casket that was at the Staples Center did not have Michael's body in side. Michael was buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery after the family departed this morning. This was do to Michael's religion a private viewing by the family. There was a new grave site dug yesterday evening at the Cemetery. Think about it after the memorial today the family went to a pre determined location for only family and friends. Where did the hurst go with gold coffin? Why was Jermaine and Michael's father observed several times departing their home? And the Forest Lawn employees had been told not to say anything. All of this was done so that at last Michael and his family could have some peace from all of the Media, fans etc.
God Bless the Jackson family.
Michael Jackson Memorial:
Yes, I admit, I watched the Michael Jackson memorial. I didn’t expect to be as emotional as I was. I did not “love” or follow Michael Jackson’s career. I thought he was a great entertainer – magical on the stage. What struck me the most was his transformation when he performed on stage – he became “the consummate entertainer” – someone different from the “media Michael Jackson.” He was absolutely magnetic and through this magnetism, he crossed racial barriers. Michael Jackson, the performer, belonged to the world. Michael Jackson, the person, belonged to his children, family, friends, and colleagues.
I was emotional because the public only knew his controversial years and the manner in which the media portrayed him. One might say or would say that Michael Jackson brought it on himself by his actions and strange behavior.” Perhaps, he did. After hearing the wonderful stories from his friends and family, I learned that there was a different side to Michael Jackson – the personal side – not the personality, as Michael Jackson himself stated, but the person. This is a side of entertainers that we never get to see or share. Perhaps, it’s our fault as much as the media because we “buy” into the tabloid captions and storylines.
I learned that Michael Jackson was a genuine friend and colleague. I learned that he had a wonderful sense of humor. I learned that he would call a friend out of the blue to wish him/her “happy birthday.” I learned that he was the most generous entertainer in the world making the “Guinness World Book of Records” as the most charitable star. I learned that he loved his family and his children with all of his heart and soul. I learned that he was not a “freak” as so many in the media labeled him, but a person who happened to be the greatest entertainer who ever lived.
I was emotional because Michael Jackson is not here to hear how much his fans, friends, and family truly loved him. I was emotional because he is not here to hear that he gave the greatest gift to the world – he gave himself.
I was emotional because we should not sit in judgment of others based on what we hear and read. We never really know standing from the outside what is going on inside some else’s home, heart, or soul.
Finally, I was emotional because we should bring civility back. We must stop hateful comments and have discourse based on respect and dignity for each other. I am disheartened by the hateful comments on websites posted by people who don’t know each other and don’t know or want to know or learn the truth. Did any of us really know the truth about Michael Jackson? Yet, we judged and judged and judged. We should have been civil towards Michael Jackson, and we should be civil to each other. If there is a lesson in Michael Jackson’s memorial, it’s that we must bring civility back. We must honor people while they’re alive.
Michael Jackson is the best could be, the people killed Micheal with Depressions and vicious lies i hope that they never sleep good and their conscience bother them all their life God children will not go down in vain trust me the Bible said so and i believe this word is true They lie that he use plastic surgery to become white and he molested young children force him out of is mansion Neverland that he made from love, All these words are lies the colour that Michael have is way beyond white this kind of white cannot do by plastic surgery he didnt molested any children the parents as train their children to lie on Michael that gives them pure real love, Next thing the so call wife dosnt deserve the children at all she want the children for the money Micheal leave behind, Where was her all these years who know what she as in mind who to tell if the children is safe with a 12 to 13 years stranger, Michael wrote is will clearly she is excluded in all counts She should get nothing Micheal choose is Mother for a reason and if she is not able any one of the Jackson family will take good care of the children this going to destroy the children life they was perfect without her and they will be much perfect if she would stay as far as possible from the children, The Jackson Funds from the will is so easy the answer is very clear you people or educated what so hard to understand what Michael means It so Simple His Father and is so call Wife must get nothing from is Will they should not get anything that is under Michael Jackson name, The funds should be share to any one the Jackson family choose to be in that Will Diana Ross is clearly in from Michael, That cannot change When Michael said the Jackson families funds its not Michael he was talking about, A will is something that is made to activate after your death so it is clearly that this will should be decided by the Jackson family who did not die before him and of course is children should get the biggest out of is will This is so Simple,Very clearly and understandable There is no body else included No one else its so Clear
Micheal Jackson I Hope That God Put You To Rest in Peace in Heaven
I thought every bit of the memorial was appropriate,I do not think that its too much media coverage, I am glad they are paying tribute to The King of Pop the way they are,I thought every celebrity performed perfectly , I was at a lost for words,I thought the ceremony was very well organized.
I thought it was very classy, I got choked up when Usher broke down and when MJs daughter broke down that just did it for me. I've been a long time fan, I know everybody is entitled to there own opinion, but Michael Jackson was not any of the horrible things people labeled him as, I didn't know him personally, but I felt like I've known him my whole life, his music is what I grew up on, I was really, really looking forward to his comeback tour, and I am very sadened that it will never happen.
I was happy what Rev. Al Sharpton had to say, I thought what he had to say was very well put, Michael Jackson was a great Humanitarian, Entertainer,and Dad, I and my family will miss him tremendously, I just can't believe how people can discredit this man on his funeral, Let the man rest in peace, If you are tired of the media coverage then don't watch the television, anyway Michael Rest In Peace, I and my family will love you forever R.I.P MJ
well it is a sad moment for all of us to deal with... even though i did not know michael personally. the tv shows and his concerts let him be known very well. as we all can see that michael was a very big kid at heart. that is something that me and know one else could ever take from him. with the press... i personally get pissed off everyday to the negativity that the press is putting out. michael is and will never be no different than anybody else... anna nicole was a drug addict but the press was more worried about her daughter and who was her daddy and where the money was going... so to all that is readying this....PLEASE LET MICHAEL REST. TODAY WAS AND IS THE DAY THAT THE PUBLIC HAD A CHANCE TO SEE HIM AT REST... THANK YOU VERY MUCH...
REST IN PEACE
WE LOVE U VERY MUCH
This was a great way to say goodbye to MJ. Everyone he loved was there–his children, family, friends, fans... his music! God bless you Michael and give comfort to your family.
Great memorial service for Michael, the world will miss him.
Michael is now at peace, and in a better place where there is no hatred. As his song says ( It doesn't matter if your black or write. )
Nobody seem to get that yet.
I realized something today... it made me extremely sad. A few weeks ago my grampa died and I put on one of my Michael Jackson cds and was listening to one of my favorite songs " you are not alone" and it lift up my spirit and I didn't feel soo alone anymore. Michael Jackson was there for me and for many others in there hard days but not many of us were there for him. He is an example of the fact that money and fame does not fufill people... his soul was still at search.He remind me of Nat King Cole and Nat King Cole song... "Pretend you're happy when you're blue" and Michael Jackson favorite song "smile"... he used to smile even when his heart was breaken.Most of us never really worried about his well being or anything, wehn we were not worrying about him showing us his amazing moves, we were judging him. We, as his spectator made him feel like an outsiders, we killed him... by making him feel like something was always wrong with him, not giving him a chance, making him feel like he had to prove himself. There will never be another one like you M.J, we should've shown you how important you really were when you were alive... not as a global icon but as one of us.We love you and miss you, my heart goes out to you and your family. In my heart I know that now you are certainly not alone. You will live forever M.J in our hearts and history. In GOD, we never say goodbye, it's more like see you later.
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL CEREMONY ... M.J. WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEART... MAY HE REST IN PEACE NOW IN HEAVEN.. WITH THE ANGELS.....
The memorial was nice and touching and I'm sure his family and peopel who knew him went through lots of trouble to pull of f his memorial in such a short notice and they did a great job for it and thanks to LA police.
But it sure wasn't over the top and it wasn't very special, it didn't fit the KING, just look at MJ's life, songs, video's they were all magnificent, out of ordinary and yet his memorial was just a simple memorial. It didn't represent him, if someone were to walk in that room and didn't know it was MJ's funeral and weren't to see the photos , no one could have ever told that was MJ's funeral. They should have played his own videos and his own songs, wasn't it celebration of his life then he should of been the guest of honor.
Rest in piece Michael, and all the best to Prince, Paris and Blanket, your dad was "The KING".
The only thing that bothered me was that CNN had the dow jones ticker on the screen!! I had to change to MSMBC because of that. Sorry!
July 7th, 2009 6:40 pm ET
I too was a MJ fan & I watched the Memorial this AM on CNN.
Not a big deal to some perhaps……BUT
Jermain Jackson sang the lyrics…….
” Light up your face with SADNESS
Hide every trace of GLADNESS “…….etc. etc.
I thought that’s what I heard but later caught it on the NET
and I heard right the first time. Don’t we ALL know the lyrics?
Also I believe the only white major entertainer or speaker on that stage was Brook Shields……..perhaps John Major too?
No tribute from Liz Taylor?
Is something a tad wrong with this picture??
I recall that many white people helped MJ up the ladder to success.
Otherwise, it was a fitting send-off but MJ would have put more
Caucasians on that stage methinks!!
My family and I are very saddened at the death of Michael Jackson. All of us watched the beautiful memorial today and most of us cried throughout this beautiful ceremony and tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time throughout the world. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Jackson family.
As we watched the memorial, I was thinking of ways that the public could help offset the cost of this memorial service. Perhaps the Jackson family could have T-shirts printed of Michael's best photos with the year of his birth, the "dash" (which represents his time here on earth) and the date of his death. In addition, copies of the memorial booklets could be printed. Both of these items could be put in stores for sale to the public as keepsakes with a portion of the profit going to the cost of his memorial, the debt he left behind, and funding for his childrens' college education and any other costs for the children.
There is a saying for the people that have found fault with Michael, that "people who live in glass houses, should not be throwing the first stone"! Shame on them! According to God's words in the Bible, only he is to be the judge of all of us. Michael gave a tremendous contribution to the world not only in his music but gave so much financially to the needy. Let's all look at the good side of him! If you can't say something good, don't say anything at all.
Again, to the Jackson family, Michael will be truly missed by those who enjoyed his music, contributions to the needy, and his kindness to the world. We will be forever grateful to the gift he gave to all of us! Thanks so much for bringing him into the world for us to enjoy!
I hope they (News Media) can bury finally bury Michael Jackson once and for all. It's almost two weeks of MJ stories, the news has had hours of hours of TV specials on a person who didn't deserve all that attention. I think the news media is afraid of offending Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, just like they are of criticizing President Obama the Messiah. I tell you, our priorities and moral values here in the United States have gone in the toilet when they make a person of Michael Jackson's character larger than life. OK all the news outlets in the USA repeat after me – HE'S DEAD, HE'S DEAD, NOW GET OVER IT!!! Gone on to real reporting of the news..... PLEASE!
The MJ fans can flame me all they want, but the hype surrounding his death is beyond ridiculous. Here is someone who had talent, but was uncomfortable, literally, in his own skin. Here is someone whose interaction with others bordered, if not crossed the line, of being abusive. MJ was a sick, sad, and pathetic person, deserving of pity much more than admiration. Now that he is buried maybe the hype and the hoola will finally end and the world will get back to the reality of carrying on with living.
I find in incredible that such a fuss is made over the death of a pervert. The death of every person is tragic but there are people, better people then Jackson who labor and die every day in anonymity mourned only by their family and friends. The fact that a man like Jackson who paraded his perversion and his other mental illnesses can dominate the news and cause such a circus speaks poorly of our values as a culture. I believe that any value, no matter how great, Jackson had as an entertainer was eclipsed by the reality of his mental illness and his crimes against children.
Yes it was a big production, yes it kind of represented Michael... but...
Michael jackson was the king of over the top, from his style to, his clothes, his house, his lifestyle to his productions and personal relationships, and this memorial, while emotional and grandious was not over the top.
I wonder what i would like for my own wake and what i would like is definately people smiling (as much as they can) and partying with lots and lots of eighties music, cause that is the way i lived.
I can only imagine Michael would have loved the same over the top production in his memorial as he had in life. I'm talking about way more artists, singing more of his songs, in a more festive manner, really celebrating his life, not so much mourning his death.
Not so many reverends and polititians giving "speeches", and way more friends sharing silly memories and fun events in his life, i know there were many more that those told by Barry Gordy, Brooke Shields and both basketball players, wich by the way were the only moments that realy made me cry and laugh.
I hope the music community is preparing something better for Michael cause he deserves so much more of what was given today, in fact his brothers getting the spotlight were the highlight of the mourning.
Something like the concert made for Freddy Mercury is what's needed to be done for M. Jackson, or maybe an even bigger event, and for god sake, PLAY HIS SONGS WITH HIS ARRANGEMENTS. That is his legacy and a celebration of his life.
And please re-stash the family from wherever they came out.
Rest in peace Michael.
I remember when the Jackson 5 started and how great the music was. One of my favorite songs that Micheal did was "Will you be there" I heard it on one of my favorite movies "Free Willy" I watched the memorial and felt asif i was there. He was well loved by fans and his family, His childern to.. His daughter showed that . I can remeber when he made the song We are the world . That was such a great song and a healing song for the world. I saw people together remembering a fantastic singer . I did not see color. Everyone there was equal the way GOD planned this world to be. I pray for the family.That peace will come to them. I pray that MRs. Jackson keeps her grandkids. They will need her and she will need them. GOD be with the family now and durning the next days and months.
how does a freak become an idol once he dies?
I watched the memorial on BET and CNN-It was beautiful. I never blog, text or anything else, but Michael Jackson was the best!!! I remember watching the Jackson 5 cartoon (with the mouse and snake) as a little kid in Brooklyn-we would do the dances and everything. I remember Thriller-as a teen we would mimick the dance. He was incredible. Now, as an adult, I enjoyed Smooth Criminal, Remember the Time and all the rest....and then in that movie with Jen Garner-they did the Thriller dance again and brought it all back. Impressive-To paraphrase Berry Gordy-He is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived!!!! My love to the entire Jackson family and his children- thank you for sharing him with us-bg
I think that those of us who grew up with Michael and his music feel as though we've lost a part of ourselves. Our parents generation had Elvis, we had Michael and the 'now' generation doesn't really have an entertainer who can come anywhere close to Elvis and Michael.
I was afraid the service would be a platform for those with their own agenda and was glad to see that only one used it in that way. It was very spiritual and respectful for the most part and little Paris broke my heart.
Most saw Michael as a musical genius. Some saw him as a freak. Paris saw him as Daddy...and she loved him with all her heart.
Prayers for all the children. They still have a lot to get through.
Words cant describe how I feel I'm still getting over it. Especially the end with Paris its gonna take me literally a couple of days to get over it. I cant imagine how his children must feel. I cant imagine any child losing there father but someone as big as Micheal Jackson. I just hope that GOD will bless them truly and that he will put people in there lives that will always look after them and not take advantage of them because of the fame & money. Also I grow up with Micheal Jackson I was four when I first saw Thriller. I learned all the dances from the video I remember when the bad video premiered I watched the 25th Anniversary of Motown and the next day in school that was the talk of the whole school all my classmates were trying to do the moonwalk. We are the World was my Elementary School graduation song so for me Micheal Jackson was a huge huge presence in my life growing up I was watching the Pepsi commercial when he got burned we all thought he had died we were so upset. But to know that he a man who has had such a huge influence in my life personally and musically is gone is alot to really take. I'm extremely saddened by his death and it truly will take a long time to get over this lose. He will always be remembered in my thoughts, my heart and just being able to turn on my Ipod and listen to him in my ears is an awesome awesome thing and I know everyone else around the world feels the same. My continual prayers go out to the Jackson Family and his children that the Lord GOD of heaven and earth master and creator of are beginnings and endings will be with them forever is truly my hope..
LOVE YOU MJ THANKS FOR THE MUSIC AND THE HEART THAT GOD GAVE YOU TO LOOK AT ALL OF US AS ONE AND UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE ALL HUMANS AND WE NEED TO TREAT EACH OTHER AS SUCH!!!!!
I believe I truly understand how the rest of my generation feels when I say we have lost our Elvis. I was conflicted when it came to watching the memorial today only due to all the media attention that has been given to the whole misfortune. I read and listened to everyone's farewell and prayers to the Jackson family and sat in awe of the worship that most of the fans showed for him. I believe we have lost a great performer/humanitarian/human being but he should not be worshiped like a God and he and his family should be shown privacy and respect like an other person would be given at the tragic time.
I stayed up all night in Australia to watch the coverage as I wanted to be part of the moment. I thank the family for allowing us to share their very private moment with us. Michael... Son, Brother, Father, Uncle and Friend would've been so proud of the way his family and friends held it together for him and the beautiful service. As Michael lay before them it really hit home... he was gone. I was moved to tears when Usher sang and walked down the stairs and touched the casket. Thank you for the coverage. So glad "We Had Him". May Michael Rest In Peace .
Again, I wonder about the world's priorities. Nuns who tend to the sick and destitute, those who provide medical care in remote and dangerous parts of the world, those who get up every day working to make this world a better place can die without recognition. One self-centered, deeply psychologically troubled celebrity dies and the world falls prostrate. It's extremely vaccuous and depressing.
I thought the memorial service was in very good taste. I was glad to see Michael Jackson's works remembered. I was moved several times but when his daughter spoke, my heart went out to her and his other children. They lost their father. My sincere prayers and thoughts go out to them and the rest of the family.
"Gone Too Soon"
It is surreal; but I am not sure if it requires all this media attention. I mean L.A. is asking for help to pay for it ...so why did they spend for it.
I just think that it is a bit much.
Michael Jackson to us is one of the world's musicians truly. Being from Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina we truly feel connected to Michael. His music is beautiful and moving. Unfortunately this world consumed him. The songs We are the World and Heal the World is still today relevant , as we fight for a more just and peaceful world. May god bless him and keep his children safe and loved.
Our prayers are with your family.
We Love, Ljubav (Bosnian) Liebe (German) you Michael
CNN did an outstanding job on Michael's Memorial Service! They all did a wonderful & heartfelt job putting it together and I know Michael was looking down on all the people whose lives he touched with his talent and with his love for mankind. I know he is experiencing the total and full love of God he so desperately needed and sought while he was here on this earth! I hope he knows his life..and the character of person he was truly impacted people around the world which urged us on to be "of an excellent spirit" in loving, caring and doing for others. My heart and prayers are with his family who loved him so much...may the love and comfort of the Holy Spirit be with them...giving them wisdom and strength for the challenges ahead.
As i sat and watched the world say good-bye to Michalel Jackson, I caught my self crying. My daughter thought I was silly. All I could do, was look at her and just say"You just don't understand". Until she saw Usher cry. Then se realized the impact of this man.
I think people often get lost to deep in the rumors and don't realize that celebraties have REAL lives too. I have pulled out all my records and jammed like I did in the 80's. For a moment I felt like a kid again. Michael knew what he was doing.
I am not great with words but it was very REAL today. To see the Jackson Family shown as a FAMILY not just celebraties. It should remind everyone how precious life is and that no matter who you are, everyone has real pain and suffering. No one is untouchable from that. .There is not one person who has not been touched by this man in one way or another. If you were not, then I feel bad for you.
This was an exceptional memorial and I personally thank Michales 'family for allowing his fans to have this opportunity to say good bye as well. He will be loved and mised and will live on in forever.
Everone has a favortie son, Mine is " You Are Not Alone" I bawled when it came on.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
I really cried today!!! I've been waiting for this day! I just wish I was there in LA today or better yet , saw the King in concert before he left us! But Michael is not alone, the world is loving him yesterday , today and tomorrow!! Michael, you've touched my heart and the many around the world like no one has done it before!! You were a wonderful artist, entertainer, father and most importantly HUMAN!!! i lovee you till forever and your music will forever live. This is not a good-bye, but a see you later! May your soul truely Rest In Peace!!!
This has been so touching. I am lost for words. Even though I am not related to MJ I feel as if a part of me is also gone. I have listened to his music for almost 45 years.
I am at a lost and shocked but was appreciate that CNN had given the opportunity for his fans and everyone who were able to view this event a chance to embrace his legacy.
In sincere appreciation.
The celebration of Micheal Jackson was AWESOME and the best part was it was genuine and they (The Jackson Family) shared it with ALL of us. Everything was done in decent and order and JESUS CHRIST was GLORIFIED.
I was not fortunate enough to meet Michael Jackson, however I have always enjoyed his music and his talent. Michael Jackson touched my family because he spent the day with my cousin before she passed away. In respect to Michael for what he did for our family, I drew a tribute portrait in honor of his caring for others. It can be seen at ireport.com and is titled "If you only knew" because only Michael truley knew how it felt to be Michael Jackson! Michael Jackson was rare! He will be missed!
Give me a break.
I must have watched' The Jackson Movie" over and over, can't count, so many times. Listen to Berry Gordy speak I understand the relationship they had., I understand what it was all about.
I still can't bare that Michael is gone., It'll be one of those things in 20 yrs when someone asks, "Do you remember where you were when you heard that Michael Jackson died?"
I loved Michael, and always will.. Let him sing and dance in the heavens above... God bless to his entire family.
The biggest gift from America to the world was Michael jackson
Would somebody PLEASE bury this guy. This should have been over a week ago. Not that a serial killer in South Carolina, or North Korea launching missles, or Iran, etc. are important but...... Geeeez. And you people call yourselves a "news organization"? More like Entertainment Tonight to me.
ITS SO OBVIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN BE MJ, BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE CHRIS BROWN WOULD PERFORM AND LEAVE US TALKING ABOUT IT.
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