SINGAPORE 60's: ANDY's POP MUSIC INFLUENCE IS MY PERSONAL MUSIC AND MEMORY TRAIL. PICTURES TELL STORIES BUT I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO YOU TUBE VIDEOS, AUDIO TRACKS OR IMAGES. THEY HAVE BEEN UPLOADED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES SO INFORM ME IF COPYRIGHTED AND THEY WILL BE DELETED. ANDY LIM (NOVEMBER, 2008).

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson King Of Pop Music Gone At 50

There are approximately 68 million Google search for Michael Jackson when he died 50 years young in Los Angeles, California today. Next to Elvis Presley and John Lennon, he was one of the most celebrated and talented singers, selling about 750 million albums worldwide.
He started singing as a child of 5 and in 1964, joined his brothers to form the Jackson Five and later Jackson Brothers but when Michael went solo, he became an international sensation.
He won 13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100. One album Thriller (image), sold about 50 million copies.
He was a pop icon for four decades, married twice - once to Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie -and his private life, deemed by many as weird, was shared by all. He left behind 3 children.
Michael Jackson performed 3 concerts at the National Stadium in Singapore, on August 29 and 31, 1993 and another on October 25, 1996 during the HIStory Concert. The stadium packed an average of 40,000 fans (approx: 90,000 and 30,000) from all over South East Asia and beyond.
"Heal the world/Make it a better place/For you and for me/And the entire human race/There are people dying/If you care enough for the living/Make a better place for you and for me..."
Statistics on Michael Jackson: Wikipedia, The Straits Times, Singapore and minor sources.
The innumerable websites on this super star is unbelievable.
Image/MJ Thriller album cover/original article: from Andy Lim Collection.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep his vinyls as they will be collectibles soon. Paul McCartney calls him, boy-man with a gentle soul.

Anonymous said...

A tragic end to a much-loved pop icon.Seen prisoners perform to MJ hit Thriller? YouTube Cebu-Thriller (Jimmy Tong)

Andy Young* said...

Thank you Jimmy Tong. MJ has encouraged much creativity with his video hits and inspired others to formulate new ones.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right. MJ was and will remain an inspiration to many. RIP MJ. (CHRISTINA LIM, ANG MO KIO)

Andy Young* said...

Thank you Christina. Lots of MJ fans all over Singapore. And I'm sure, as Anonymous suggested, keeping his records would be worthwhile.
And according to the STRAITS TIMES, Singapore (28.06.09), MJ won 197 major awards in his career and they include: 19 Grammy Awards, 40 Billboard Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 13 Guinness World Records, 13 MTV Awards, 12 Music Awards and 7 Brit Awards.
Quite a haul for a young boy who started with 60s music.