For those of you, who like me, grew up with both of these larger-than-life personalities dominating either fantasies or the tv screen (that would be Farah in the fantasies and Michael on the tv screen, you sickos!), this is sad news.
Farah Fawcett was a super sexy angel on the original Charlie's Angels. Her tight short shorts....I mean her sunny smile and golden hair made many a lad happy. Many women wanted to be just like her...an angel!
Michael Jackson was super wierd! But, he was one of the most talented singers ever. After starting out as the youngest of the Jackson 5 (A B C, 1 2 3), he went on to become a superstar on his own terms. Great hits like Billie Jean, Ben, Bad, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin Something, Dirty Diana, and the We Are The World collaboration, amongst many, many other chart-toppers, showed that Michael was a league above the rest. Then came the biggest piece of Michael Jackson's career. A full-length movie-like video that has since reinvented music videos....Thriller! This was Michael's masterpiece. Rather than taking ideas from choreographers, Michael set his mind to making this type of video reality, and did it! MTV became a success, in large part, because of this video. It spawned the imagination of millions. Over the years, he continued to put out hits, such as Smooth Criminal, Man In The Mirror (should have taken his own advice on that one), Remember the Time, You Are Not Alone, and many more.
Michael was also a clothing trend-setter. The white glove, the red jacket, the anti-lean gravity boots (Jackson filed a patent on those, #5255452).
Did you know:
Martin Scorsese directed the 18 minute music video of Bad - where Michael Jackson first start doing his classic pelvic thrust and leg swing.
Wesley Snipes was in that same video (Bad).
Remember the Time video featured Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman, and Magic Johnson.
Black or White video featured Macaulay Culkin.
I am sure this will bring back memories for many folks who lived through all this in the 70s and 80s....what different times those were. Don Henley put it best when he said it was the "End of the Innocence".