Gem of the Week: Remembering Michael Jackson and His ’83 Moonwalk Debut

18 Jun

Five years old and rockin’ out my Billie Jean t-shirt

Next week marks the fifth anniversary of the untimely passing of Michael Jackson. This weeks gem goes to remembering his debut of the moonwalk in 1983.

Jackson made history with that iconic dance move during the NBC TV Special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.

There is so much to say about his talent that I’m not sure where I would start or finish. I feel that no artist has since come through that can compare to his talents in dancing, singing, entertaining and album sales!

I thought it was interesting and weird that the 2014 Billboard Music Awards featured a hologram live performance of Jackson. Then there was the recent viral clip of a California high school student who did a flawless re-creation of the Billie Jean dance for a talent rally. It’s amazing to me how Jackson’s talents never get old to watch.

I have always loved his music and I also use to try to do the dance moves to Thriller and Billie Jean. The Thriller video and choreography were my favorite as a kid. I really liked the spooky narration done by Vincent Price. (Price was an actor famous for his horror film career and his distinctive voice)

My favorite albums are Thriller, (1982) Bad (1987) and Dangerous (1991) because I recall listening to those the most while growing up.

To focus on a few favorites, Billie Jean from Thriller of course will never get old in my book!  My favorite from Bad is Dirty Diana, it’s so passionate and I love the way he sings it. I loved Will You Be There which was off Dangerous and on the Free Willy movie soundtrack. It was one of my favorite songs as a kid.

Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009 and I unfortunately heard the news over the radio because there had been a power outage in my neighborhood.

It really sucks to have lost a great talent so early but there is no doubt that his dance moves and music will continue to inspire artists. He truly is the one and only King Of Pop.

Below is the iconic moonwalk clip from ClipMan2008’s You Tube channel.

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