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Memories of Michael Jackson, Who Has Died at 50

Buzz In: What Are Your Favorite Michael Jackson Memories?

As soon as I heard the sad news that Michael Jackson had passed away, his entire career started flashing through my mind. The music, the dancing — he's contributed so much to popular culture that trying to wrap my mind around it feels daunting. For many people of my generation, Michael Jackson was one of the first untouchable musical legends we knew. It seems like he's always been in my life one way or another.

I happened to see him in concert as a little kid. My mom took me, and the experience was mind-blowing. There was something so insanely charismatic about him — I never took my eyes off the stage. It was one of the most special evenings of my life at that point, and it's still a treasured memory. I keep thinking about that concert today, and I've also been singing "The Way You Make Me Feel," one of my favorite songs of his, which captured my imagination at a young age.

That's what's on my mind in the wake of his sudden death. I'd love it if you shared what's on yours. Rest in peace, Michael.

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anastasiadiva anastasiadiva 7 years
i think that he is a real legend and that people will never forget him.....he was my insparation and he will be forever....love u MJ love u always....
nutrihuney nutrihuney 7 years
seeing him do the moonwalk on the Motown 25th anniversary special. WOW! That was amazing - everyone was talking about it at school the next day.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
I remember the first time I saw the Thriller video. It was not right when it came out b/c I would have been too young, but I was like 7 or 8 and danced to it the rest of the day. Billie Jean is still one of my favorite songs.
rivrchild rivrchild 7 years
actually, for some odd reason I keep thinking of that episode of the Simpsons where Michael guested and sang (or I think it was actually someone else that sang) Happy Birthday, Lisa. I don't know why, but that episode always made me cry. And for some reason that's what I keep thinking about right now.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 7 years
Symphonee i remember! I saw Captain Eo in 3D at Disneyland when i was little! i was of course amazed ....still in shock about the whole thing :(
nygurl nygurl 7 years
will always be 'rock with you' .... timeless.
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
I remember when MTV use to actually play videos and alot of them were Michael's videos. I remember always closing my eyes when they would get to the end of the Thriller video and his eyes got all scary looking. And later remember the song he did on the Free Willy soundtrack and watching it in school and everyone singing the song.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Captian Eo. No one remembers that movie but me and my sister but Angelica Houston and the Jim Henson muppet's were in it and he was a space traveler. I love the songs and it was just soo cool. Every Halloween my family used to break out in the Thriller dance before we went trick or treating. RIP Michael
superstar2780 superstar2780 7 years
I remember being scared sh*tless when the thriller video came out! and, dancing to his songs in my dance classes growing up. dangerous was my first album, I bought it on CD with my christmas money when I was about 10 years old, and I wore it OUT. still one of my absolute favorite albums ever.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
When I first heard, I was in absolute shock. My bf texted me saying he had a heart attack and about 20mins later i received EXACTLY 82 more texts from people... everyone knew i was a fan. I was actaully at the recording studio i work at when i found out, with a guy that worked with Mj @ Sony and we were recording an inspirational album... all felt strange to me... I'll never forget being a freshman and watching that horrible 2003 interview and hating Martin, the interviewer... "Dangerous" is my favorite album ever... so sad.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
All his songs, they're all fantastic :(
pinkkiwii84 pinkkiwii84 7 years
I barely remember seeing him in concert as a little kid but I had his posters everywhere and my mom even had a red leather jacket with black trim. Recently I taught my friend the dance from "Beat It" and we would do it at work. His music was and will be such a big part of my life.
Juicylemon Juicylemon 7 years
I couldn't watch the music video Thriller when I was a little kid. The first time I saw it I was so impressed and scared that after that, everytime the video was on I ran off from the living room until it was over. Me and my family still laugh about this.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years
My dad brought me to see him in concert when I was nine years old and to this day it is still the best concert I have been to!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 7 years
I'm a bit for most of Michael Jackson's career, but I do remember discovering "Black Or White" and playing it at full volume on my iPod. Which is what I am doing now.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 7 years
On my 21st birthday when the clock struck midnight the DJ at the restaurant I was working at pulled me aside and proceeded to serenade me with "The Way You Make Me Feel" in front of the whole restaurant. It's a very fond memory and the song has remained one of my favs.
barefeetchica barefeetchica 7 years
Beat It
tiabia tiabia 7 years
I remember Michael Jackson doing a concert here in DC and he and his motorcade passed by our house...it was nothing short of amazing!!!
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 7 years
Black or White, hands down. I was quite the tot when I first heard it, but it stuck.
ladybug14 ladybug14 7 years
My parents had the Thriller 45 on top of our piano in the basement at our house. I was so scared to go down there when I was little cause I thought Michael was a real zombie that would come to life to scare little girls like me. He was such an innovative artist. Wish more were like him nowadays!
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