Can’t stop thinking about Michael Jackson today, like everybody else. Not much I can add, except for this.
The second record album I ever owned was the Jackson Five’s ABC (the first was Alvin and the Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits).
ABC contains a bunch of iconic hits, but the track that floors me every time is “(Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need.” The reason, of course, is Michael.
Here’s something I like to do: First, listen to the grown-up Smokey Robinson’s version of this song from 1966; you can listen to it here:
Then listen to Michael perform the same song at age 11 or 12 in 1970:
Yes, this small boy possessed the talent of Smokey Robinson, or maybe more talent (I’m no expert). He was Michael Jackson.
Just my two cents.