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Morning all...

Chris Evans | 06:13 UK time, Friday, 26 June 2009

...Hope you are well...

I woke up like the rest of the world to the news that Jacko is no longer part of the plan. What a shocker.

Met him when I was working on The Brits one year - the Jarvis Cocker mooning year. Some of the artists have to work through the night because the rehearsals take so long and this year he was one of them.

It was 2am at Earls Court on the main stage - a closed set so very few people were allowed access. I was (just about) and what I saw was not some goofball with a hanky tied around his mouth, but a guy in jeans and a green t-shirt totally at ease with himself and all those around him, busy putting the kids through their paces of a complicated dance routine. He led by example and made them gasp open mouthed with the way he moved whenever he showed them how to do something, laughing and joking with them to get his point across like all the best teachers.

Was this the same guy who had arrived moments earlier amidst all the usual madness ? Not for a second. There was definitely a game being played here, and he was the one in the driving seat.

The next night when Bob Geldof came on to introduce him as he had requested, Bob had been told specifically he had to use the term King of Pop otherwise there would be a no show - back to the madness.

When Jacko came on to accept his "special award" he did his usual squeaky - I'm so shy I don't know what to do act - presumably because he thought this is what we wanted. If only he felt the world could have seen him as he was the evening before... a real cool dude getting on with his own genius..

When it comes to his private life what he did and didn't do that was wrong I have no idea - none of us ever will - but death is sad in the majority of cases and for someone who brought an extraordinary amount of joy to peoples' lives, I can't help feeling he deserves all the homages and tributes which no doubt will be played on radio and television stations across the world for the next week or so.

And at least with the great expectation of what was about to happen in East London in the next couple of months via his comeback/farewell shows (who knows what his plans were?), he didn't fade away without reminding us to have some regard for his art. The tickets for those shows were the fastest selling tickets in history, and I can't tell you the number of people that have since asked me if there is there any way I could get them in.

His untimely passing has left us all guessing once again as to what might have been - and once again only he will have known the truth - but by all accounts from what I have heard of how the rehearsals were going, he was coming back with the biggest of bangs.

Fifty is no age to leave this mortal coil nowadays but that means it is also no age to be remembered as having ever been old - just maybe older. At least he will now never have to endure the mantle of being The Granddaddy of Pop - something I am sure he would have hated.

See you Monday people.




The second hour of today's All Request Friday is going to be filled with Michael Jackson songs. So, please post your favourites below for us to play.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Christoff and yes indeedy to all of the above. A lovely tribute.

    And proof, if proof were needed, given his wish to never grow old.

    Be careful what you wish for.


  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning. I have just read about MJ on the news - very shocking and sad.

    I agree that I think he would have hated the label 'Grandaddy of Pop'. I will remember him for the fantastic entertainment that he gave us.

    There will be much said about him, good and bad, either way, the man was a genius.

    Beany x

  • Comment number 3.

    And please, Good Fairy, can I make a wish.

    That the newspapers can focus upon the huge legacy of pleasure this man brought to us, fan or otherwise. There's plenty to focus on.

    Instead of the salacious rubbish-true or otherwise-that we don't need regurgitationg right into our faces over the next few weeks and months. It will serve no purpose. Unless anyone can enlighten me?


  • Comment number 4.

    Perfectly put CLP and I truly hope you get your wish Clodagh.

    Sadly my faith is not strong when it comes to the world media doing the right thing.

    Tiger x

  • Comment number 5.

    ARF has to begin with something by Michael Jackson - Beat it, Black or White or Blame it on the Boogie?

    A sad loss of a disturbed but talented man.

  • Comment number 6.


    Stunned. Silenced. Completely and utterly.

    Like you say, 50 is no age. And yes Clodagh, let's hope the media salute his genius and not his controversies.

    I was one of the lucky ones who had tickets for the 02 shows, sadly tho, it ain't gonna happen.

    Jacko, Rest In Peace and let's hope you can teach Lennon, Elvis, Morrison, Hendrix et al the art of Moonwalking.

    Laters peeps.

    x x x x

  • Comment number 7.

    morning all, hope you're well?

    Had a great night with my mate over from the US, reminisced loads, laughed more. Didn't realise just how much I've missed him actually.
    Busy day ahead today, work this morning then straight to a wedding if I get away in time!
    My tv thingy will be a news item, might even go national...

    ...however methinks the news of MJ's death overnight will take all the coverage today.

    Not sure what to post really. V sad for the family.
    I still play the Off The Wall cd regularly, loved Thriller, then it all went a bit weird to say the least.
    Heard the news as I was coming back for the pub last night and was shocked.
    All a bit surreal, fully agree with Bingo's post. Not enjoying the news coverage which appears to be a 2 minute loop of repeated stuff and distraught 'fans'.

    Fully agree Chris that it was probably all a show, and with Clo' with her post too.

    bonnet de douche


    ARF - love the idea of the theme from Charlies Angels - RIP Farrah
    *ahem* she was deff a fave of this spotty teenager x

  • Comment number 8.


    Short one from me - 50 is no age to die - My parents turn 50 this year - thats a wake up call to me as I took it for granted I would have them for many years and then MJ dies from a heart attack! Its a worry and no mistake


  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all

    Just want to reiterate what most people have said.

    R.I.P. Jacko.

    Pen xx

    My daughter also had tickets for the 02 - she will be gutted!

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning peeps
    Agree with most of what's already been said.
    Particularly enjoyed his Jackson 5 stuff - all so cheery but as with most people I own vinyl of Off The Wall anf Thriller.

    All his so called friends will now creep out of the woodwork - saw Uri Geller pontificating on tv this morning!

    Let's just remember the music - not the other stuff.

    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning all

    Wise words CLP as always.

    I agree and pray that all we hear about is the music


  • Comment number 12.


    Nice to hear about that side of him Chris, and I agree that he was a massive talent who made a lot of difference (for the good) to a lot of peoples lives.
    I used to have a t-shirt as a teenager with a picture of him lighting up the floor tiles in the Billy Jean (I think) video, which was my pride and joy.
    Can't agree about the media, as they will go on exploring every avenue of his life way after our appetite has been sated.

    My thoughts are with his children really and the hope that they find some sort of reality to get through this.

    There can't be any doubt though that his most powerful legacy will be his music, which we will be listening to long after I'm gone.....as it should be!



  • Comment number 13.

    ARF - The Earth Song.

    I'll be 50 in August, not ready to follow MJ yet!

    MV x

  • Comment number 14.

    thepastymuncher wrote:

    Jacko was simply fantastic! A great loss.

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning all

    Lovely words CLP, it's nice to know that about him.

    And yes, it's far to young to go.

    JG x

    PS Rips, of course I'm talking to you!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all

    CLP as always you seem to know just what to say.

    Whatever happened in private, and let's be honest, we will never know.....there hasn't been anyone near as brilliantly talented as him.

    For that reason if no other, I too believe all tributes to him are deserved.

    Have a good day people.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning All,

    Now I've stopped wandering round with a bemused look on my face.......very odd feeling as I was never a big Jacko fan but do have memories of dancing round my room to the BAD album with my best friend (also no longer with us) so his songs always brought a smile to my face........

    Well said Chris, you were obviously very lucky to see that side of him, if only he could have shared it with more people.

    My thoughts are with his kids and I hope they can ignore the media hype and remember him as they knew him.......


  • Comment number 18.

    Oh ARF - favorite J5 song

    Blame it on the Boogie

    Just so we can all dance like loons for 3 minutes!!


  • Comment number 19.

    Well done Christos, lovely and fitting tribute.

    He was always there when I was growing up I remember going to the video shop to get the thriller video out when it was released to watch it. I was never a hardcore fan but I would always love to have a jig around on a piece of laminate somewhere to one or two of his very talented songs.

    I was surprised when I found out and found myself to be a bit upset about it. Sometimes you dont realise what impact individuals have on your life until it is too late.

    I hope his children will be okay and that his family will look after them and keep them away from the ensuing circus.

    RIP Jacko

  • Comment number 20.

    Ello ALL,

    Bingo Star ere.......

    CLP - Very nice of your ter write about Jacko...... an interesting blog!!!!!!!!!

    All a said last night, a say again plus...... the strange thing iz..... abit like Elvis... when these exceptional people are alive.... we don't treat them with the full respect they deserve.... the way 'e waz slated in the press ll the time.....

    Now 'e's dies..... Micheal Jackson will become more of a legacy and iz right up there with Elvis!!!!!!!!

    A mean this iz like Elvis's death again!!!!!!!!

    A remember recently being at the U2 gig at Broadcasting 'ouse and there waz a woman there who waz a mega fan. She 'ad met many top pop stars and 'ad got them ter sign their 'graphs on parts of 'er body, then she 'ad 'ad them tattooed on..... all I can remember iz the one tattoo she 'ad got..... it waz Jacko's 'graph.... all a remember waz thinking..... 'wow, she 'as met Micheal Jackson and got 'im ter sign 'er arm!!!!!!'


  • Comment number 21.

    Chris, What a great and fitting blog - thank you.

    I like many millions have the Thriller Album and found myself singing along to Thriller when Sir Tel played it this morning and I knew all the words!!

    He was a great showman and may he now rest in peace and as has been said his children left alone to grieve.

    I'm with eb, Blame it on the boogie - please.


    P.S. I texted the show last night, not sure if it was read out, so will listen again. But I live opposite a Digger Land!

  • Comment number 22.

    Ali, are you sure.

    It might just be a building site with incredibly well dressed and polite builders!

    Don't give them any money.....

    Rips (talking rubbish as ever)


  • Comment number 23.

    Hi all

    Very sad news... and great to hear your experiences of MJ CLP.

    I was a young woman clubbing in the eighties and remember how each new MJ song/album/video etc would wow us. A vivid memory is standing in a club watching the first showing of the Thriller video... the place was packed out and everyone stood in amazement - mouths on floor - at the fantastic video.

    Bye Michael and thanks for the memories!

    Ju xx

  • Comment number 24.

    Rips - this time last week

    you/ me/ breakfast

    happy memories

  • Comment number 25.

    Ha Ha Rips,

    No it really is Digger Land, they have one ride that I can see which looks as it people sit in the scoop of a big digger and are spun around. If the wind is in the right direction I can hear the screams! Even if it is half a mile away or more, as the crow flies.


  • Comment number 26.

    Morning all. Interesting to see t'other side of someone Christoph.

    Bagpuss - I hope you know how that sounds !!!!! (24)

    Still sticking with my choice for ARF - Theme from Charlies Angels.

    Beezer xxx

  • Comment number 27.

    bees - it had never crossed my mind!

  • Comment number 28.

    And you nearly a married woman !!!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    Great Blog Chris!!

    Can I just echo what some other people have said and hope the media concentrate on the music instead of the negativity that surrounded MJ.

    Beautiful sunny day here in Ayrshire. Hope you all have a great weekend.

    x Gail.

    ARF: Thriller, MJ.

  • Comment number 30.

    The Badger woke me up last night to tell me 'Michael Jackson's died'...I thought it was the beginning of a joke, and was about to sock him in the eye...

    Unfortunately it wasn't a joke, and the world has lost one of THE major influences on popular music and dance that it ever had. Whatever and whoever else may have happened in his life, there's no denying that.

    ...and my brother ADORED Farah Fawcett-Majors (as she was then), I can still remember the poster he had of her on his bedroom wall...

    Rest in peace, both

    ARF Rockin' Robin please

  • Comment number 31.

    Thanks Chris!

    For the rare insight

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi Chris,

    What an interesting and lovely blog. Very sad news about Jacko. He was so talented. When it comes to his private life, like you said we will never know. I believe in the law of Karma - we pay the price or get rewarded for our actions in this life or the next one.

    It's grey and raining here. I've had trouble changing my password, so have given up now! Can't stay off the blog any longer!!!!!


    God Only Knows Where I'd Be Without YOU - Beach Boys.

    I know it has to be a Michael Jackson song - You Are Not Alone - sounds good.

  • Comment number 33.

    Ditto SuperBeep.....

    Thanks x

    Hope Blur was as good as Deev reckoned.

    Oi, beez.....yeah you there in the gutter.

    I don't even know what your reference was, I'm so stoopid! But you leave Baggy alone...or you'll have me to answer too.....

    .....if that's ok with you poppet?!!!




  • Comment number 34.

    Whack!!!!!!!! I'll give you poppet Rips.

    Beez xxx

  • Comment number 35.


    I've never seen the appeal of Michael Jackson, the man nor the music.

    Having said that is always sad when someone is taken at such a young age, especially for the parents.

    There will inevitably be a feeding frenzy in the media and there are two aspects.

    Firstly, if nobody wanted to read about it then the press would not print it. We have the press that we deserve.

    Secondly, as Jackson spent his career manipulating the media by creating a persona in order to promote his career, we can not now expect the media to just ignore that side of his life.

    I think the coming days will be more reminiscent of Princess Diana than Elvis Presley. I also feel we will be suprised by the number of people who turn out to be 'fans' in order to get in the papers or on the TV.

    Also with all the new ways of communicating blogs, twitter etc the whole thing will gather a huge momentum which is out of all proportion to what has actually happened.

    Having written that, I have realised I am in fact contributing to the very thing that I am railing against. A true paradox, but I will post anyway because otherwise I will have wasted 10 minutes of my life writing this.

  • Comment number 36.

    Oooh! Beezer............


  • Comment number 37.

    Rips - Oooo as in ouch or Oooooo as in.........

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 38.


  • Comment number 39.

    Akshully, thinking about it, Michael Jackson dying at 50...I wouldn't say he was only 'young'...He was already getting to be a very old man, as he'd been an adult since he was aged about 8...

    ...and DCMS, I didn't/don't either...

  • Comment number 40.

    for the record - blur rocked - got within spitting distance of damon, great venue, great atmosphere and great gig

    and it was over before 11 so we home at 1 - is that a sign of old age?

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning Chris,Like you, I was so shocked to hear the news of Jacko s death, i loved his music, Billy Jeans is my favorite.
    Great tribute to him from you.
    Love to all.xx

  • Comment number 42.

    absolutley gutted this morning, we all grew up with micheal jackson, god bless he really was the Elvis of our generation "the king of pop" My favourite is Billy Jean but there's so many to choose from..Our thoughts are with his children on this sad day


  • Comment number 43.

    At the risk of being controversial ... maybe his kids will have a much more normal life now! No more face masks/ shrouds or weird antics to bight their little lives.

    C xx

  • Comment number 44.

    For the 2nd hour of ARF:-

    Off The Wall - Michael Jackson

    A great song, from his best album, IMO, and sums me up perfectly!

    x x x x

  • Comment number 45.

    Afternoon all

    CLP - you've done it again, really fitting words and a great insight to a true genius.
    I was never a 'real' fan, but who on this earth can resist dancing to his music. All the hits from J5 onwards have been great and will always be played at birthdays, weddings and other get-togethers, AND people will always remember the words or the moonwalk, both young and all!

    R.I.P. MJ and thanks for the memories.

    ARF - A.BC or Rockin Robbin....

    Steffi xxx

  • Comment number 46.

    Well this should get rid of the pesky greenfly - it is chucking it down here - really really chucking it down as in power washing the cars.

    Beezer xxx

    Crumpy - totally agree with you.

  • Comment number 47.


    I was truly shocked this morning when i heard the news.

    In keeping with all the topics this week , please could you play" Man in the Mirror".

    Thanks so much

    MC xx

  • Comment number 48.

    Hey there Chris,

    Thank you so much for your personal and touching memory of Michael Jackson.

    Despite all the bad press he has received over the years we mustn't lose sight of the sheer genius of this man and hopefully this is what he will be remembered for. His music is timeless and will stir emotions in most. Like all the greats he sadly has died way too young and before his time!

    If possible, I would like to make a request for you to play 'ben' this evening.

    Thanks again Chris.


  • Comment number 49.

    Afternoon All

    My thoughts go out to his young kids, after all it is them that are left to cope in this media frenzy.

    With regards to his life, you could say what kind of life did he have really with all the media frenzy that followed him night and day.

    When you strip out all the rubbish about him the one thing you can take away from him was his ability to create good music

    Who will the paps pick on now.

    Could you play "They Don't Care About Us"

    Thanks Chris

  • Comment number 50.

    Hi Chris

    Please could you play "I Want You Back". Why? It was the first track on the first Motown Greatest Hits I bought (no 4), and I played it to death. My 16 year old son loves it too. And me and my three children (22,19,16) were going to see him in February. There isn't another star that could unite us in music like Michael Jackson.

    RIP MJ and love the show.

    Walton on Thames

  • Comment number 51.

    ARF One Day In Your Life, MJ. R.I.P

  • Comment number 52.

    It's a weird old day, innit?

    x x x

  • Comment number 53.

    Certainly is Deev.

    However, life goes on........only 3 more sleeps till we jet off to Sunny Northern Cyprus for holybobs and seeing my luvly mum and dad, and we haven't got the suit cases down from the loft yet!

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 54.

    You sound like me Steffi - when we went to Greece at the end of May, I didn't pack til an hour before we left fot Gatwick!

    I've just been watching the qualifying live from Assen for tomorrow's MotoGP race - thanks Beeb - didn't know I could do that online!

    Great stuff - Rossi on pole.

    x x x x

  • Comment number 55.

    For me....

    "I want you back"

    Huge fan of both the Jackson 5 and then Michael.

    Fave album both then and still now "Off The Wall".

    Hugely emotional (and hormonal)


  • Comment number 56.

    Yep, can't stand packing three weeks in advance like some peeps I know. So, Monday morning, I shall be that 'headless chicken' dashing about like a banshee getting the much beloved, GD and my GN (Niece) organised!

    Loads to do till then of course....clear my desk here at the grindstone, loads of pre-hol washing, last pre-hol shopping (cos you can never do enuff!), attend my Uncle's 70th bash. Oh, and we need some Turkish dosh and Euro's cos we will go 'down south'.

    Enjoy the MotoGP: know you're a fan.

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 57.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 58.

    Hi everyone, don't think there is any more to say about Jacko to add to all your lovely comments.

    My Dad died of heart attack age 55, both far, far too young.

    ARF - Off the Wall please Chris

    Love to you all xxxx

  • Comment number 59.

    Afternoon All and a great post Chris, really interesting to read your side of the man.

    I've never been a massive MJ fan, but live most people, you realise that he actually played a pretty big part in our growing up.

    I remember listening to Ben as a kid, it used to make me cry. One Day in Your Life too.

    I remember listening to Off The Wall with my first teenage love, most of that album reminds me of him!

    The first time I saw Thriller was in a pub in Colchester with a huge video screen, I can't remember the name now but it was Stanway end of town. I was with college friends and we were all almost speechless at that video, it was a momentous time.

    Shame that MJ's life then seemed to go off the rails, and like most of you have said, lets hope he's remembered more for his music and his influence on our current musicians than some of his more bizarre actions.


  • Comment number 60.

    Good words you write about MJ he was a great entertainer and lots of people all over the world liked him he will be a great miss to the pop world

    2nd half ARF dirty diana please

  • Comment number 61.

    Turkish side of Cyprus - Kyrenia. A whole new experience for us. My parents have lived there for 5 years now and this, believe it or not will be our first visit!

    Never thought it was a good idea to take GD out of school during term time, and the flights used to be OTT price wise in the school hols. It's now much easier to fly to say Larnaca and then drive North over the boarder and it's sooooo much cheaper!

    The North has not yet been over commercialised (sp) yet and remains quite un-spoilt compared to alot of holiday destinations. Really looking forward to every aspect of our visit. The best bit of course will be seeing mum after her boob op a couple of months ago.

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 62.

    Have a fab time Steffi!

    Bev - I work in the Lexden side of Colchester - are you still in this area?

    I love it!


  • Comment number 63.

    You naughty girl what did you say to get moderated its the naught step for you young lady

  • Comment number 64.

    i dont remember - deev what did you say?

  • Comment number 65.

    Deevs ....

    Bit further out in the sticks now, sunny Suffolk! (Hadleigh).

  • Comment number 66.

    I Share Chistoph's views on The King of Pop's passing.

    I was never a fan of his..but certainly of a lot of his music. Sadly all the hoopla that surrounded him (some self-inflicted, some imposed/created/encouraged by the media) was part and parcel of the Man.

    But listening to t'other Chris on Radio 1 this morning (who, may I say, was very respectful of Jackson and made some pertinent points ), "I Want You Back" was played. What a fantastic song. Perfect for a summer's morning.

    He was a great Entertainer and the World of Entertainment is certainly poorer without him.

    But let's have Jacko and his Bros' music this afo - ABC, Blame It On The Boogie etc. Ace!

  • Comment number 67.

    RIP Michael Jackson - i truely talented artist -

    The Earth Song is my all time favourite MJ song - it really is up there with the best of the best!!

    Ashling x

  • Comment number 68.

    CLP - she's outta my life for ARF - very emotional song, beautifully sung. Conveys the emotion of the day!

  • Comment number 69.

    Bev - I used to work in Hadleigh - for BDC.

    Small world - I'm in Sudbury now. Maybe we can meet up for a beer somewhere?!

    Errrrm .... why was my #57 moderated?

    Confused and Peeved Deevs
    x x x

  • Comment number 70.

    hey everyone. long time no nuthin'! got back from Egypt with a bacterial infection in my stomach. very very painful and not a good look. holiday great other than that though...

    just wanted to share a couple of short memories...

    one being the moonwalker film never out of a video player in my house.

    another being me and my cousin getting told off for "wearing out the new lino" in my auntie's kitchen... of course practising our moonwalk... eventually forbidden after there was a near fatal accident involving furniture polish on said new lino and an unsuspecting aunty!

    the next being showering with the bathroom door open when i finally moved into a house i shared with just one person...instead of 13... my reasons for the door open??... so i could hear my 3 favourite MJ songs EVER whilst i showered...something i still do to this day... listen to Man in The Mirror, The Way You Make Me Feel and Jam most times i shower. It's my timer!

    I'm going to miss the hugely talented weird and mysterious superstar... Undisputed King of Pop!


  • Comment number 71.

    Hey CLP

    Its hard to think that anyone between the ages of 30 and 45 wouldn't have danced or sung along to an MJ track at some point in their school years.

    I saw him at Wembley and he did PYT and got the entire stadium going with

    PYT's sing after me Say naaa, na, na, na say Naa,na,na, na. the hairs are up just thinking about it. What a performer !

    The man had his demons and maybe some faults but haven't we all ? and I defy anyone to say that they'd enjoy having every detail of their life palyed out in public. In life you must be true to yourself and answer to your god and lets face it he's doing that now and I wish him safe passage.

    Please play PYT long and loud.



  • Comment number 72.

    Deevs ..... love to. We'll catch up on FB soon x

  • Comment number 73.

    Deeply sadden by the news of MJ demise. To me it was soo surreal, was absolutely shocked. Loved his music and music video, sad I didn't get to see him entertain live. Remember the first LP I owned was "Thriller" loved the whole album.
    My thoughts are with his family. RIP in Michael.

    Love from your fan in Hong Kong!

  • Comment number 74.

    Shorty, hope you're all tickety-boo now. My friend (a few years ago) came back with giardia, so I'm hoping that ain't wotchu got coz it's nasty...xx

    and Bees, it's just called 'Charlies Angels'(theme from)...as far as I can see...

  • Comment number 75.

    Ello Again,

    Bingo Star ere..........

    Very interesting and sad ter 'ear all the talk about Micheal jackson today!!!!!!!!!!

    I want to write alot about Jacko today, but unfortunately i'm too busy at work and can't get the time away ter write on the blog fully - I will share some of my thoughts in more detail next week!!!!!

    But quickly all i'll say now is Jacko I strongly believe was a very good person and sadly robbed of 'is childhood!!!!!!!!!!

    Sometimes when your born shy/ a sensitive person, it's very difficult to live in this often cold and cruel world!!!!!!!
    On top of this Micheal Jackson, despite all 'is fame, fortune and who 'e was, 'e never found real love/ a special woman!!!!!!!!!!
    Sometimes fate/ life/ god/ whatever just doesn't let some people find what they really want!!!!!!!!!!
    I can relate to 'im in this way...... the lonelyness!!!!!!!!!!

    The two songs that always 'ave really 'it me and make me cry, that capture 'is pain are 'You Are Not Alone' and 'She's Out Of My Life!!!!!'
    The latter when 'e recorded the single..... 'e was crying real tears whilst recording it.... the final version that was put onto the single/ album!!!!!!!!
    Sometimes though when you feel real pain... it's what makes the performance more real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On a more upbeat note..... Dirty Diana and Beat It are awesome tunes!!!!!!!
    I love the wrock era 'e went through and doing work with Slash and Eddie Van 'alen who played wrock guitar on these tunes!!!!!!
    But so many other mega tunes Strnger In Moscow touch a chord with me when I was on my own in Ukraine!!!!!!
    Or Earth Song, They Don't care about Us, Black Or White, One Day In Your Life or Say, Say, Say...... just so, so many AWESOME tunes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Strange world we live in.... why someone so genius..... leads such a life of pain and confusion... VERY like Elvis!!!!!!!!

    But in a way..... was/ is Micheal Jackson bigger than Elvis?????????
    A mean Elivs wasn't a child star!!!!!
    Like a wrote earlier.... when these outstanding people die..... they seem ter become bigger after their deaths!!!!!!!!

    I find it so sad 'ow Jacko destroyed 'is goodlooks!!!!!!!!!!
    Don't think I will ever understand what people, this life/ world iz all about!!!!!!!!!

    All a can it's fascinating looking on and won't it be such a boring sad waste if there isn't an afterlife!!!!!!!!!

    Let's 'ope Jacko iz up there with Freddie Mercury, Elvis, Lennon and all the other crazy entertainers that make this world such an interesting place ter live in!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ope all ave a nice weekend!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 76.

    Well said Chris.

    He has fulfilled his wish never to grow old.

    RIP Michael.

    ARF Billie Jean please

  • Comment number 77.

    So glad that you'll be playing Michael Jackson this evening. I'd love to hear ABC; it reminds me of some great times at university.

  • Comment number 78.

    Hi all,

    is the genius of MJ not Quincy Jones - the arranger producer of Thriller. Once saw a biopic on QJ where he explained the rationale behind most of the songs recorded on Thriller. MJ was a great mover, but relied on the supreme talents of Quincy to elevate the recordings.
    I will miss Quincy more than MJ. Just listen to some of Quincy's own recordings - brilliant!!!


  • Comment number 79.

    It's very sad news... the sightings will be next. Him and Elvis sat in a pub together with fake beards or who knows what...

    Got to have ABC and Thriller in that second hour somewhere.

  • Comment number 80.

    Cheerio luvly peeps. 'See you' in a couple of weeks time.

    Be good, be kind to each other and love the ones you're with.

    Big hugs.

    Steffi xxx

  • Comment number 81.

    Could you pls play Beat It

  • Comment number 82.

    its a sad day for sure...

    the 2 songs I think would be great to hear on the show:

    Earth Song
    Black And White (the full one)

    He will be sadly missed as will all the greats that have gone before him.

  • Comment number 83.

    PS Forgot ter say.......

    Ave 'eard alot of talk terdee about Jacko not being shy...... I think az you find with most of these performers..... they are very naturally shy/ sensitive!!!!!!!!

    But strangely when they are doing their stuff..... rehearsing/ performing..... they turn into different people.... it's the thing that drives them..... when performing they become/ feel a different person, go inter their element and enjoy every second and an extroverted side comes out!!!!!!!!
    Thus leading to them giving a better perfomance!!!!!!!!

    They say in every introverted person..... there's a big extroverted side waiting ter burst out!!!!!!!!!

    True of so many top singers!!!!!!!!

    I think this was definately the case with Jacko too!!!!!!!

    Chow again!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 84.

    Have a good one Steffi. Big hugs back

    Beezer xxx

  • Comment number 85.

    My husband and I met a few years ago - in our mid 40s. One of the conversations we had was 'Did you stay up to watch the Thriller' video the first time it was shown over here? I was so impressed that he actually held a party in anticipation! So please play Thriller for all of the people our age - MJ's music has been the backdrop to our lives since we were teenagers.

  • Comment number 86.

    Afternoon each

    Think it's all been said. How sad for his children.

    Nice, Chris, that you're dedicating the second half of the show to his music.


  • Comment number 87.

    Odd, isn't it. I was just in the bank, and the two people in front of me were expressing their horror that Michael Jackson had died. They'd only just seen the news on the News24 playing to the queue.

    The day Princess Diana died, we were out looking at kitchens all morning, and didn't find out until my (then) M.i.L said 'Sad innit...' and seeing our puzzled faces said 'about Diana'...still puzzled...'She died last night...don't tell me you didn't know???'

    Just strange how some news passes people by...and yet it does...

    have a great weekend

  • Comment number 88.

    I'm so hot today.


  • Comment number 89.

    Behave Deev!!!!


  • Comment number 90.

    So, my original ARF I am going to let stand I think...

    ARF - Fun Lovin' Criminal...Fun Lovin' Criminals

    And for the second harf arf Rockin' Robin please...or Don't Stop (til you get enuff...)

    Thanks Chris

  • Comment number 91.

    I'm hot too Deev.......

    Beezer xxx

  • Comment number 92.

    Gawd's sake!!!!!


  • Comment number 93.

    I remember when Diana died, we were camping for the weekend, and didn't find out until we got home on the Sunday night!!

    I'm hot too!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 94.

    Baking in Brighton

    forchunettly I have a fan under my desk

    but that's not for here...

    Anyhoo, have just had to clear art the fridge as there is going to be a power outage here on Sunday for at least six hours (due to 'essential' works) and I found the rest of the Gin from the last Gin Friday.

    so guess what today is


  • Comment number 95.

    Well said Chris - I was so looking forward to see him moonwalking again, having seen him on the Bad Tour in 1988

    ARF - for the 2nd hour Ben please for Neil & Sarah in the Isle of Man

  • Comment number 96.

    manx people - hi and welcome to the blog

  • Comment number 97.

    Hello and good evening from upstate NY. Weather here is warm and stormy. Sad news indeed about MJ and of course FF.... what boy didn't have that picture of her on his wall. Anyway, please excuse my absence of the last few days. It's been a busy and emotionally hard week. To cut a long story short, a very good friend of mine's mother passed away and I have been helping the family. Everything pretty much went on hold..... but things have returned to normal, well as normal as possible anyway.... Out to mow the lawn, will be back on later..... TGIF everyone.....

  • Comment number 98.

    Ah, Bondy, wishing you all the best matey

  • Comment number 99.

    James - I only put on here yesterday wondered where you were.
    See you later - enjoy your lawn cutting

    Beezer xxx

  • Comment number 100.

    Good to see you Bondy

    Pen xx

    Muggy here too!


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