Locals Remember the King of Pop

By: Stephanie Collins Email
By: Stephanie Collins Email

An autopsy was performed on Michael Jackson Friday; the Los Angeles County Coroner says they found no signs of foul play or trauma but say further tests are needed to determine the exact cause of death. Meanwhile fans are still coping with the loss of the pop icon.

Scott Young now owns Tan in Paradise but in his past he worked in Los Angeles in the music business, “I worked with one of the largest music retailers in the world, I was chairman of that company, and then I was president of the Music Industry Association.

Through his work Young got a chance to meet Michael Jackson and recalls the first time they met, “We have a music industry convention every year and I was president so the music industry was recognizing him and appreciating Michael and I was the one who got to give him the award.”

Young was later invited to Michael's home multiple times for dinner and other events. After getting to know him young admits that Michael was a little odd but appreciates what he did for the music community, “I can say strange things about his personality but he was a musical genius. The impact that he had on our business was huge it got all kinds of people in the stores. When his albums came out it was an event and he just raised the interest level in music.”

Community radio station KAFM dedicated part of it's Friday morning broadcast to the king of pop. Programmer Craven Lovelace prefers music from the Jackson Five era but says Jackson's solo career did break down some barriers, “The main thing he will be remembered for is opening up the music industry in terms of color and for that he really deserves a lot of respect.”

Others look forward to what Jackson's music could bring in the future, “I don't see the end of anything at all; if anything it just shows us the evolution of a pop star from good to bad, a lot like Elvis, and it may breed some new remixes of Michael Jackson tunes and other people may come out of the wood work that were part of making his music as well,” says Ryan Stringfellow, the Executive Director at KAFM.

Young however says no matter what other artists do he will remember Jackson only for his music, “I believe the more real him was the one on stage that was the one he wanted to be, should be; and so if I'm going to remember him which I have, I will remember him as a musical genius, a troubled soul with a musical genius.”


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