More About Michael
"I suppose the thing most people don´t know, and what surprised me, was how "normal" Michael Jackson was in person. His public image is so strange I did not know what to except but when I met with him we had a very typical and relaxed conversation. We had many common interests we talked about. Maybe I am just a freak also."
Mark Ryden, artist/creator of the dangerous album cover
“Greatest entertainer in the world and one of the smartest people and businessmen in the world.”
Berry Gordy on MJ
“I am sensitive to other people’s feelings and emotions…and I am very thankful. I don’t know if I could have done what I have done without the help of other people on the way, really. Even those who don’t know how much they helped me, I thanked them later. Even those who do things from a distance and don’t know that it is affecting me from another place. Like writers and entertainers, people who died before I was just a toddler.”
"He is great. He is a very sensitive and terribly shy man. When he doesn't know people, he doesn't dare talk to them. He doesn't dare even look at them. So in the first instance we can believe that he is rude, While he is quite the opposite. At the beginning, I thought I was disturbing him and that my presence was too much. It's very embarrassing. And then, gradually, after he saw me a few times with Quincy, he started looking at me. Then he said "Hello". He got used to me. He needs to be comfortable. When this happens, he is extremely caring, though he is still worried whether everything goes well, if people are happy. This is the most considerate guy I have ever met. And what people don't know, is that he has a lot of humor. It was a wonderful experience working with him."
Christine Decroix, singer who wrote lyrics to "Je ne veux pas la fin de nous" - French version of "I Just Can´t Stop Loving You" and sang it with Michael
"Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever. "
"He's very artistic and he's an enormous show biz buff. He can quote you lyrics from all kinds of musicals. Ask him the lyrics that Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire used in a certain picture and he can tell you. I find it hard to develop friendships in this business because people travel so much. But Michael is one of those people who stays in touch. You'll ask him about something, then forget you even asked him. But he'll call you back--even if it's three weeks later--with the answer. He'll have looked it up or found it out from someone else. He's a wonderful wonderful friend to have."
“Michael’s no fabrication. He’s totally genuine. And he’s funny, too. Michael is totally normal. We talk about food, women, music, the movies — ordinary things.”
David Williams, guitarist on M´J´s records since 1979, Telegraph Magazine 1992
"He was a complicated, kind and humble human being...just like you."
Karen Faye via Twitter
"Michael liked those that can respect him. (...) If you went up to him with a clear head and spoke to him, he'd speak back to you in his 'real' voice. If you were the fan that cried and couldn't speak, he'd play the kop (King of Pop) role. He's always been like that. He is very sweet and he was honest to a fault UNLESS he felt the truth would hurt you. He was (also) a very shrewd business man and if things didn't go correctly, he wouldn't hesitate to have someone fired."
“He has a split personality. He is very bright & very self-destructive. He has an extremely high IQ & a terrible temper. He is childish but domineering. He is rich & powerful, but also an insecure child. So he can be angelically sweet or cuttingly cold.”
Someone who worked with him during production of Bad album (1987/8)
"Michael Jackson was music incarnate. He was the most polite 'celebrity' with whom I have ever worked. He was loving, generous, and funny. I never heard him speak a demeaning or unkind word about anyone. Ever. I sat with him when he laughed like a child, and when he cried for being persecuted by the press for being 'unusual.'
Michael literally gave me a career. He believed in me when I was a novice. He gave me opportunity after opportunity to collaborate, making history again and again. Almost every major accomplishment I have made in the entertainment industry somehow tracks back to Michael and the connections made because of our work together. As a choreographer, he shared with me cherished advice that I have lived by: 'Never force your ideas on a song. Let the music tell you what it wants to be.' […]”
"Many singers today try to sound like Michael Jackson, but Michael was unique, he was number one in making everyone feel childlike, in making us feel the innocence and purity. He gives everybody supreme entertainment, and he gives everybody hope. To me, he's number one is making people feel happy."
My brother, Michael, was, is and always will be a genius. I love you, Mike. Janet
Janet Jackson, Michael´s sister
"My Uncle was the most thoughtful person in my life and always managed to bring a little bit of magic into my childhood years.
Being Jehovah’s Witness, I never celebrated holidays. One Christmas, when I was 8 years old, my Uncle Michael made sure I came over the day after Christmas.
Walking into his house, he brought me over to the Christmas tree where I found 40 gifts with my name on them. I was filled with all the excitement a child could have seeing gift after gift with my name on it, but I asked him, “Why did you do this?” he said, “to make up for all the Christmases you’ve missed.” After this, I felt like Christmas became my holiday. He always managed to make my life a little happier, a little more exciting, and a little more special. You had a rare heart. Happy B-day, I miss you."
Austin Brown, Michael´s nephew
"In some ways Michael reminds me of the walking wounded. He's an extremely fragile person. I think that just getting on with life, making contact with people, is hard enough, much less to be worried about whither goest the world.
"I remember driving with him one day, and I said, ‘God, Michael, I wish I could find a movie I could produce for you.' And suddenly I knew. I said, ‘I know what you've got to do. It's "Peter Pan.'”
"Tears welled up in his eyes and he said, ‘Why did you say that?' with this ferocity. I said, ‘I realize you're Peter Pan.' And he started to cry and said, ‘You know, all over the walls of my room are pictures of Peter Pan. I've read everything that Barrie wrote. I totally identify with Peter Pan, the lost boy of Never-Neverland.' "Oh, I can see him leading lost children into a world of fantasy and magic. From Gary, straight on to Barrie!”
Jane Fonda (1984)
"How old you would you be if you didn't even know how old you are?"
“I’ve had every entertainer working for me more or less. I knew Pavarotti, I knew all of the great entertainers. I think the greatest entertainer that I have ever seen was Michael Jackson. There’s never been anyone like him.”
“Michael always talked about being simple and effective and to be complex in your transitions knowing where to pull focus when you choreograph.”
“Every time we had creative discussions with Michael, he approached it like a kid in a candy store.”
Rich and Tone Talauega, choreographers for “You Rock My World”, on working with Michael
"Michael was the most inspiring, heartfelt individual I've worked with. He brought light into this dark world with his love and magical creativity. Michael, I just can't stop loving you. You've changed my life forever."
"But it's not just Micheal who's nice and down to earth. The entire family is also. You being a winner of his fan club in the 80's, I won the chance to meet him at his home in Encino Califonia when he still lived with his mother. It was the best thing that ever happened to me! The magic that was in that house was electric! and running into Jacksons while touring the home was more then I could handle. When it was time to leave I just broke down like a baby. You never want to leave. Never!"
Lordcron on YouTube
"Let me start by saying that without the inspiration you have given me in my life I would never have become the human being and artist I am today. I remember dancing in my room to "Beat It" with the door closed while wearing my sequined glove. This memory will stay with me for as long as I live. It was your energy, artistry, compassion and commitment that drove me to go after my dreams. You were boundless and proved that anyone from any walk could achieve their what they desire through self belief and dedication. My fondest childhood memory was working with you in 1991 on the MTV 10th anniversary special. You were so kind and personable with me. I will cherish that experience forever!
Thank you so much Michael for being my idol and blessing the world with more than anyone could imagine. You are a legend and an angel. I know you will continue to watch over us all and inspire from above."
Brian Fried man
The story of the one and only time Will Smith met Michael Jackson :-D :
"He is very modest, shy and pure man. When you see him on stage, hitting the moves and doing his thing, you think 'wow!' That's all very spectacular. But face to face he's a sweet and soft man. Very easy to talk to, down to earth but also a very, very shy person.
I learned a lot from him. About dancing, about life experiences....everything. My goal is to go try to inspire other people like Michael did with me. He is very humoristic. He loves to laugh and he enjoys life."
One of Michael's dancers, Timor Steffins
Michael Jackson´s daughter Paris
"First of all, he was a very kind soul. A humble guy. Very Jesus in spirit who was caring, loving. A true person....he was just a very humble guy. For all his success, he was very, very kind.
Steve Manning, Tito Jackson's manager speaking with Larry King
"An angelic, child-like human being would never inflict pain & suffering on another soul, let alone a child."
Madonna talking about M. Jackson
Darryl Phinnessee Interview at Michael Jackson Tribute:
Cory Rooney, who worked with MJ at Sony/Epic: "...There’s other times where I sit there in the studio and say I cannot believe that I’m working with this person and this is what it is. And they all have the nerve to have attitudes.
Then you work with a guy like Michael Jackson who when he was late, he was supposed to be in the studio at twelve and he showed up about quarter to one. He felt so terrible for being late he apologized the whole session. The next day he sent a big giant basket because we’re talking about movies and how much I love movies. So he sent me this giant basket....Oh my goodness, it probably had 100 DVDs. It had popcorn, candy, all kinds of books and movie trivia, all kinds of stuff. Again the card said, ‘I’m very sorry for not respecting your time."....I would say Mike, what time do you want to start tomorrow? He said, ‘Cory, you’re the boss. You tell me what time. If you want me here seven in the morning, I will be here at seven in the morning.’ He said, ‘You are the boss. Whatever you tell me.’
Chris Yandek (Interviewer): What I find interesting about those comments is the way the mainstream media projects it is that he wanted to always do things his way.
Cory Rooney: “Not at all, not at all. That’s what I said. It’s like if the world would just stop and just really pay attention.”
Naomi Campbell on the Set of MJ's Video:
"I met him once. He was in New York at the Sony studios shooting a video, and I was there with one of my groups. And I was requested — Michael wanted to meet me. I went in the back, and he was sitting between two women and he shook my hand, and it was cool. Somebody like Michael Jackson — you don't even think they know you exist. You know, you're a rapper. And the fact that he was like, "Ice-T is here. I would like to meet Ice-T." And I shook his hand and it was a very cool moment. One of my friends said, No matter how tough you are, Michael Jackson will have the biggest gangster in the front row screaming like a bitch at his concert. That's about the best compliment you can give.
At the end of the day, his legacy to me is, he was original. That's one thing about Michael Jackson — you can't say any of his stuff was taken from anybody else. It was 100% original. All the new people who are going to mimic him — the little 'N Sync kid [Justin Timberlake] — they know they doing the Michael Jackson."
"I've known Michael since I was born and he supported me about my singing and has helped my family very very much. He was probably the nicest and most giving person I've ever known. There will never be another Michael Jackson. Ever. I was so fortunate to actually know him. He is one of the biggest inspirations of music."
Sky Ferreira, singer and model
"I don't put awards in my house…They're in storage. I don't like to be puffed up with pride."
”I was a strict vegetarian for much of my life, until my doctor told me to include some fish & chicken in my diet for extra energy. Now I love Sushi.”
“‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was the most ambitious song I had composed. I think I worked on a number of levels: You could dance to it, sing along with it, get scared by it, and just listen. I had to tack on a slow piano and cello coda that ended on a positive note to reassure the listener; there's no point in trying to scare someone if there isn't something to bring the person back safe and sound from whe...re you've taken them. "Heartbreak Hotel" had revenge in it and I am fascinated by the concept of revenge. It's something I can't understand. The idea of making someone "pay" for something they've done to you or that you imagine they've done to you is totally alien to me. The setup showed my own fears and for the first time being helped quell them. There were so many sharks in this business looking for blood in the water. If this song, and later "Billie Jean," seemed to cast women in an unfavorable light, it was not meant to be taken as a personal statement. Needless to say, I love the interaction between the sexes; it is a natural part of life and I love women. I just think that when sex is used as a form of blackmail or power, it's a repugnant use of one of God's gifts.”
Michael Jackson in his autobiography Moonwalk, 1988
Michael came over to a party one day wearing his little Kangol hat and parked his new Rolls about three blocks down the street from my place. Him being from Gary, Indiana, and me being from Chicago, I knew what was on his mind when he went out my exit gate at 2 am and picked up a brick from the edge of my bushes. I said, Smelly, this ain’t Gary or Chicago. This is the safest street in LA.” That is so country, I’d tell him kiddingly, and he’d tee-hee (p. 242).]
"I asked Michael over for dinner one night. We had to keep quiet about it, because if anybody found out, word would spread like wildfire. It was 1978 and at age 19, Michael was already well-known around the world. So he came over to our apartment in Bergenfield, New Jersey with his armed bodyguard, Spence. Dinner was Cornish game hens and, by Michael’s request, Stove Top Stuffing, which he said the folks in his home town of Gary, Indiana referred to as “dressin’.” When he ate, he really dug in: He got food all over his face, all over the table, all over his clothes. He was very passionate about anything he did, and I suppose eating was one of those things.
At that time, the comedian Robert Klein had made an appearance on Saturday Night Live; he came out with a harmonica, gave the band the downbeat by stomping his foot, and cried, “Lemme hear some blues!” The band struck up the introduction to a blues number and he began playing the harmonica with them, stomping his feet, leg pumping in time. After the opening 16 bars, he pulled the harmonica from his lips and, foot still stomping, sang, “I can’t stop my leg, little darlin’ … I can’t stop my leg, little guurrl!”
Well, Michael got a big kick out of this. So while I played a blues chord progression on my guitar, Michael stomped his foot and sang, “I can’t stop my leg!” At one point while he was singing, he said, “Now listen to me, people” and I broke up because he was really getting into it. From this visit, I got the sense that he was a very normal, healthy kid."
Stan Winston, Make up Artist for the Wiz, 1977
Sweet Child Of God