Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lisa Marie Presley on Michael Jackson

I cannnot imagine the pain she is in and only wish that good things happen to her. She expresses here sadness about Michael's death:

"Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

"I can't recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.

"At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, "I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did."

"I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.

"14 years later I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.

"A predicted ending by him, by loved ones and by me, but what I didn't predict was how much it was going to hurt when it finally happened.

"The person I failed to help is being transferred right now to the LA County Coroners office for his Autopsy.

"All of my indifference and detachment that I worked so hard to achieve over the years has just gone into the bowels of hell and right now I am gutted.

"I am going to say now what I have never said before because I want the truth out there for once.

"Our relationship was not "a sham" as is being reported in the press. It was an unusual relationship yes, where two unusual people who did not live or know a "Normal life" found a connection, perhaps with some suspect timing on his part. Nonetheless, I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much.

"I wanted to "save him" I wanted to save him from the inevitable which is what has just happened.

"His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn't know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome then.

"At that time, In trying to save him, I almost lost myself.

"He was an incredibly dynamic force and power that was not to be underestimated.

"When he used it for something good, It was the best and when he used it for something bad, It was really, REALLY bad.

"Mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson's being or actions.

"I became very ill and emotionally/ spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him.

"I was in over my head while trying.

"I had my children to care for, I had to make a decision.

"The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tried to stop or reverse it somehow.

"After the Divorce, I spent a few years obsessing about him and what I could have done different, in regret.

"Then I spent some angry years at the whole situation.

"At some point, I truly became Indifferent, until now.

"As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.

"Any ill experience or words I have felt towards him in the past has just died inside of me along with him.

"He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.

"I desperately hope that he can be relieved from his pain, pressure and turmoil now.

"He deserves to be free from all of that and I hope he is in a better place or will be.

"I also hope that anyone else who feels they have failed to help him can be set free because he hopefully finally is.

"The World is in shock but somehow he knew exactly how his fate would be played out some day more than anyone else knew, and he was right."

I really needed to say this right now, thanks for listening.


Michael Jackson Vinyl

As we have all watched the Michael Jackson death aftermath on TV or via the Internet, one thing is happening, there has been a rush to buy his music. I took a quick look at eBay and the prices are about double what you would normally pay for his CD's or vinyl. As usual, there are some that are way overpriced as people think that bidders will pay anything to have a copy of Thriller. But, that is the world we live in. As a record collector, I am hanging on to all my Michael Jackson vinyl. Although I am not a huge fan, he was an icon of the music industry and what he did for music cannot be expressed in words. If you are looking for his music, try here:

Buy Michael Jackson Music

This Date In Music History-June 27


Leigh Nash - Sixpence None The Richer (1976)

Margo Timmins - Cowboy Junkies (1961)

Lisa Germano - singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (1958) Has worked with John Mellencamp, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Neil Finn, Sheryl Crow, and others.

Gilson Lavis – Squeeze (1951)

Bruce Johnson - Beach Boys (1944)

They Are Missed:

Born in 1935, Doc Pomus, US songwriter. Wrote many early 60's hits with Mort Shuman including, “Sweets For My Sweet,” “Teenager In Love,” “Save The Last Dance For Me.” Died on March 14, 1991.

In 2002, John Entwistle, died in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (age 57). The medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine.


In 1885, Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter applied for a patent on their invention the gramophone.

Gene Autry recorded the ditty "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," in 1949, which has gone on to become a Christmas classic.

In 1954, after several fruitless recording sessions, Sam Phillips paired Elvis Presley with guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black. He hoped the singer might find his voice by rehearsing with other musicians cut from the same country, pop, gospel and R&B cloth.

Peter and Gordon went to #1 on the US/UK singles chart in 1964 with the Lennon & McCartney song “A World Without Love.” Peter Asher went on to become James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt's manager.

Jan & Dean released "Little Old Lady From Pasadena” in 1964.

Working at Abbey Road studios in London in 1968, the Beatles recorded seven takes of “Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” for their forthcoming White album.

In 1968, Elvis Presley began taping an NBC-TV special that was billed as his "comeback special.” The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. The show was originally conceived as a Christmas special. Elvis updated his ‘50s image and once again displayed the raw magnetism that made him world famous, singing both his early hits and new material.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released “Ohio” in 1970. The song was written by Neil Young in response to the shooting deaths of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard.

The Beach Boys and, of course, the Allman Brothers Band performed the final concert at New York's Fillmore East before the venue closes in 1971.

In 1987, Whitney Houston became the first women in US history to enter the album chart at #1 with “Whitney.” She also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases when “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” hit #1.

MCA Records bought Motown Records for $61 million in 1988.

The Who performed the rock opera, "Tommy," in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall in 1989.

In 1992, Michael Jackson played the first night on his Dangerous World tour at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany. The tour consisted of 69 concerts to approximately 3.9 million fans across three continents. All profits made from the tour were donated to various charities including the Heal the World Foundation, Jackson's main reason for conducting the tour.

In 1994, Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.

A four-disc, 82-track Jackson 5 box set, 'Soulsations!: The 25th Anniversary Collection', was released in 1995.

In 2005, the Supreme Court rules that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling comes in the case of MGM vs. file-sharing company Grokster.