(The Jackson 5 - with Michael in front. Before it all got very complicated)
(In remembrance of the2nd anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson, I'm reposting this interview which originally appeared in 2009).
With the tragic death of Michael Jackson, and the reverberations of his passing echoing around the world, I ran across an interview Michael and his brothers did in 1973. They had just arrived in New York on the third leg of a world tour - they were playing Madison Square Garden that particular night - the night being July 22, 1973. It was a sold out concert, as so many of them were. The Jackson 5 were at the pinnacle of their success - the world in many ways was still their oyster. Michael was the wise old age of 13.
So this hour, recorded at radio station WWRL in New York features Michael all the brothers talking and joking - optimistic about the future, with that cocky assurance everything is possible, before it all got very serious and very out of control.
Before it all changed.