Friday, June 26, 2009

RIP Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson

My my, where to begin?

Yesterday was surreal, to say the least. Ed McMahon earlier this week, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson. Three people who couldn't be more different, but each of them made an impact on pop culture, to varying degrees. Being a pop culture blog, I have to acknowledge each of them.

Here on The Tonight Show, Johhny plays back a clip from the 70s featuring Ed in a bit of a, shall we say...he was drunk. A funny reminder of the chemistry Johnny and Ed had with each other.

Fawcett fought a public battle with cancer and won the hearts of Americans and the world to the end. Here is a fan-created video made in tribute long before she died. The Bee Gees song "More Than A Woman" fits well with the images of Farrah as people best remember her, when she burst on the scene in the 70s.

And, of course, Michael. Undeniably talented, very suspicious personal behavior. Is he guilty? Despite disturbing stories, I still can't say with 100% certainty if he was guilty. All I can say is that his music was some of the best pop of its time.
Here is a song that I like a lot and doesn't get as much airplay as his others, from when he still was a boy, here is "Got to Be There."

Rest in Peace everyone!


D. Anderson said...

i suspect that, since there's more celebrities than ever right now, it's going to seem like a lot are passing on around the same time; RIP in any case

Phillyradiogeek said...

True, but these are all A-listers within a 48-hour period. It's pop culture icon death overload.

I think I just coined a new phrase! Copyright 2009 phillyradiogeek!

Todd Mason said...

Well, the strangest thing for me was how many of the late folks over the past week have died youngish. Also, a bit sad that in such a shuffle of famous to one degree or another people, that the passing of the writer Don Coldsmith was largely overlooked (on Fawcett/Jackson day).


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