I was going to do a poll on which death was the most shocking? But I came around to thinking about which one of these rock and roll/pop performers had the greatest impact on the culture. Each changed the culture.
As a baby boomer I believe the culture we have today would be vastly different if Elvis hadn’t lived. And coming of age with the Beatles makes me know the world would be tremendously different without the John Lennon in Lennon & McCartney. However, for me Michael Jackson was a good entertainer, but he was not in the same league as the other two.
I’m going to limit it to those three. Some biggies died too young to measure their true impact. That would include people like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain.
Update: Wow this looks like an Iranian election. Went to be bed with MJ in third place with about 50 of 320 votes cast and this morning he as stormed into the lead.
OK fess up who linked this to a Jackson fan club site? ;-)
Now that the shock of Michael Jackson’s death has receded a bit I pose the following question: