Local musicians and pop music fans were quick to react to the news of Michael Jackson’s death.
Darrell Kelly, 52, drummer for the local band The Malemen, said his group has been playing Michael Jackson hits since the band formed in 1984.
“We still play ‘I'll Be There,’’ he said. “It's still a good song today.
“Michael was a big influence on us. I was just rehearsing with another group yesterday and they did three Michael songs.”
Olen Justice, 26, a manager at the Back Inn Cafe, grew up on “Billie Jean” and “Beat It”-era Jackson and said he has always been awed by the performer's stage presence.
“I just remember watching his performances and being in awe of the reaction of the crowd,” he said. “Young ladies and men would get carried out of the shows. He was, or is still, very dynamic.”
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...