Chattanoogans react to death of "King of Pop"

Chattanoogans react to death of "King of Pop"

June 25th, 2009 by Barry Courter in Local - Breaking News

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."