Hi all. I'm sure there is a thread like this somwhere, but since I'm newish to the group I thought we should have another round. :)
I was currious what song got you all hooked on Michael. Was it one inparticular song, a series of hits or just his voice in general?
For me, it was hearing the song "How Can We Be Lovers." on the radio in 1990. I was 10 and a half years old. The song was awesome, but that voice hooked me right off the bat. Most of the songs my parents played around the house were classical music or ultra easy listening Barry Mannilo stuff so this voice was such a departure to anything I've heard before.....or since, really :).
I would listen to the radio station for hours waiting to hear that song....then my parents bought be my first tape player/recorder and I recorded that song and his future singles from that same local radio station. I was hooked. I would stay awake late at night and listen to Cacey Kasum top 40 and then Rick Dees weekly top 40 and get so excited when I saw how much his song had climbed and wait for interviews with him and record them on my tape player :)
I saved up my lunch money from school to buy "Soul Provider," because his music fed my soul more then lunch. My soul food so to speak. :). Soon enough "Time Love and Tenderness" came out and my parents bought me this one so I wouldn't skip lunch :). My best friend, who conviently lived next door to me, would come over and listen to the album over and over. So much infact, that our mutual neighbor offered to pay us to stop playing it :). No deal made.
We were now both hooked and wanted to join the fanclub listed on the album so we BOTH saved our lunch money up and signed up :) I still have the giant button that came in the mail somplace....maybe she took posession, I don't remember. :) Those were the days :). Those days turned into years.....20 and still counting.
His voice today still has that "it" factor about it and he still writes those songs that move me.....His latest album is getting just as much play time as "Time Love and Tenderness" did, and the new neighors arn't knocking my door down, so maybe I've converted a new fan.