I’ve stayed away from the whole Michael Jackson situation because it seems like precisely the sort of collision of Christian and secular worlds that is ripe for unproductive pyrotechnics (indeed, I’ve received a few notes about a big MJ brouhaha that broke out on Kenny Bishop’s Facebook page and I’d rather that conversation not repeat itself here). I think after the Fourth, there’s been plenty of fireworks to last us a while.
But then I received this picture, courtesy of Rusty Golden (William Lee’s son) and … well, it’s just too good to pass up, because unlike the deadend fights about whether pedophiles go to heaven or “was MJ a sodomite” that have tended to pass for southern gospel commentary on the King of Pop since his death, this is really a bonafide sg connection to the Man that, on this day of his public memorial, ought to (even if it probably won’t) speak for itself.
L-R: Marlon Jackson, Joe Moscheo (former Prophets and Imperials), B. James Lowry (guitar Oak Ridge Boys and Rambos), William Lee Golden (ORB), MJ, Jackie Jackson, Donna Jean (ORB office staff), Rusty Golden, Tito and Randy Jackson.
Photo: 8/31/81, Rusty Golden Private Collection, reprinted with permission