âIn every language on the planet, from prison yards in the Philippines to Thrilltheworld.com, that will be the beautiful, grand leg acy of Michael Jackson.â
That was how Quincy Jones, the legendary record prod ucer and artist who produced Michaelâs monster hit albums, ended his beautiful tribute to the late entertainer that came out Tuesday, June 30, in the Los Ange les Times. In using the word âthat,â Quincy was referring to Michaelâs music. Q uincy wrote, âItâs no accident that almost three decades later, no matter where I go in the world, in every club and karaoke bar, like clockwork, you hear âBi llie Jean,â âBeat It,â âWanna Be Starting Something,â âRock With Youâ and âThri ller.â â
So take a bow, all 1,400 inmates of the Cebu provinc ial jail whose version of Michaelâs âThrillerâ video is an Internet sensation. Obviously, the man who guided Michael in recording âThrillerâ and who wrote a p ersonal, heartfelt ode to him in the LA Times piece, has seen the jailbirdsâ vi deo too. The inmates recently recreated the dance as a tribute to Quincyâs tale nt and dear friend.