He's In League With Sinatra, Elvis
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2009 9:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – The King of Pop may have spent the latter part of his career “mutating into an ever more freakish version of himself,” writes Richard Williams in the Guardian, but for all his eccentricities and flaws, Michael Jackson was still the greatest performer of his generation. Jackson was “a musician of great creativity and acute instincts,” Williams writes, and “the natural successor to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.”

Williams witnessed the first Jackson 5 performance in London in the 1970s, and he recalls the amazement of the small audience upon watching the fully choreographed spectacle of a Motown act—“a platform on which Jackson demonstrated every ounce of the gifts and the potential that would make him, by the end of the decade, the biggest attraction in the world of show business.”