Austin: 'Jackson Combined History's Greats'
R&B singer PATTI AUSTIN believes MICHAEL JACKSON's legacy will live on forever - because the King of Pop worked hard to emulate so many of history's greatest entertainers.
Jackson looked to silver screen stars like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and incorporated their moves into his own stage shows, explains Austin, who collaborated with the singer on his Off The Wall album.
And she insists it is Jackson's reverence for the past that made him such a talented performer.
She tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "This is something Michael and I used to talk about all the time. Michael was an amalgamation of some really tremendous talent. Michael studied the greats that came before him.
"Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson - these are people he used to talk about all the time, and the things they did that were brilliant. He could take a piece of each of those people and blend it into this magnificent quilt that he turned out to be.
"Plus, he was in two tremendously powerful petri dishes of creativity, Motown and Quincy Jones' world."
Jackson died on 25 June (09) after suffering a cardiac arrest in his California home.