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6/25/09

News of Michael Jackson's death brings out Lubbock fans

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Music icon Michael Jackson died Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves across the world. Here in Lubbock, news of Michael Jackson's death lured many fans to local music stores Thursday to purchase his albums. 

The owner of Ralph's Records on 82nd Street in Lubbock tells NewsChannel 11 that shortly after the news broke, Jackson fans started coming in to collect his music. "Thriller" sold out the fastest, followed by Jackson's greatest hits.

Owner Ralph Dewitt says they sold half their stock in about 30-minutes. He says customers and the staff also shared memories about Jackson's career. "I was a DJ here at some clubs in the 70's and 80's and played a lot of Michael Jackson's stuff. And it always got people on the dance floor. He was huge in the music industry, and I think he'll be well remembered," he said.

Local radio stations were also swamped with calls Thursday. DJ Damon Scott at Mix 100 tells NewsChannel 11 that phone lines lit up around 5 p.m. with people wanting the latest news, and then requesting their favorite Jackson songs.

Scott says "Thriller" has been the most requested, followed by "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Billy Jean".  "A lot of the calls this afternoon, people were saying that this is our generation's Elvis, that kind of impact on the music scene," Scott said. 

Mix 100 will highlight Jackson's music through the weekend.

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