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Memphis music producer remembers working the King of Pop

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis music producer worked with the King of Pop on several of his hits.

Minutes after the news of Michael Jackson's death became public, Memphians rushed out to buy his music and videos. Employees at Spin Street record store said they sold out of Jackson items less than two hours after the announcement. 

On iTunes, where the virtual inventory is endless, Jackson digital downloads skyrocketed.  

And Memphis music producer Ralph Sutton had a hand in some of those famous recordings.

Today Sutton runs Studio D at the House of Blues in Memphis. But as a Motown engineer in the 1980's, he was at the controls when Jackson recorded "Somebody's Watching Me" with Rockwell.

Sutton says there wasn't really anything unusual about Jackson at that time, outside of his outrageous talent.

"Yeah, so he was a normal cat. He had nothing out of the normal as we kinda saw him morph into," he said.

Sutton also worked with Jackson on the remix of "You Are Not Alone" and was on the team of engineers that produced "We Are the World."

He says it would be impossible to measure the amount of influence Jackson's talent has had on other artists. But he's certain no one can replace the King of Pop.

"We'll see re-emergence of glimmers of someone like that, but the odds of it are very slim," said Sutton. "He was super special and had a good heart. He was a good cat."

Sutton was at Stax Academy teaching a class of young musicians when he received word of Michael Jackson's death in the form of a text message.


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