The Denver Post

DENVER — Endia Taylor, 24, was on a city bus when another passenger said Michael Jackson had died.

“I was crying overwhelmingly when I heard,” she said, her eyes still damp. “I couldn’t believe it. I thought she was lying.”

For many people in their 30s and 40s, it was the day the music died.

Jackson was the backbeat of their lives, be it “Billie Jean” or “I Want You Back,” the music that filled the dance floor at their weddings, the dance moves they dreamed of imitating, the moments they’ll never forget.

“Wacko Jacko” was the fodder of forgotten tabloids, not words quickly on the lips of most people interviewed in the metro area minutes after the King of Pop was gone.

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