When the King of Pop met the Queen of the Universe [Trinidad & Tobago]
Trinidadians all over the world uttered a wistful sigh when this photo of Trinidad and Tobago’s 1977 Miss Universe Queen Janelle “Penny” Commissiong and the late Mr. Jackson himself was published in the Trinidad Guardian last week.
The year was 1978 and 5 shy black brothers- a.k.a. The Jackson Five had just changed labels from Motown to Epic and riding a wave of popularity- well at least here anyway. They caused much ado among young female screaming fans most of whom are happy to recall their “Jackson” moment. Their visit and concerts are now phenomenally remembered with the passing of Michael Jackson.
I must state that this photo wasn’t part of any grand historic conservation project nor an exhibition of any sort but given the current climate of regret in this country over the passing of the great King of Pop, this gem from the newspaper archives deserves honourable mention in my blog.
The link to the original article written by Dexter Lyndersay is here.
Photo by Mark Lyndersay.