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Local man knew Michael Jackson

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The world continues to remember Michael Jackson as tributes pour into California. Jackson died at his rented home there at the age of 50 Thursday afternoon. In his more than 40 years in the spotlight, he touched many in the music industry.

Guy Brody has been in the music industry ever since he was a little boy in the 1960s. As a disc jockey, he met stars from Stevie Wonder to Michael Jackson himself. "Here's a guy that took music and literally turned it upside down," Brody said. One day after his death, the world is just beginning to mourn. Thousands listened to his famous voice as they traveled home from a hard week's work. Guy Brody listened where he was most comfortable, in a studio.

Brody spent much of the 1970s and 80s in the Southern California music scene. That's where he met Michael Jackson for the first time. "I saw a guy that was just a normal guy. The brothers were normal. He was normal and what I mean by normal, I mean, just a regular guy," he said. Over the years, Brody says he met Jackson about 30 times, and became pretty close with some of his family members. He says the news of Jackson's death cut deep.

"When the Associated Press said it's true he's gone I said wow, that was a really heavy blow, a heavy blow," he said. Now that he's gone, Guy Brody says it's about healing through music and more importantly Michael Jackson's message. "I think in our lifetime we won't see anybody to equal him," he said.

The last time Brody saw Jackson in person was in the mid 1980s. Even though he says Jackson's looks changed over the years, he was the same person he first met back in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

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