Gone Too Soon

Album: Dangerous (1991)
Charted: 33
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the ninth single released from Jackson's 1991 album Dangerous in the UK.
  • This song, which was written by Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan, was dedicated to AIDS victim Ryan White. The American teenager became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after being expelled from school because of his infection. Jackson befriended Ryan prior to his death.
  • Jackson performed this song at former President Bill Clinton's first inauguration ball on January 20, 1993.
  • This was produced by Michael Jackson and co-produced by Bruce Swedien, who mixed some of the Dangerous tracks.
  • R&B and hip-hop producer Teddy Riley worked on many of the songs on Dangerous. He commented to Musicradar.com: "I think he was trying to reinvent himself and become more credible; more commercial and he achieves that here. It reminds me of a more worldly version of She's Out Of My Life."
  • R&B singer-songwriter Usher performed this song at Jackson's memorial service on July 7, 2009.

Comments: 5

  • Miles from Vancouver, CanadaI performed this song at karaoke in honor of my friend Kathryn who I only knew for the last three months of her life. She was doing very well when I first met her and died of an aneurysm, which I didn't know about until two months after it happened. Performing that song, of course, was a one-time event.
  • Betty from Bedford, OhThis song makes you think of all the people that have gone too soon. Everytime I hear it, it brings memories of my grandmother who died way too young and too soon. I miss you Grandma!!
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdWhen one hears the song today one wonders if Michael Jackson had a sixth sense.
  • Judy from Orlando, FlSorry Teddy, he was always "credible"...there are those who will always hate him, but most will always love him and for the undecided, the facts are out there, just look.
  • Chris from California, CaI cry now everytime I listen to this song.
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