I learned of Michael through Mark Mobeck (St. Louis) guitar player extraordinaire. I was amazed at Mark's finger picking skills. He was playing a MJ tune! He turned me onto Michael and basically said: "Ha! Listen to this guy!" I too became a FAN!
I saw Michael in concert once when he came through Colorado Springs in a small intimate venue. Simply amazing talent. I was inspired and kept playing guitar even til this day! Thanks Michael for the guidance and the memories. "Ain't dis da life?"