Although her playing never graced any of Michael Jackson's studio recordings, Jennifer Batten is certainly recognizable to the late singer's fans. From the years 1988 to 1993, the way-beyond-flashy dresser, who sported a hairstyle big enough and high enough for three glam bands, was Jackson's go-to live guitarist.
Batten made her first appearance with Jackson on his Bad Tour, during which she had to reproduce not only Eddie Van Halen's solo to Beat It but Steve Stevens' guitar work on Dirty Diana.
A crowd favorite, Batten later toured with Jackson on the runs for Dangerous, HIStory, as well as his performance at the 1993 Super Bowl.
"My having had the opportunity to work with Michael for ten years gave me a very privileged insight," Batten wrote on her website. "I will forever have a deep respect and awe for his many groundbreaking talents and his selfless commitment to humanity and the earth."