Michael Jackson was known as the “King of Pop“, an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.
Michael Jackson is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers in the history of music.
Michael’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. His sound and style have influenced artists of various genres.
Michael Jackson was the youngest and most talented of five brothers whom his father, Joseph, shaped into a wonderful group of child stars known as the Jackson 5.
The members of the Jackson 5 were Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson), Jackie Jackson (Sigmund Jackson), Tito Jackson (Toriano Jackson), Jermaine Jackson, and Marlon Jackson.
Joseph Jackson believed his sons had talent and molded them into a musical group in the early 1960s that would later become known as the Jackson 5.
At first, the Jackson Family performers consisted of Jackson’s older brothers, Tito, Jermaine and Jackie. Jackson joined his siblings when he was five years old, and emerged as the group’s lead vocalist. He showed remarkable range and depth for such a young performer, impressing audiences with his ability to convey complex emotions. Older brother Marlon also became a member of the group, which evolved into the Jackson 5.
At first, the Jackson 5 played local gigs and built a strong following. They recorded one single on their own, “Big Boy,” with the B-side “You’ve Changed,” but the record failed to generate much interest.
The Jackson 5 moved on to working as the opening act for such R&B artists as Gladys Knight and the Pips, James Brown, and Sam and Dave. Many of these performers were signed to the legendary Motown record label, and the Jackson 5 eventually caught the attention of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Berry Gordy who was impressed by the group, he signed them to his label in early 1969.
Sporting the loudest fashions, the largest Afros, the snappiest choreography, and a youthful, soulful exuberance, the Jackson 5 became an immediate success.
They scored four consecutive number one pop hits with “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There” in 1970. With Michael topping the pop charts as a solo performer with “Ben” and reaching number two with “Rockin’ Robin,” and with the Jackson 5 producing trendsetting dance tracks such as “Dancing Machine,” the family’s string of hits for Motown lasted through 1975.
As Michael Jackson matured, his voice changed, family tensions arose, and a contract standoff ensued.
The group finally broke with Motown, moving to Epic Records as the Jacksons. Jermaine remained at Motown as a solo performer and was replaced by his youngest brother, Randy Jackson (Steven Randall Jackson).
As a recording act, the Jacksons enjoyed consistent success through 1984, and their sister Janet Jackson embarked on her own singing career in the early 1980s.
However, Michael Jackson’s solo albums took on an entirely different status.
Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson played clarinet and piano, had aspired to be a country-and-western performer, and worked part-time at Sears. Katherine Jackson was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness.
His father, Joseph Jackson, had been a guitarist who put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family as a crane operator. Joseph Jackson pushed his sons to succeed and he was also reportedly known to become violent with them.
Michael had three sisters (Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet) and five brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy), a sixth brother, Marlon’s twin Brandon, died shortly after birth.
Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Birthday: August 29, 1958
Death: June 25, 2009