An ordinary friendship with an extraordinary man by William Morrow and thrilling moments: Similar to his brothers, he developed an early aptitude for music.
A preternaturally gifted singer and dancer, Jackson first rose to stardom in as the year-old frontman for his family's band, the Jackson 5. As remarkable a run as the Jackson 5 had -- at the dawn of the '70s, each of their first four singles went to number one and they stayed near the top of the charts for the next five years -- it all served as a preamble to Jackson 's solo career.
Off the Wallthe dazzling album co-produced by Quincy Jonesannounced Jackson as a mature talent, and the singles "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You" turned it into a blockbuster.
Determined to break through this glass ceiling, he reunited with Jones to create Thrillerthe album that shattered every music record on the books.
Thriller was designed to appeal to every audience and its diversity was evident by its guests: Jackson's smashing of the network's racial barriers was only one aspect of Thriller 's unprecedented crossover.
Seven of its nine songs were Top 10 hits, it earned eight Grammy awards, and topped the Billboard charts for 37 weeks, matching its American success internationally to become the biggest-selling album of all time, earning 32 platinum certifications in the US and moving over million albums worldwide.
Such a phenomenal triumph pushed Jackson into the stratosphere and Bad -- the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Thrillerco-produced once again with Quincy Jones -- kept him there, generating five number one singles on the Billboard charts and selling 30 million copies internationally, two thirds of which were outside of the US.
Jackson parted ways with Jones for 's Dangerousanother global blockbuster. HIStorya An introduction to the life of michael joseph jackson set that paired a disc of hits with a new album, produced a couple of international number one singles.
Invinciblehis album, turned out to be his last. Health problems culminated in his untimely death in the summer ofbut at that point Jackson 's legend was safe: Such heights came from modest beginnings.
His mother was a Jehovah's Witness and his father a former boxer-turned-steelworker who played guitar on the side. Harboring aspirations of musical stardom, Joe shepherded his sons into a musical act around At that point, it was just the three eldest children -- TitoJackieand Jermaine -- but Michael joined them in and soon dominated the group.
Stealing moves from James Brown and Jackie WilsonMichael became the epicenter of the Jackson 5 as they earned accolades at local talent shows and went on to play soul clubs throughout the Midwest, working their way toward the east coast in where they won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater.
Impressed, Taylor brought them to the attention of Berry Gordy, Jr. All three of these sequels went to number one and, striking while the iron was hot, Motown spun Michael off into a solo act.
His first solo single, "Got to Be There," arrived at the end ofreaching number four on the Billboard Hotand then a cover of Bobby Day 's chestnut "Rockin' Robin" peaked at two in early Later that year, "Ben," the title theme ballad to an exploitation movie about a killer rat, earned Jackson his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song he would lose.
Not long afterward, the careers of both Michael and the Jackson 5 slowed, victims of shifting tastes, adolescence, and creative battles with their label. One last hit for Motown arrived in -- "Dancing Machine," a single that brought the group in line with the disco explosion -- before the group departed Motown for Epic in With the new label came a new name, along with a slight lineup change: Jermaine stayed at Motown to pursue a solo career and younger brother Randy took his place.
By that point, Michael had already made a considerable solo impression by starring as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, Sidney Lumet's musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Working on the soundtrack -- a record highlighted by his duet with Diana Ross on "Ease on Down the Road" -- he met producer Quincy Jonesa titan of jazz and pop in the '50s and '60s who had yet to score a smash in the '70s.
The pair hit it off and decided to work on Jackson 's next solo endeavor, but first the Jackson 5 released Destinywhich raised the profile of both the band and Michael himself. All this was preamble to Off the Wallthe album that definitively established Michael Jackson as a force of his own.
Collaborating with producer Jones and songwriter Rod TempertonJackson consciously attempted to appeal to multiple audiences with Off the Wallturning the album into a dazzling showcase of all his different sounds and skills.
Anchored by a pair of number one hits -- the incandescent "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You" -- the record turned into a smash, peaking at four on the Billboardselling millions of copies as it raked in awards, but losing the grand prize of Album of the Year at the Grammys, leaving Jackson with the lingering impression that he needed to cross over into the pop mainstream with greater force.
Before he could do that, he had to complete one more Jackson 5 album:At a young age, a boy by the name of Michael Joseph Jackson becomes a mega pop star. With his afro, short stature, and big brown eyes, Michael's talent at singing makes crouds scream his name and the people of the world cannot get enough of him.
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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, – June 25, ) was an American singer, composer, dancer and entertainer, whose controversial personal life was part of the pop culture of the last quarter of 20th century.
Because of his enormous success, with over million records sold, Jackson was . Michael Jackson has gone through personal scandal, family squabbles and numerous career quakes but Michael Joseph Jackson remains one of the planet's best known figures.
Jackson has spent almost his entire life as a public performer. Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, , and entertained audiences nearly his entire life.
His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse).