Michael Jackson, The greatest pop artist of all time, redefined the musical sphere with his enthralling yet innovative musical outings. He brought a sea change to the notion of pop music through incorporating new ways to transcend the musical realm across the globe. The multitudes of creative roles viz. singer, writer, actor made him one of the monumental figures of world music who not only contributed to expand its reach across the continents but simply amplified its inherent essence.
Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana to an African-American family of Joseph Walter Jackson and Katherine Esther Scruse. Unable to look after his family of three daughter and five sons while pursuing his interests in guitar, Joseph Walter Jackson reverted himself to work to make ends meet. It was Joseph Walter Jackson who encouraged the potentials of his sons in music and eventually formed a musical brand named “Jackson 5”.
After lukewarm response to their initial musical outings, Jackson 5 later moved on to Los Angeles from Gary to further bolster their reach across the country and abroad. It was the album “ Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5” who brought them to the limelight and eventually garnered scores of praise from the both musical fraternity and avid listeners with "I Want You Back” slotting into the top of the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their following compositions viz. "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There." continued the momentum by earning the Jackson 5 much fanfare and a prominent mention in the industry owing to their hard work and perseverance. After their earlier association with Berry Gordy and Motown, Jackson 5 entered into agreements with Epic records that saw their album ‘‘Destiny’ enjoying enormous success everywhere.
After the years of musical outings with “Jackson 5”, Michael Jackson stormed into the U.S. charts with his solo album "Off the Wall” that saw him achieving the much coveted feat of having four songs viz. "Off the Wall", "She's Out of My Life", "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You" in the top ten hits. He won Grammy in the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance category for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" besides sweeping Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Male Artist, and Single honors at American Music Awards along with Billboard Year-End recognition for Top Black Artist and Top Black Album.
Michael Jackson’s next offering “Thriller” included the likes of "Billie Jean", "Beat It", and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin’ taken the musical world by storm to become the best selling album of all time besides sweeping seven Grammy’s and 8 American Awards. He also became the first ever youngest artist to win the coveted ‘Award of Merit’. In 1987 he returned to spotlight with his album “Bad” registering upward sales along with dominating the charts with “Bad’, "Man in the Mirror," "The Way You Make Me Feel".
In 2001, ‘Invincible’ hit the music stores and eventually posted good sales throughout the globe and managed to make it to the charts. ‘Invincible’ was certainly an improvement over “HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I (1995)” which failed to garner as much praise as “Thriller’ and ‘Bad” did at a time when he was charged with alleged child sexual abuse but later acquitted of all the charges thereby restoring his credibility which was tarnished by a host of allegations. In 2009 he made public his plans of his last world tour titled “This is it” and subsequently delved himself into the preparations. In the run up to his much awaited world tour, he died on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles after suffering a cardiac arrest. His death not only left a void in global pop musical realm but an irreparable loss that could never be filled among the multilingual spectrum of his vivid fans across continents.
Children : Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. Prince Michael II Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson
(FOLLOWER OF Mr. MICHAEL JACKSON)
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