About Michael Jackson

The King of Pop’s career began in childhood, singing with his older brothers in a group called the Jackson 5, created by his father. Michael Jackson and his brothers sang at local venues, recorded a single entitled Big Boy, and were part of the opening act for other singers, like Gladys Knight and the Pips. After moving to Los Angeles, the group finally saw some real success, when Diana Ross introduced them to the music industry and helped them with their first album. At the age of thirteen, Michael Jackson began his solo career. He instantly hit the charts with his first album, but continued singing with the family group as well. The Jackson 5 began struggling, while Michael continued to achieve success. By the 1980s, Michael Jackson’s solo career was exploding, and he had gained worldwide recognition. When Jackson’s music video for the song Thriller debuted, it was an instant sensation. The Thriller album hit number one, and stayed there for 20 months, generating 12 Grammy nominations and 8 wins. Jackson’s talents turned him into a living legend, and he achieved the longest span of U.S. Top 40 singles, and became a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, Michael suffered an accident while filming a commercial for Pepsi-Cola, and it was about that time that some of his eccentricities began to show. In 2009, Michael Jackson planned a new concert tour called the Final Curtain Call, and all the tickets sold out within four hours. The final concert never happened as Jackson suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 50. His legendary status remains today, and he will forever remain known as the King of Pop.