MICHAEL JACKSON

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The King Of POP is an example of full force, super human music, & dance self expression skills. He is never replaceable.


Michael Joseph Jackson

(August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance, fashion, and philanthropy, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture. He influenced artists across many genres, and through stage and video performances, popularized complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk, to which he gave the name, and the robot. He is the most awarded music artist in history.



The eighth child of the family,

Michael Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. Jackson began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records, and became a solo star with his 1979 album Off the Wall. His music videos, including those for "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller" from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. He helped propel the success of MTV and continued to innovate with videos on the albums Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995). Thriller became the best-selling album of all time, while Bad was the first album to produce five US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", and "Dirty Diana".



From the late 1980s,

Jackson became a figure of controversy and speculation due to his changing appearance, relationships, behavior and lifestyle. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend. The lawsuit was settled out of civil court, and Jackson was not indicted due to lack of evidence. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges. In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, Jackson died from an overdose of propofoladministered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter.



Born

Michael Joseph Jackson

August 29, 1958

Gary, Indiana, U.S.

Died

June 25, 2009 (aged 50)

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Cause of death: Cardiac arrest

Buried

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale,

California, U.S.


Other Names

Michael Joe Jackson


Occupation

  • Singer

  • songwriter

  • dancer

Spouse(s)

Lisa Marie Presley (m. 1994; div. 1996)​


Debbie Rowe (m. 1996; div. 1999)​


FAMILY & CHILDREN

Michael Jr., Paris, and Blanket

Parent(s)

Joe Jackson

Katherine Jackson Jackson


Awards