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Photo montage of Michael Jackson
Photo montage of Michael Jackson by Julian Tale.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the fifth child of Katherine and Joe Jackson. Michael had five siblings that were all brothers. Jackson’s dad wanted to have a music career but had to give it up in order to take care of his children. He worked at a steel plant and operated a crane. Since Joe couldn’t pursue his dreams, he had his children live that dream. In 1964, the Jackson 5 was created but it wasn’t until the age of 5 that Michael joined to be the lead singer.

Later in life, Berry Gordy (founder of Motown records) heard Michael's voice and signed him in 1969. Then, Jackson started his solo career. Because Jackson was just a young child, he kept growing and later on Jackson hit puberty and his voice started to change.

In 1979, Jackson became an actor; he played a role in the movie “The Wiz,” which was an urban version of the “The Wizard of Oz.” Michael’s producer Jones collaborated with Michael to make an album; which was called “Off the Wall.” The album sold to approximately 10 million copies. In 1982, again, Jones and Michael collaborated to make one of Michael’s biggest albums and singles, “Thriller” and other songs such as “Billie Jean” and “Beat it.” Those three songs made Michael the king of pop.

In May 1994 Michael became a husband by marrying Lisa Marie Presley (Daughter of Elvis Presley), but the marriage didn’t last the long, two years later they divorced.

June 25, 2009 Michael died in Los Angeles, CA. It is believe that Michael's doctor gave him prescribed medication that he overdosed on and which caused his death. His pop music is still influential.



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