Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. His father was Joe Jackson and his mother was Katherine Jackson. Michael was the eighth out of ten children in an African-American working-class family who lived in a two-bedroom house on Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana. Michael grew up with three sisters Rebbie, La Toya and Janet. Also five brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy. Michael had a sixth brother but he died shortly after birth.
The Jackson 5
A few years later, Michael, Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine work together and make a band, The Jackson 5. At first, their father does not approve, but later changes his mind and manages the band. Michael sings lead vocal on most of the songs that they perform. From 1966 to 1968 the band toured the Midwest, singing and performing in theaters and clubs. The Jackson 5 also performed at local auditoriums and high school dances. The group’s sales began declining in 1973, but they continued to score several top 40 hits, including the top five single “Dancing Machine”, before the group left Motown in 1975.
After a few years of singing songs and performing on stage, Michael leaves The Jackson 5 and starts his solo career. Michael first starts his solo career by singing “Ben” and it becomes Michael Jackson’s first number one single. Over the years he sang a lot of songs like: Thriller, Beat it, Smile, Scream, Black or White, and more. With a total of 217 songs and 8 albums, he earns a record eight Grammy’s and more than 150 gold and platinum awards. Michael Jackson invented the Moon Walk while performing on stage to his song ” Billie Jean “. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2001.
Later on, questions come about Jackson’s changing appearance, and some wonder if the singer has had plastic surgery. It was clear that the shape of his face was changed along with his skin tone. Although Michael was diagnosed with a skin disorder, Vitiligo, it was pretty clear that his skin had been bleached. At some point in the 1990’s, Jackson had become dependent on prescription drugs. Drug dependence means that a person needs a drug to function normally. He realized that he didn’t want to take these drugs so he went into rehab. While preparing for comeback concerts scheduled to begin in July 2009, Jackson died of intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest.