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MICHAEL JACKSON

KING OF POP (1958-2010)

With a voice to match his sweet face, Michael Jackson spent his childhood in the limelight as the youngest member of the Jackson 5, a Motown group, with four of his brothers.  Before he could vote, he was a millionaire and solo recording artist.  By the time he was 21 years he was a hit-making machine, recording the brightest and best pop-dance songs, and when he was just 25, he was the biggest recording star in the world.  But, in the 90s, the self-proclaimed "King Of Pop" persona was taking over, and vicious rumors shrouded his once fairy tale life. 

While Jackson didn't write all of his songs, he penned the majority, and those he didn't he in a sense made it his own once he sang them.  With the glove, a red jacket, and a pocket full of pretty pop ditties that mad millions walk as if they were dancing on the moon, weird and eccentric Jackson became an immensely successful, world-renowned pop icon-to say the least.  Rocking off a string of hits with the Jackson 5, the kid from Gary, Indiana, recorded two records with his Brothers in the early 70s, resulting in a couple of bubblegum pop hits "My Girl," "Rockin Robin" and "Got To Be There,"  At the closing of the 70s, Jackson and Diana Ross starred in "The Wiz," which was produced by Quincy Jones. 

 

Revised: July 18, 2013.