Michael was born to a huge family on August 29th, 1958. He had three sisters (Rebbie,
La Toya, and Janet) and five brothers (Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy). He
was the third youngest with Randy and Janet both being younger. The Jacksons were
poor and lived in a small house with just two bedrooms for eleven people when he was
a kid, Michael, along with his siblings, performed as a local song and dance act.
Dubbed The Jackson Brothers, this family band performed on TV and radio in the area,
soon gaining huge exposure in USA. They expanded the band’s path, Rebranded in
new appeal for the fans, and were soon calling themselves The Jackson 5.
Under Motown Records, Michael was quickly the rising star of the group, dominating its
vocal parts and standing out due to his fantastic and stylish dance steps. After a set of
hits, the band left Motown Records in the mid1970s, and Michael came out to build his
own career, searching for success as a solo artist. He certainly found it. Working with
Sony Music (Epic Records), he released Off The Wall in 1979, an album with numerous
hits and radio favorites. Searching for a historic release, his next album was One Day
in Your Life, he released it on 1981, and then he started completing the legendary
Thriller album with the same record label (Epic Records). Thriller went on to become
the world’s highest selling album in history, marking more than 32 million copies sold.
Thriller won eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including for Album of the Year
Jackson’s successes seem to be a mix of luck and his solo talent, the singer was
actually famous in the industry for his incredible working style. The crew that worked
with Jackson on the Thriller (1982) and Bad (1987) albums recall him spending back to
back nights in the recording studio, often trying to change just a single vocal line or to
make a tiny little change to a single song. Then he extended his skills to live
performances. His Backup dancers and stage assistants had to work with him late
nights and early morning practicing the dancing steps and other performances to make
sure everything is perfect, his solo parts, and his stylish stage acts. Normally he slept
only one or two hours a night, and spent the rest of the day working endlessly to make
his performance perfect.
His father was a cruel and cold man, who forced his kids to practice and work endlessly
to perfect their craft. While Jackson denounced his dad’s abusive ways and violent, he
has always said that he was an influence on his working style and attitude.
When he was fifty years old, Michael died of a heart attack on 25th June, 2009. The
heart attack was likely caused by drugs he was used to take to help him sleep following
his death, Michael’s career took on a new way, and his immense and longlasting career
have been seen as a symbol of what can happen through a perfect deal of ambition and
hard work. Pop icon and allround entertainer, his great success, both as a Singer and
as a Dancer, make him a great source of inspiration.