Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, the eighth of ten children. The great musician, who is the author of songs, stage productions, dancer, arranger, made a huge contribution not only to the world music industry, but also to world culture as a whole. He won 15 Grammy awards, 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson was listed in the Guinness Book of Records 25 times as the most successful artist of all time. His albums were released in millions of copies and sold worldwide. The ubiquitous journalists elevated him to the rank of king of pop.
Despite the fact that Michael was the youngest in his family, it was he who fascinated the audience with an unusual manner of dance, voice and behavior on stage. Together with his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermain, and Marlon, he was a member of The Jackson 5, which immediately gained popularity. He was the main vocalist and stood out among the brothers, which makes him a frontman, and then pushes to a solo career.
Thriller, released in 1982, was an overwhelming success and won 8 American Music Awards at once. And not in vain, because such vivid and at the same time frightening scenes delighted the audience, and the choreography, movements, and plasticity of the body were something new for that time. It was this album that made Michael Jackson a superstar. So far, only he and Whitney Houston have been fortunate enough to receive so many awards in one ceremony.
For the first time, Michael Jackson demonstrated his famous “Moon Walk” during the performance of the song “Billie Jean”. This is a dance movement that has become the hallmark of the singer. Christopher Smith of the Los Angeles Times describes his impressions of what he saw as follows:
“It was something unique. It was not even a roar, more like a screech all over the hall, as if everyone was scared at the same time. In two rows from me, two women hugged fiercely, literally clutching to each other, and at the same time did not take their eyes off the stage, as if trying to subconsciously hold on to this moment. Then, oddly enough, the crowd died down for 15 seconds. The first moonwalk caused a new flurry of cries. It is not surprising that after the concert there were people in the lobby trying to repeat it and understand the essence of its performance. ”
And another important feature of his character – Michael Jackson never remained indifferent to someone else’s misfortune. And in 1984, he and his brothers conduct the largest tour in North America and donate all the proceeds to charity.
In 1985, the charity single “We are World” was released by 45 famous American musicians. This song, which has become the most popular and fastest selling in the history of pop music, calls for uniting to help people starving in Africa, in particular Ethiopia.
Despite the fact that Michael had a difficult childhood, he always behaved like a child and built his dream estate “Neverland”, in which he invited disadvantaged children and played with them. He also founded the Heal the World Foundation.
According to the treating dermatologist Arnold Klein, Michael suffered from a genetic disease – vitiligo. A person with this ailment loses skin pigmentation and becomes covered with white spots. Over time, when the disease began to progress, Michael Jackson began to make up in white, which is why many mistakenly believed that he did not like his race and the color of his skin.
Throughout his life, Michael was surrounded by rumors and scandals, he was accused of all mortal sins. However, during all this time no one was able to “overthrow” the king of pop music … And on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50, his heart stopped beating.
But his songs remained. Songs that will sound, and even those that have never seen Michael will listen to them.
And there will still be his words, which he managed to leave us as a will:
“After all, the most important thing is to be honest with yourself and your loved ones. And also a lot of work. What exists now, will not repeat tomorrow. Go ahead! Fight! Improve and cultivate your talent! Be the best at what you do. Learn more about your type of activity than anyone living. Use what you have – be it books or the floor to dance, or water to swim. Wherever it is, it is yours. This is what I always try to remember”. (Michael Joseph Jackson.)