Michael Jackson was popular as singer and songwriter from United of States. He was claimed to be the King of Pop. People recognized his works and became significant figure in pop culture industry. He released many albums and collaborations with various artists.
Until now, many modern artists cited his works, albums, songs, and performances as inspiration. He contributed in fashion, music, and dance. Besides, he also had controversial issue regarding his status.
Early Life and Career
His full name is Michael Joseph Jackson. He was born on August 29 1955 in Gary, Indiana. His was eight son in family. His family was from working class, but his father and mother had music instruments and taught all children.
His father formed group and he started to involve more as vocalist. The group had name the Jackson 5. They performed in several clubs until gained recognition.
The Jackson 5 had songs, including single Bad Boy (1968). First label was Steeltown Record then moved to Motown in 1969. Other successful singles are I Want You Back, I’ll be There, and The Love You Save.
Breakthrough and Popularity
Michael Jackson decided to pursue solo career. He signed to Epic and moved to New York. His fifth album was when breakthrough started in 1979. The album title is Off the Wall and it reached the number three in Billboard 200 chart.
He continued succeed to maintain popularity with new album, especially Thriller as sixth album. He won American Music Awards, and established as the best singers. The singles include Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin, and Beat It.
His next albums include Bad, Dangerous, and Invisible. He also released compilation albums, such as The Best of Michael Jackson and One Day in Your Life.
Personal Life and Death
In 1980s, Michael Jackson looks different and started to change his appearance. His skin looked lighter and pale that was different from his original dark brown. Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo that made his skin more sensitive.
Jackson married to Lisa Marie Presley in 1994. She had known him since childhood. Unfortunately, it lasted only two years. He married for second time to Debbie Rowe and had two children.
Michael Jackson might not have formal education or training for music. However, he was very proficiency in music notation. He took several artists as inspiration, and James Brown as the most substantial one.
Pop was his most common genre, but he also explored other areas. He put together various music styles like blues, soul, disco, rock, dance, new jack swing, and funk. He had distinct vocal style that changed during his life from childhood to adult.
Legacy and Other Works
The most legacy is his albums and songs that made him as King of Pop. Such title was high acclamation to what he had done in music, fashion, and entertainment industry.
He was considered as the biggest hit since The Beatles. Many singers, performers, and songwriters put him as their influence. His unique style, vocal, and performance became legacy. Michael Jackson received many awards, honors, and prizes. His name was in Hollywood Walk of fame since 1984.