Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he is considered one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century.
In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers – a father-formed band that included Jackie, Tito and Jermaine – as support musicians who played congas and tambourine. Later that year, Michael began sharing lead vocals with Jermaine and the group’s name was changed to Jackson 5.
Jackson is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide. Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated sales of 66 million copies worldwide.
Michael grew up in a large family. He had five brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy) and three sisters (Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet). Michael was the third youngest with Randy and Janet both being younger. The Jacksons were fairly poor and lived in a small house with just two bedrooms for eleven people.
Jackson has been called the “King of Pop” because he transformed the art of video clips and paved the way for modern pop music. For much of Jackson’s career, he had an unprecedented global influence on the younger generation.