Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958, died June 25, 2009) was a widely celebrated American singer, songwriter, and dancer known as Michael Jackson. Dubbed the “King of Pop“, this talented singer is regarded as one of the most prominent cultural figures of the 20th century.

He had a blistering four-decade career for which his contributions to good music, super dance, and fashion, along with his controversial lifestyle, made him a global figure in popular culture.

Michael Jackson influenced many artists across several music genres. Through stage and video performances, he popularized complicated but the great dance moves such as the Moonwalk (to which he gave the name) and the robot dance. Little wonder he is the most awarded individual music artist in history.

Michael Jackson: History • Bio • Photo
Full Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Stage Name: Michael Jackson
Born: 29 August 1958 (age 50 years old)
Place of Birth: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: 25 June 2009, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.75 m
Parents: Joe Jackson, Katherine Jackson
Siblings: Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Joh Vonnie Jackson, Brandon David Jackson
Wife • Spouse: Debbie Rowe (m. 1996-1999), Lisa Marie Presley (m. 1994-2000)
Girlfriend • Partner: Grace Rwaramba (2002-2009), Tatiana Thumbtzen (1987-1988), Brooke Shields (1981-1993), Diana Ross (1977-1994), Stephanie Mills (1977-1980), Stephanie Anne Mills (2001), Maureen McCormick (1973), LaTonya Simmons (1972)
Children: Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II
Occupation: Singer • Songwriter
Net Worth: US$285 million-US$350 million

Early Life

Michael Jackson‘s birth occurred in Gary, Indiana, close to Chicago, on August 29, 1958. He was born into the Jackson family as the eighth of ten children. He came from a working-class African-American family who lived in a two-bedroom apartment on Jackson Street.

He is the son of Katherine Jackson (mother), who played clarinet and piano but had aspired to be a country-and-western performer. She worked part-time at Sears and was a Jehovah’s Witness.

On the other hand, his father was Joe Jackson, an ex-boxer who worked as a crane operator at U.S. Steel and played the guitar with a local rhythm and blues band called the Falcons to supplement the family’s income.


Nonetheless, in 1968, they signed a music contract with Motown Records, which required them to move to Los Angeles. The following year, they released their first album called Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. Its first single, I Want You Back, was a hit, followed by bestsellers ABCThe Love You Save, and I’ll Be There, with each peaking at No one on Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to the band, Michael Jackson launched his solo career as well. His first-ever solo single was titled Got to Be There. The song was widely enjoyed and was responsible for establishing his reputation as a solo artist.

The Jackson 5 band terminated its association with Motown Records in 1975. That same year, they linked up with Epic Records under a new name called The Jacksons.

Between 1976 and 1984, the band toured globally, releasing six new albums. Michael Jackson became a leading songwriter for the group and wrote numerous hits one after the other.

Meanwhile, he launched a solo album with Quincy Jones titled Off the Wall in the summer of 1979. The album became a tremendous hit and made a world record as the first-ever album to generate four U.S. top 10 hits. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, eventually selling over 20 million copies worldwide.

The need to create a more significant impact than the previous song, Off the Wall, led to the 1982 release of an album titled Thriller. The album was a grand blockbuster, breaking all records to becoming the best-selling album of all time worldwide.

The album topped the Billboard 200 chart for up to 37 weeks and remained in the top 10 of 200 for more than 80 weeks at a stretch. In the end, the album sold over 65 million copies worldwide and achieved Double Diamond status in the US.