Michael Jackson, The King Of Pop. Who can ever forget the King of Pop? Michael Jackson is an icon in the music industry. He was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and started his career as a child performer and lead vocalist of the Jackson 5. Even after his demise, the King of Pop has greatly influenced the music industry and is up to now still considered as an award winning and among the best singer songwriter in the whole world. His death last 2009 left thousands of fans weeping and was considered as a great loss in the industry. Dr. Conrad Murray, who took care of him was sentenced to four years imprisonment for involuntary manslaughter.
Michael Jackson came from a working class family with an African-American heritage. His father had his own musical aspirations. However, he worked as a crane operator in an effort to raise his family well. Michael Jackson started to sing when he was five years old and became the lead vocalist of the Jackson 5 band together with his older siblings. He was praised for his remarkable vocal range and at his very young age he has impressed countless audiences.
During the first few years of Jackson 5, it didn’t gain that much interest. They played in local clubs and they began gaining recognition. His childhood years as a performer was not easy. He still had to work hard. His father pushed them to reach their goals and they had to spend countless hours rehearsing up until their performance was perfect. The Jackson 5 worked with various performers and most of them were signed to the Motown record label. Berry Gordy, the founder or Motown, was impressed with the group and finally decided to sign them to his Motown label during the year 1968.
The Jackson 5 then moved to Los Angeles and had their father as their group’s manager. They got the opportunity to live with Gordy and Diana Ross and by the year 1969, Jackson 5 was officially introduced to the music industry.
By the age of 13, Michael Jackson started his solo career. He had his first No. 1 solo single entitled BEN in the year 1972. Although he had a career of his own, he was still part of the Jackson 5. Gordy wrote the songs which the group and Michael Jackson sang as a solo artist. The group grew in popularity and they even had a cartoon show named after them which ran for two years from 1971 to 1973.
By 1975, the Jacksons and Motown Label had to break ties due to some issues. Jermain Jackson, brother of Michael, decided to stay with the label however, his singles were no match to Michael’s hit songs. Michael and his brothers changed the name of their band to the Jacksons and teamed up with Epic Records. He and his brothers penned all of their songs. His 1979, “Off The Wall” solo album hit the charts and his songs were a unique blend of funk and pop. Some of his award winning singles included “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. His other songs that wowed the music industry included “She’s Out Of My Life” and “Rock With You”. With his growing success, he started to go solo for good.
Michael Jackson, who has already established a name for himself, became the endorser of several brands. He signed a $5 million contract with Pepsi-Cola. In 1984, he was badly injured on his face and scalp while filming one commercial. His experimentations with cosmetic surgery started after his treatment for his injuries.
In 1993, child molestation allegations sprouted when a 13 year old boy claimed that the music icon fondled him. This was the first allegation against the star although he has been known to have held several sleep overs at his Neverland Ranch. Police investigations were conducted but no form of evidence was found. There were other complaints filed against Jackson but he had always maintained his innocence. Various other issues came up and in 1995, Jackson’s musical career started to decline.
He released other albums including the “Invincible” however, his odd behavior was given more publicity than his talent. He had undergone several plastic surgeries and he was often seen with a surgical mask covering his face. He received more criticisms when he dangled his son over a balcony in 2002. In 2003, his reputation was again tested after the release of the TV documentary, “Living with Michael Jackson”. Where he admitted that he was still having sleepovers at his ranch and that he was even sharing his bed to young boys.
In 2004, he was arrested for other allegations. His trial in 2005 was a media circus and more than a hundred people testified during the trial. After all these, Michael Jackson was acquitted however he had financial problems and his reputation was greatly affected. He had his ups and downs from the years 2005-2009. He had even planned his comeback and was able to sell all the tickets for his “This Is It” Tour. Sadly, Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 due to cardiac arrest.