Before the controversies, legal battles, and all the showbiz fodder, there was Michael Jackson – born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana to a working-class family, he was the seventh of nine children.
Jackson flashed musical brilliance early in his life, performing in front of classmates and others during a Christmas recital at the tender age of five. In 1964, Michael together with Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine, respectively. Jackson later began performing backup vocals and dancing; at the age of eight, he and Jermaine assumed lead vocals, and the group’s name was changed to The Jackson 5. In 1966, they won a major local talent show with renditions of Motown hits and James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, led by Michael.
The Jackson 5 recorded several songs and signed with Motown Records in 1968. Rolling Stone magazine later described the young Michael as “a prodigy” with “overwhelming musical gifts”, noting that Michael “quickly emerged as the main draw and lead singer” after he began to dance and sing with his brothers. The group set a chart record when its first four singles (“I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”) peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Beginning in 1972, Jackson released a total of four solo studio albums with Motown, among them Got To Be There and Ben. These were released as part of the Jackson 5 franchise, and produced successful singles such as “Got to Be There”, “Ben” and a remake of Bobby Day’s “Rockin’ Robin”.
Throughout his legendary career, Michael Jackson had 29 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. 13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sale of over 750 million albums worldwide.
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While checking our bathroom safety products, I heard the song One Day In Your Life and I remember that we have a Michael Jackson – Classic: The Masters Collection album. I’ll try to look for it later.