Michael Jackson| American Superstar

 A musical prodigy, Michael Jackson's singing and dancing talents were amazingly mature,and focus of The Jackson 5 comprising his brothers Jackie,Tito,Jermaine and Marlon..

          An opening act for such soul groups as the O-Jays and James Brown,it was Gladys Kight who officially brought the group to Berry Gordy;s attention,and by 1969,the boys were producing back-to-back chartbusting hits as Motown artists ("I Want You Back","ABC"."Never can Say Goodbye","Got to Be There,"etc.). As a product of the 1970s,the boys emerged as one of the most accomplished black pop/soul vocal groups in music history,successfully evoliving from a group like The Temptations to a disco phenomenon.

            Michael Jackson was born in Gary,Indiana,on August 29,1958,and entertained audiences nearly his entire life.His father,Joe Jackson,had been a guitarist but was forced to give up his musical interests at home.

Solo success for Michael was inevitable,and by the 1980s,he had become infinitely more popular than his brotherly group.Record sales consistently orbited,culminating in the biggest-selling album of all time,"Thriller" in 1982.A TV natural,he ventured rather uneasily into films,such as playing the Scarecrow in The Wiz (1978),but had muth better luck with elaborate music videos.

            In 1977 Michael made his first film debut when he starred in the musical "The Wiz"playing Scarecrow with Diana Ross in the lead role of Dorothy.In 1984 Michael won a record breaking 8 Grammy awards in one night.The awards were for his work on the 'Thriller' album and narrative for the 'ET Storybook'.

            After many successes in September,2001 Michael celebrated his 30th anniversary as a solo artist with two concerts to be held in New York.USA.Later in March 2009,Michael annouced a shock comeback tour at the O2 Arena in London to start in July 2009,intially for 10 dates but the total grew to a sold out 50 dates with over 750,000 tickets sold.All sold tickets sold out within minutes of being released.

            In the 1990s,the downside as an 1980s pop phenomenon began to rear itself. Michael grew terribly child-like and introverted by his peerless celebrity.A rather timorous,androgynous figure to begin with,his physical appearance began to change drastically,and his behavior grew alarmingly for scandal-making,despite his numerous charitable acts.

            Two brief marriages-one to Elvis presley's daughter Lisa Maric Presley-were forged and two children produced by his second wife during that time,but the purposes behind then appeared image-oriented.Despite it all,Michael Jackson's passion and artistry as a singer,dancer,writer and businessman are unparalleled,and it is these prodigious talents that will ultimately prevall over the extermely negative aspects of his seriously troubled abult life.

            For it all to end on June 25,2009,with his sudden death at age 50 of a drug-induced cardiac arrest,just as he was coming out of a four-year reclusive period and rehearsing for a sold-out London concert "comeback" in July,seems uncommonly cruel and tragic. Millions upon millions of dedicated fans will remember where they were "the day Michael died".


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