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Biography of Mychael Kackson

Biography of Mychael Kackson

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 in full Michael Joseph Jackson( 1958 ± 2009 )
Singer, songwriter. Jackson was born August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, to anAfrican-American working-class family. His father,Joseph Jackson, had been aguitarist but had put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family as acrane operator. Believing his sons had talent, he molded them into a musical groupin the early 1960s. At first, the Jackson Family performers consisted of Michael'solder brothersTito,Jermaine, andJackie. Michael joined his siblings when he was five, and emerged as the group's lead vocalist. He showed remarkable range anddepth for such a young performer, impressing audiences with his ability to conveycomplex emotions. Older brother Marlonalso became a member of the group,which evolved into theThe Jackson 5.Behind the scenes, Joseph Jackson pushed his sons to succeed. He was alsoreportedly known to become violent with them. Michael and his brothers spentendless hours rehearsing and polishing up their act. At first, the Jackson 5 played
local gigs and built a strong following. They recorded one single on their own,"Big Boy" with the b-side "You've Changed," but it failed to generate muchinterest.The Jackson 5 moved on to working an opening act for such R&B artists asGladysKnightand the Pips, James Brown, and Sam and Dave. Many of these performerswere signed to the legendary Motown record label, and it has been reported thatGladys Knight may have been the one to tell Motown founder Berry Gordy aboutthe Jackson 5. Impressed by the group, Gordy signed them to his label in 1968.Relocating to Los Angeles, Michael and his brothers started work on their musicand dancing with their father as their manager. They lived with Gordy and alsowith Supremes singer Diana Ross when they first arrived there. In August 1969,the Jackson 5 was introduced to the music industry at a special event, and later served as the opening act for the Supremes. Their first album,
 Diana Ross Presentsthe Jackson 5,
hit the charts in December of that year. It's first single, "I Want YouBack," hit No. 1 on the
Hot 100 chart in January 1970.More chart-topping singles quickly followed, such as "ABC," "The Love YouSave," and "I'll Be There." At the age of 13, Jackson launched a solo career inaddition to his work with the Jackson 5. He made the charts in 1971 with "Got toBe There" from the album of the same name. His 1972 album,
, featured theeponymous ballad about a rat. The song became Jackson's first solo No. 1 single.For several years, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 maintained a busy tour andrecording schedule, under the supervision of Berry Gordy and his Motown staff.Gordy wrote many of the songs recorded by the group and by Michael Jackson as a
solo artist. The group became so popular that they even had their own self-titledcartoon show, which ran from 1971 to 1973.Despite Jackson's individual achievements and the group's great success, there wastrouble between the Jacksons and their record company. Tensions mounted between Gordy and Joseph Jackson over the management of his children's careers,and their level of participation in making their music. The Jacksons wanted morecontrol over their recordings, which led to most of the Jacksons breaking ties withMotown in 1975. Jermaine Jackson remained with the label and continued to pursue a solo career, having previously released several albums²none of whichhad matched the success of his younger brother Michael. Now calling themselves the Jacksons, the group signed a new recording deal withEpic Records. With 1978's
, Michael Jackson and his brothers (which bynow included younger brother Randy) emerged as talented songwriters, penning allof the record's tracks. Working with producer Quincy Jones, Michael Jacksonwowed the music world with his next solo album, 1979's
Off the Wall 
. It featuredan infectious blend of pop and funk with such hit tracks as the Grammy Award-winning "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," and the title track.He also found success with the ballad "She's Out of My Life."The overwhelmingly positive response to Michael's latest solo album also helped buoy the Jacksons' career as well.
(1980) sold more than one millioncopies, and the brothers went on an extensive tour to support the recording.Jackson, however, began to branch out on his own more. Teaming up with rock legend Paul McCartney, Jackson sang on their 1982 duet, "The Girl Is Mine,"which nearly reached the top of the pop charts.

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