Michael Jackson: A Star Among Stars
Michael Jackson is the biggest pop star of the 80s, and is one of the most popular musi-cians of all time. Jackson stood out from the crowd with his unique voice, eye-popping dance moves, dominant stage presence and musical versatility. Michael Jackson had 12 number 1 rec-ords, 51 million copies sold of Thriller, 80 million copies of the others and 13 Grammy Awards but beneath all the numbers there was a man whose achievements were far greater. His success in the ‘80s opened up white America to black music. Without Jackson there is no Prince, no Chris Brown and no Usher. Michael’s influence far surpasses music as his influences defines modern Hollywood.
Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. Michael Jackson was the eight of ten children born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Katherine Jackson was an adept musician who played the clarinet and piano. Joe Jackson was a former drummer and guitarist in a blues band. With the heavy influence from their parents the children began to develop their tal-ents from a young age. Joe Jackson used strict discipline to train Michael and his brothers. After three years of training, Joe Jackson formed the “The Jackson Five” which included Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon. At five-years-old Michael was already the star in the band with his vocals and dance moves executing routines honoring James Brown and Sammy Davis Jr..
From the very beginning Michael was the star. It began with just winning talent shows at local high schools but in 1968 they had their first big break. They appeared at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, which all African-American artists of the time used as a springboard, where they caught the attention of Suzanne dePasse of Motown. After receiving the recommendation, Berry Gordy of Motown quickly signed the brothers. Berry Gordy personally took part in training the boys’, teaching them proper manners, proper language and gentlemanly table...