Biography of Michael Jackson Essay

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“The best education you can get is to watch the masters at work.” Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star ever! He had become a superstar since he was little. He had many great songs throughout his career. He had become an instant star!
Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was born into an African American working class family. His mom and dad were Katherine and Joseph Jackson. Joseph put aside his music to provide for the family. He knew his sons had talents so he molded them into a singing group in the early 1960’s.
They are known as the Jackson 5. Michael joined the group when he was five and he became the groups lead vocalist. He impressed the audience with his young age, voice, and dance moves.
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Jackson created the dance himself and choreographed the dance sequences for the video “Beat It.” His most elaborate video was for the albums title track. John Landis directed this horror-tinged video. It featured complex dance scenes, special effects, and a voice-over by actor Vincent Price. The video for “Thriller” became immensely popular, boosting sales for the already popular album. (Michael Jackson Biography) It stayed on the charts for 80 weeks holding the No. 1 spot for 37 weeks. Thriller earned 12 Grammy Award nominations and won 8 of those awards. (Michael Jackson Biography)
Jackson received Grammy Awards for best rhythm and blues song, best pop vocal and best rock vocal. The songs that won him those awards were “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” and “Beat It.” At the top of his game Jackson signed a $5 million endorsement deal with Pepsi-Cola. He suffered burns to his scalp and face while filming the commercial. Releasing his follow-up to Thriller in 1987, Jackson reached the top of the charts with Bad. It featured five No. 1 hits, including “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and the title track. Jackson spent a year on the road, playing concerts to promote his album. Bad was not able to duplicate the massive sales of Thriller. Jackson’s music continued to enjoy wide-spread popularity in the upcoming years. In 1993, he performed several important events, including

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