Few artists in history have had as much influence on music as Michael Jackson. His unique voice, singing style, and dance moves have influenced some of the biggest names in pop culture, from Justin Timberlake to Britney Spears to Usher and beyond. Here are 10 things you need to know about the King of Pop: how Michael Jackson became an icon, why he became an icon, and how his legend lives on today.
1) The Early Years
Michael was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and was named for his father Joseph. Mike started singing with his brothers in the 1950s at a young age and created a love for music. In 1968, he made his first solo album titled Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.
In 1971, at age 13, he became a lead singer of the Jackson 5 as they released their second album entitled Lookin’ Through The Windows.
2) His Rise To Fame
There’s no question that the King of Pop had one of the most dominating careers in music history. But what you may not know is how he started out and all about his most memorable moments. What makes a successful pop star?
Michael Jackson was a child prodigy who burst onto the music scene as a solo artist with his first album Got To Be There in 1972, at age eleven.
3) How He Became a Legend
Michael was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and grew up with four siblings. His father Joseph was a steel mill worker while his mother Katherine was a homemaker. By the time he was 14 years old, he had already been performing as a vocalist for The Falcons, who were one of Jackie Wilson’s backing bands.
4) His Final Days
On June 25, 2009, M.J. suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed during a 50-minute ambulance ride to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. His personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray was with him, along with paramedics…
M.J at the time had multiple prescriptions for several different drugs, one being Diprivan (or Propofol), which Murray admitted giving him and also said that Jackson asked for it during the hospital ride.
5) After His Death
A lot can happen in ten years. In 2009, the King of Pop died at the age of 50 due to an overdose from Propofol and other sedatives, leaving a legacy that will never be forgotten. It’s been a long time since his death but we are all still wondering who would best fit into his signature red leather jacket as he made history as one of the greatest pop stars that ever lived.
6) His Legacy and Influences
Michael Jackson was a global icon and cultural force who remains at the forefront of public consciousness, even after his death. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion have been unmatched, transcending race and class lines. Furthermore, he has had an indelible impact on broader society through his philanthropy.
7) His Influence on Culture and Music
Michael Jackson was one of the most prolific pop stars in history, with records that still stand today. His death has resulted in a great outpouring of grief, but what most people don’t know is just how much he contributed to our society.
8) When He Was On Trial
When Jackson was on trial for allegations of sexual molestation in 1993, a jury acquitted him. The fact that he was found not guilty is proof that the allegations were trumped up and the jury knew it. That’s why they took only an hour to deliberate before returning their verdict.
As far as we know, no charges have ever been filed against Jackson by anyone else in any other jurisdiction related to alleged child molestation or abuse.
9) His Later Years
Despite his crippling drug addiction, years of legal battles, and a very difficult relationship with the press, MJ consistently managed to churn out new material for his fans. His last project was an album featuring collaborations with artists including Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, Chris Brown and Elton John. He also planned a world tour before his untimely death in 2009. To this day he remains one of the most iconic figures in popular music history.
10) What We May Never Know
I will be the first to admit that I do not know everything about The King of Pop, but there are some things that I do know. Although it has been years since we heard his voice or saw him on TV, some who have met him in person say he was a kind and down-to-earth guy. Who knows what would have happened if fate had been kinder to him?