Michael Jackson, singer
Jackson 5
birth name: Michael Joseph Jackson

Michael Jackson

August 29, 1958, Gary, IN ~ June 25, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

In the late 1960s Motown took a chance on five brothers from Gary, Indiana. They hit it big almost immediately, scoring with ‘ABC,’ ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘I'll Be There.’ On their first national tour the group experienced insane crowds of screaming girls. The attention thrilled the older boys, but absolutely terrified 11-year-old Michael. ~ Rolling Stone Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments: 1970/the Jackson 5 ~ retrieved August 3, 2013 © Rolling Stone

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August 29, 1981 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Joey Scarbury, Theme From Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not) ~ #2 (4) The Pointer Sisters, Slow Hand ~ #1 (1) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Endless Love


“Build a statue of me!” whispered Jacko in 1995 when Sony asked how he wanted to promote the HIStory album. The label built nine in various European cities and the 2,000-kilo UK model was so massive that when it sailed down the Thames, Tower Bridge had to be opened to accommodate it. ~ Virgin Media: Shameless Publicity Stunts ~ retrieved July 7, 2015 © Virgin Media

Michael Jackson ~ Ranked #25 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ When somebody gets as big as he did, you lose sight of how avant-garde and revolutionary they are, but Michael Jackson pushed the boundaries of pop and R&B. ~ Patrick Stump ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

Michael Jackson ~ Off The Wall (1979) ~ #465 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

The Jackson 5

For the period, 1970-74, there was no Soul group - in fact no musical act in the world - that was bigger than the Jackson 5. The five brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson were household names among people of every age and race, and set the stage for dozens of child and teenage groups that would later emerge (though none would ever match the intense popularity the Jackson 5 enjoyed). ~ Soultracks: Jackson 5 ~ retrieved December 22, 2013 © Soul Tracks

The Jackson 5 ~ Inducted in the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ In the words of Motown founder Berry Gordy, the Jackson 5 were “the last big stars to come rolling off my assembly line.” ~ 1997 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Jackson 5 ~ Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (1969) ~ #154 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

The Jackson 5 ~ I Want You Back ~ Ranked #335 RIAA Songs Of The Century in 2001

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