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

Michael Jackson

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

Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the '80s, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time. In his prime, Jackson was an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power. His 1982 blockbuster Thriller became the biggest-selling album of all time (probably his best-known accomplishment), and he was the first black artist to find stardom on MTV, breaking down innumerable boundaries both for his race and for music video as an art form. ~ Allmusic: Michael Jackson ~ retrieved August 3, 2013 © Allmusic

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August 29, 2009 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #2 (66) Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West, Run This Town ~ #3 (2) Miley Cyrus, Party In The U.S.A. ~ #1 (1) The Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling


“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

Michael Jackson ~ Thriller (1983) ~ Awarded a Grammy Award for Album Of The Year.

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 1999 Vocal Group 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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