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Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, they prodded their growing family's musical interests at home. By the early 1960s, the older boys Jackie, Tito and Jermaine had begun performing around the city; by 1964, Michael and Marlon had joined in.A musical prodigy, Michael's singing and dancing talents were amazingly mature, and he soon became the dominant voice and focus of the Jackson 5. An opening act for such soul groups as the O-Jays and James Brown, it was Gladys Knight (not Diana Ross) who officially brought the group to Berry Gordy's attention, and by 1969, the boys were producing back-to-back chart-busting hits as Motown artists ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Got to Be There," etc.). As a product of the 1970s, the boys emerged as one of the most accomplished black pop / soul vocal groups in music history, successfully evolving from a group like The Temptations to a disco phenomenon.Solo success for Michael was inevitable, and by the 1980s, he had become infinitely more popular than his brotherly group. Record sales consistently orbited, culminating in the biggest-selling album of all time, "Thriller" in 1982. A TV natural, he ventured rather uneasily into films, such as playing the Scarecrow in The Wiz, but had much better luck with elaborate music videos.In the 1990s, the downside as an 1980s pop phenomenon began to rear itself. Michael grew terribly child-like and introverted by his peerless celebrity. A rather timorous, androgynous figure to begin with, his physical appearance began to change drastically, and his behavior grew alarmingly bizarre, making him a consistent target for scandal-making, despite his numerous charitable acts. Two brief marriages -- one to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley -- were forged and two children produced by his second wife during that time, but the purposes behind them appeared image-oriented. Despite it all, Jackson's passion and artistry as a singer, dancer, writer and businessman are unparalleled, and it is these prodigious talents that will ultimately prevail over the extremely negative aspects of his seriously troubled adult life.

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Michael Jackson -- Hologram Triggers Gun, Hitler Threats

Michael Jackson
Hologram Triggers Gun, Hitler Threats

A feud over the Michael Jackson hologram triggered a war so fierce between 2 prominent men ... a judge has now ordered one of them to 86 his firearms and his Hitler pics.You may recall the epic MJ… READ MORE >

Michael Jackson -- Kids Visit His Hometown for Birthday Celebration

Michael Jackson
Kids Visit His Hometown for Birthday Celebration

On what would have been his 56th birthday, Michael Jackson's three kids -- Paris, Prince and Blanket -- visited his hometown of Gary, Indiana for a family celebration.The occasion marked the first… READ MORE >

- 52 days ago
Michael Jackson -- Maids Say Neverland Mansion Laced with Pee and Poop

MIchael Jackson
Maids Say Neverland Mansion Laced with Pee and Poop

Michael Jackson threatened his staff with animal poop balls ... and would freely piss all over the house ... so claim 3 former Neverland maids.The 3 maids spoke with the New York Post, but did not… READ MORE >

- 73 days ago
Michael Jackson Accuser -- MJ Had Secret Code Words For Abusing Me

Michael Jackson Accuser
MJ Had Secret Code Words For Abusing Me

Michael Jackson had code words and signals that he used with a boy he allegedly molested to describe various sex acts ... including "duck butter."James Safechuck -- now 36 -- claims in his lawsuit… READ MORE >

- 77 days ago
Michael Jackson Estate -- Sues Over Sale of MJ Concert Pics

Michael Jackson Estate
Sues Over Sale of MJ Concert Pics

Michael Jackson's Estate is suing a movie memorabilia store for auctioning off historic photos from MJ's heyday -- and duping potential buyers with a get-rich-quick scheme.The pics are from the… READ MORE >

- 89 days ago
Da Brat -- The MJ Sophie's Choice ... Michael Jackson or Michael Jordan?

Da Brat
The MJ Sophie's Choice ... Jordan or Jackson?

Da Brat tackled the biggest MJ debate of them all -- and it turns out there's NO ONE better to settle the ongoing issue.The question, of course ... who's more popular around the world --… READ MORE >

- 92 days ago
Michael Jackson Death Anniversary -- Fans Flock to Burial Site

Michael Jackson
Fans Flock to Burial Site For Death Anniversary

Michael Jackson's devoted fans made their annual pilgrimage to Forest Lawn Cemetery Wednesday to pay their respects on the 5th anniversary of his death.Many of the fans wore iconic MJ … READ MORE >

- 118 days ago
Michael Jackson -- Conrad Murray Has a Cow on 5-Year Death Anniversary

Michael Jackson
Conrad Has a Cow On 5-Year Death Anniversary

Dr. Conrad Murray mocked the 5-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death by popping into a convenience store for a bottle of milk.In case you don't remember, Michael's code word for Propofol --… READ MORE >

- 119 days ago
Michael Jackson -- Fan Sues Estate ... I Don't Hear Enough MJ on His Disc

Michael Jackson
Fan Sues Estate ... I Don't Hear Enough MJ on This MJ Disc

One irate Michael Jackson fan is suing his Estate because she thinks MJ was not the lead singer on 3 of his songs on the 2010 CD, "Michael" ... the first release after his death.The woman… READ MORE >

- 131 days ago
Jermaine Jackson -- Michael Jackson Would've Set Justin Bieber Straight

Jermaine Jackson
MJ Would Have Set Bieber Straight

Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber would've been tight ... so says Jermaine Jackson ... but he also thinks MJ would have put the Biebs in his place.Our photog spotted Jermaine at LAX yesterday, and… READ MORE >

- 132 days ago

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