Michael Jackson | Braves by their Broken Hearts!

Physically and mentally abused by his father in childhood. His childhood was lonely and isolated. How this lonely child became the king of Pop music around the globe? How he stood as an icon for music, dance and fashion of 20th century?

Michael Joseph Jackson | Biography

  • Michael Jackson was the eighth child out of ten in his family.
  • He was born to an African-American family.
  • His mother was a Clarinet and Piano player and father was a Guitarist in local band.
  • His father used to whip Michael regularly during rehearsals of Band and used to punish severely even for a small mistake. This was the reason Michael felt lonely in his childhood.
  • In his young age, Michael joined Jackson Brothers Band which was formed by his father and his siblings as a backup musician and vocalist.
  • In his young age, Michael Jackson performed dance at local auditoriums and high schools.
  • His solo albums became topmost in US. Some of his famous songs are, "Don't stop till you get Enough", "Beat It","Billie Jean".
  • At the age of just 21 years, he received three American Music Awards.
  • At his 25 years of age, his song THRILLER won eight Annual Grammy awards.
  • Had been suffered with severe skin problems and undergone several cosmetic surgeries to curb the rumors regarding his health.
  • He created a world wide sensation  with his Moonwalk dance.
  • At the 11th Annual American Music Awards, Jackson won another eight awards and became the youngest artist to win the Award of Merit. He also won Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Artist, and Favorite Pop/Rock Artist. 
  • "Beat It" won Favorite Soul/R&B Video, Favorite Pop/Rock Video and Favorite Pop/Rock Single. The album collectively won Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Pop/Rock Album.
  • Time described Jackson's influence as "star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too." 
  • The New York Times wrote "in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else."
  • In 1984 , during a simulated concert before a full house of fans, pyrotechnics accidentally set Jackson's hair on fire, causing second-degree burns to his scalp. Jackson underwent treatment to hide the scars and had his third Plastic surgery shortly thereafter.
  • On May 14, 1984, Jackson received a Presidential award for his support of alcohol and drug abuse charities.
  • His charitable work continued with the release of "We Are the World" (1985), which raised money for the poor in the US and Africa. It earned $63 million, and became one of the best-selling singles of all time. It won four Grammys for 1985, including Song of the Year for Jackson.
  • From mid 1980s, Michael's skin grew even paler and caused white patches on body. His skin gradually became sensitive to sunlight.
  • Jackson became friends with his dermatologist Arnold Klein and Klein's nurse Debbie Rowe. Rowe later became Jackson's second wife and the mother of his first two children.
  • He said he lost weight in the early 1980s because of a change in diet to achieve a dancer's body. Witnesses reported that he was often dizzy, and speculated he was suffering from anorexia nervosa. 
  • Periods of weight loss became a recurring problem later in his life.
  • In 1988, after his successful album BAD, Jackson released his auto-biography named "Moonwalk", which sold out 200,000 copies.
  • In his biography, Jackson discussed his childhood, the Jackson 5, and the abuse from his father. He attributed his changing facial appearance to three plastic surgeries, puberty, weight loss, a strict vegetarian diet, a change in hairstyle, and stage lighting.
  • He says, "If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, then make that change."
  • If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.
  • Jackson became known as the "King of Pop", a nickname that Jackson's publicists embraced. 
  • When Elizabeth Taylor presented him with the Soul Train Heritage Award in 1989, she called him "the true king of pop, rock and soul." 
  • President George H. W. Bush designated him the White House's "Artist of the Decade". 
  • From 1985 to 1990, Jackson donated $455,000 to the United Negro College Fund, and all profits from his single "Man in the Mirror" went to charity.
  • Jackson visited Africa in early 1992 where he was greeted by more than 100,000 people, some of them carrying signs that read "Welcome Home Michael".
  • In late 1995, Jackson was admitted to a hospital after collapsing during rehearsals for a televised performance, caused by a stress-related panic attack.
  • Jackson had taken propofol, lorazepam, and midazolam. His death was caused by a propofol overdose. 
  • News of his death spread quickly online, causing websites to slow down and crash from user overload, and putting unprecedented strain on services and websites including Google.


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