“IF YOU ENTER THIS WORLD KNOWING YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU LEAVE THE WORLD KNOWING THE SAME.
THEN EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN CAN BE DEALT WITH”
Michael Jackson “the King of Pop” was the record breaking show-stopping singer/ dancer that inspired millions. Jackson ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time.
His 1982 album “Thriller” which included the blockbuster hits “Beat It,” “Billie Jean”. “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide.
He won 13 Grammys. Jackson’s 13 No. 1 one hits on the Billboard charts put him behind only Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey.
He suffered a cardiac arrest and died at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 50 years old.
He is survived by his three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Ind to Joe and Katherine Jackson – the seventh child in a family of nine kids.
He was 4 years old when he began singing with his brothers – Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito in the Jackson 5. The group set chart records with its first four singles, including “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”
He got the plum Scarecrow role in the 1978 movie musical “The Wiz,” a pop version of “The Wizard of Oz,” that starred Diana Ross as Dorothy.
Michael Jackson released his solo album “Off the Wall”, co-produced with Jones. The disc spawned monster hits including “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock With You.”
On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed his single “Billie Jean” live on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special, where he debuted a dance, the moonwalk, that was to become his signature move.
Michael Jackson was named the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” by the Guinness World Records, Michael Jackson is among the most highly acclaimed and influential artists in pop culture. He was named the World Music Award’s Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium and received the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.