Biography project for Mrs Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class by Alek Melkonian
Michael Joseph Jackson was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and died June 25, 2009 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
Michael Jackson grew up in a 2 bedroom house in an all black neighborhood. Joe Jackson (the father) taught the kids how to play music but, he regularly hit them and it was understandable that the Jackson children were afraid of him.
This is the Jackson 5
Significant Events that Affected his life
Michael Jackson as you know is a very good singer. When his mom one day heard him singing in the house on day, she asked him to be the leading singer in the Jackson 5. The Jackson 5 went big and signed with Motown to start recording songs. Jackson at that point, got tired of the group and broke away to become solo. Michael was very successful, he released the album Thriller and that become the number one sold album. It is very much self explanatory how Michael earned the nickname "The King Of Pop".
Michael Jackson had many accomplishments but the well known I will be telling you. Michael Jackson became the first celebrity to have 2 stars in the same catagory on the Hollywood walk of fame. He became the first artist of all time to sell more than 1 million digital tracks in one week. Jackson as well became the first artist to win 8 Grammy awards in one night. As we should expect, he is the top selling artist of all time.
Important Family Members
Michael Jackson would be where he is at today without support and help from family. Joe Jackson (his father) taught him hot to sing and play instruments when he was little. Katherine Jackson (his mother) convinced Joe Jackson to put Michael as the leading singer of the Jackson 5. Debbie Rowe (his wife) was one of the most important defenders in court for Michael at the time.
- Micheal Jackson had many pets including a boa constrictor, and chinchilla, a giraffe, and many kinds of birds.
- He created a lot of controversy when he held his baby over a ledge in 2002.
- For his first solo performance he sang "climb every mountain".
- He recently released a new album called "Xscape".
- He is the most awarded artist of all time.
Michael Jackson was very important for various reasons. He influenced the music we listen to today also included the dances artist perform in music videos. He inspired a lot of artist to go solo including Usher, Miley Cyrus, and many many more.
How he Influenced me
Michael Jackson has influenced me in lots of ways. He has taught me to never give up, and that people in life are just mean. People will always try to bring you down and I think that most of his life, he had to deal with that all the time. As he said "People write negative things because they feel that's what sells. good news to them doesn't sell". The theme of his life is to never give up.
Pratt, Mary K. Michael Jackson: King of Pop. Edina, MN: ABDO Pub., 2010. Print.