Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958, one of nine siblings. Father Joseph had high aspirations for his children. The rumors of his relentlessly driving his children to become performers are legendary. In the late 1960s, singer Gladys Knight discovered five of those siblings‰Ûª act. She informed Motown‰Ûªs Berry Gordy and the record mogul signed The Jackson 5.
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Jackson became the group‰Ûªs front man, wowing the world with his remarkable singing voice and stage presence. Gordy spread the story of Diana Ross discovering the group because he thought it made for better press. Their debut album was Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. The single I Want You Back topped the charts. It was the beginning of a string of hits. Capitalizing on Jackson‰Ûªs popularity, Gordy had him release solo material, including hits Ben and Never Can Say Goodbye.
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The group‰Ûªs popularity soared as their relationship with Motown became shaky. The group broke ties with Motown in 1975, becoming simply The Jacksons. They signed with Epic Records and released Destiny. In 1979, Jackson teamed with Quincy Jones to produce his new solo, Off the Wall. It was a massive success, transforming young Jackson into mature artist. Still working and touring with his brothers, Jackson focused intensely on his solo career. In 1982, Thriller, another work with Jones, was released. No one foresaw the stratospheres this album would hit. It won eight Grammys, produced over a half dozen hits and to date has sold hundreds of millions of copies. It has been said the videos put MTV on the map. Works like Bad and Dangerous maintained his status as the number one recording artist in the world. In 1994, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis. They divorced two years later. Within months, he wed friend Debbie Rowe, who was already pregnant with Michael Joseph ‰ÛÏPrince‰Û Jackson, Jr. Before divorcing in 1999, they had daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Prince Michael Jackson II was born in 2002 via surrogate. Jackson died under controversial circumstances in 2009. His star still shines bright. In 2012, the artist made $145 million. His estimated net worth is $600 million.