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Michael Jackson Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Joseph Jackson
Birth Place:
Gary, Indiana, United States
Singer, dancer, composer, record producer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Scored four No
  • 1 hits ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There") with the Jackson 5 in 1970 when he was 12
  • His first solo No
  • 1 single was "Ben," from the movie of the same name, in 1972
  • His Thriller is the best-selling album in history
  • From its debut in 1982 through 1995, it sold more than a million copies a year
  • Premiered his most famous dance move, the moonwalk, in 1983 on NBC's Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
  • In 1985, paid $40 million for the rights of much of the Beatles' song catalogue
  • A 1993 appearance on Oprah Winfrey drew 62 million viewers
  • Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with his brothers, in 1997; was inducted again, as a solo artist, in 2001


  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics: nominated