Author: Rolf Joho
Michael Jackson was born in Indiana, USA on 29th August, 1958. This American superstar entertained the audiences for many decades. Michael was a musical prodigy, with exceptional singing and dancing talent. Single sequined white glove, moonwalk, high pitched voice, and white socks with black shoes became the trade mark of Michael Jackson. He was undoubtedly one of the most popular and successful pop stars of 80s. With stunning musical versatility, eye-popping dance moves and tons of sheer star power, he dominated the charts for many years. Album Thriller was his best-known accomplishments, and was largest-selling album of all times.
Michael Jackson had been influenced by the work of musicians like James Brown, Little Richards, Diana Ross, Gene Kelly, David Ruffin, Sammy Davis and Bees Gees. He also admired the performances by English music hall tradition such as Charlie Chaplin and Benny Hill.
Life of Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson started his career early, along with his elder brothers, and soon emerged as lead vocalist of the group. He easily impressed audiences with the range and depth of his emotions. His career progressed very gradually, and he was the first black artist who found the stardom on MTV.
Michael Jackson lived a lonely and sad life, and he always felt that no one is able to understand him. He had a tough childhood, and felt that his father was always very stern and hard who would beat him up often prior to stage performances. He entered entertainment industry when he was six years old, and regretted the fact that he could never enjoy fun things that kids of his age do, such as parties, sleepover, trick-or-treat and so on. He always longed for true friends, and often wandered on the streets in the night, looking for someone to talk to. He confessed to crying many times in the privacy of his house. Michael Jackson loved children, and spent almost all his life helping million of children all across the globe. However, he always felt that media exploited his concern for children, and made him the vulnerable target.
Despite all his accomplishments, media always focused on his eccentricities, and portrayed him as the molester. In 1993, he was accused of molesting a teenager boy. Though he denied the charges and tried the out-of-court settlement, all his attempts failed to restore his image. In 1994, he married Lisa Presley, the daughter of King Elvis Presley. Many people believed that it was just a show by Jackson to end the accusations of him being gay.
Towards the end of his life, Michael Jackson had become the favorite punch line for media, and was always surrounded by troubles. On June 25th, 2009, Michael Jackson collapsed due to cardiac arrest, and was rushed to UCLA medical center. There, he was pronounced dead at the age of 50. At that time, he was rehearsing and training for the upcoming comeback set for final performances. Police decided to treat his death as homicide after they found several drugs in his body. To date, police is conducting investigations on Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal doctor. One of the greatest music heroes of the century had to face a very unfortunate and untimely death. At the time of his death, he was known more for his wild spending, erratic behavior and several plastic surgeries, rather than for his music.
His death came as a major shock for all Michael Jackson fans throughout the world. July 7th, 2009 was the day of Jackson’s memorial, and it took place at Los Angeles Staple Center. On 3rd September 2009, his body was finally put to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial after much debate with his family.
Michael Jackson was a great artist, and will always live in the hearts of his million fans who have undying love for him.
About the Author:
Rolf Joho is a writer with many various interests and he owns several websites on a variety of topics. Some great resources for you would be to visit Michael Jackson Reminiscence