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Informative Speech : Michael Jackson
Transcript of Informative Speech : Michael Jackson
The Life And The Legacy
King Of Pop
Michael Jackson. Everyone knows the name. Some people know him for being a musical genius. Some people know him for his humanitarian work and his efforts to make the world a better place. Some know him from the massive amounts of media attention that he received, and the tabloid trash that intruded his life. Whatever the reason, everyone knows who Michael Jackson is.
"What one wishes is to be touched by truth and to be able to interpret that truth so that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to one's life and will hopefully touch others as well."
"This is art in its highest form. Those moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for."
- Michael Jackson, Moon Walk
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 on a Friday evening at 7:33pm in the town of Gary, Indiana. He was the 7th born child to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Joseph and Katherine's 9 children all grew up in a small, two bedroom house. The family's tight budget often resulted in them needing to rely on the Salvation Army for Clothing and meals.
The Jackson 5
Michael begin his early years performing with his brothers in the Jackson 5. His amazing voice and talents lead him to become the lead singer over his brothers. They won numerous talent shows and then one day they met a man named Gordon Keith who quickly signed them to Steeltown Records. They recorded songs for a few weeks, until they auditioned for Motown Records.
Michael revealed that he was constantly abused, both physically and emotionally by his father. The majority of his siblings were also abused, but not to the extent that Michael was. When Michael was only three years old, Joseph was physically punishing him. He picked up Michael by his leg, held him upside down, and beat him over and over until Katherine made him stop. Joseph would push Michael into the walls and trip him for no reason. He once locked Michael in a closet for hours. One night, while the boys were sleeping, Joseph crawled through their bedroom window wearing a mask and screamed as loud as he could. Michael suffered nightmares of being kidnapped for many years later. Michael said he would faint, or even throw up at the sight of Joseph, and called him a horrible man.
The Jackson 5 left Motown later on due to the lack of sales for each single and joined Epic Records with new super producer Quincy Jones. They started making great songs again. Michael Jackson started slowly breaking away from the crew. Michael and Quincy started working in the recording studio together in 1979.
OFF THE WALL
People all over the globe rushed to buy this album. Out of the 9 tracks on Off The Wall he wrote and composed 3 of them. He showed vocal range that nobody knew he had before. He used falsetto during one of his songs, and a deep tenor voice in the next. In late 1979, Off The Wall was released, and spawned 5 singles; Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough, Rock With You, She's Out Of My Life, Off The Wall, and Girlfriend. 'Don't Stop' was Michael's first No. 1 song in years. He was back on the charts.
The Jackson 5 filmed an audition tape to try to get signed at Motown. Two days after, Barry Gordy (the founder of Motown) contacted them, saying that they were amazing! After some paperwork, The Jackson 5 was officially signed at Motown. 4 songs I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I'll Be There all reached No. 1.
In late 1982, Thriller was released. The album generated 7 top 10 hits. The album was selling at 500,000 copies a week, which was incredible. By the end of 1983, it had sold over 22 million copies worldwide, and had remained at the top of the charts for 37 weeks. Michael was breaking records left and right, and he quickly became a household name.
Accomplishments and Achievements
Out of 249 nominations Michael Jackson won 223 of them.
He was inducted twice into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and twice in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Won 13 Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award)
26 American Music Awards
13 No. 1 singles in the U.S.
A presidential award from Ronald Reagan
"With sales of 29 million, according to the RIAA, "Thriller" is the best selling studio album in U.S history." - Billboard Chart Staff