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Michael Jackson <3
Transcript of Michael Jackson <3
Jackie Jackson - 1951
Tito Jackson - 1953
Jermaine Jackson - 1954
LaToya Jackson - 1956
Marlon Jackson - 1957
Michael Jackson - 1958
Randy Jackson - 1961
Janet Jackson - 1966 Back Row: Rebbie, LaToya, Jermaine, Jackie, Michael, Marlon, Janet
Front Row: Tito, Randy 2300 Jackson Street The Jackson Brothers Later in life, Michael would always grieve over his lost childhood. He didn't explain why for many years, but he eventually 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, and Michael was the only one who would fight back. When Michael was only three years old, Joseph was physically punishing him. Michael threw his shoe at Joseph to try to fight back, but it only made Joseph more furious. 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. Jackson Family Photo Young Michael Jackson Have You Seen His Childhood? Katherine once said that when Michael was only a year and a half old, he would dance to the rhythm of their washing machine. Joseph emotionally abused Michael as well. He used to constantly ridicule Michael for his appearance, specifically his acne and his height. But mostly, he would criticize Michael's nose, calling it 'fat', and nicknaming him 'Big Nose'..... Michael sang regularly at the age of 5 during school. His performances were said to bring tears to the teachers' eyes. It was then official, Michael was the lead singer of the Jackson Brothers. In order to practice, Michael would watch James Brown perform on T.V, and he would copy and memorize all his moves flawlessly. Eventually, the Jackson Brothers played in their first talent show. They performed a song called 'My Girl' by the Temptations, and won. The group began to win talent show after talent show, and in turn, Joseph bought them better music equipment. During their first paid performance, the crowd would through money at Michael as he sang. One day, The Jackson brothers were playing at a mall. Joseph was having a conversation with a lady there, who said that 'The Jackson Brothers' sounded too old fashioned. She then suggested the name...The Jackson 5. Since then, The Jackson 5 went on to perform along side artists such as James Brown, who Michael admired. James taught Michael some stage tricks, and he caught on quickly. Joseph Jackson with Katherine
and baby Janet Michael (front right) with his brothers Slowly Rising To Fame "I don't believe in reincarnation, but you know how babies move so uncoordinated? Michael never moved that way. When he danced, it was as if he was an older person." - Katherine Jackson "James Brown taught me a few things he does on stage. He taught me how to drop the mic and then catch it before it hits the stage floor. It only took me about 30 minutes to learn." -Michael Jackson (age 12) While at another talent show, the group met a man named Gordon Keith. After seeing the boys perform, he quickly signed them to his small record label, called Steeltown Records. Michael and The Jackson 5 recorded songs for a few weeks, until their first two singles were released in 1968. Shortly after, a man named Ralph Seltzer would recommend that the group film an audition tape to try to get a signed at Motown Records instead. They agreed, and soon they auditioned with James Brown's 'I Got The Feeling'. Michael's footwork during the performance was incredible for his age. Then they performed a Smokey Robinson song. Two days after the audition, Barry Gordy (the founder of Motown) contacted them, saying that they were amazing! After some paperwork, The Jackson 5 was officially signed at Motown. This was great news for them, since Motown had a reputation of creating huge stars such as Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson. Soon Michael met Diana Ross personally, which was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. The Jackson 5 started to record new songs immediately. The Jackson 5 after signing with Motown Very rare footage of the Jackson 5's audition for Motown Steeltown to Motown The first song that the Jackson 5 recorded under the Motown Label was called 'I Want You Back'. It took dozens of recordings until they thought it was perfect. 'I Want You Back' was the most expensive single in Motown history at the time, costing about $10,000. At the same time, Michael had moved in with Diana Ross. He saw her as a motherly figure and a role model. Michael said that they would spend their time drawing and painting, or visiting museums. Since then, Michael always had a deep appreciation for art. In October 1969, 'I Want You Back' was released. After ten weeks of climbing the charts, it hit No. 1. The record sold over 2 million copies in the United States and over 4 million others around the world. It was the biggest success that Motown ever had. After the initial success, Michael left Diana and reunited with his Mother, and in December their first album was released: 'Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5' It sold over 600,000 copies, which was an incredible number for their first album. Michael in the Recording Studio 'Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5' Recording 'I Want You Back' Although she had little involvement with the Jackson 5 at first, she eventually became credited for 'discovering' them. In late 1968, Diana presented the Jackson 5 for the first time as associated with Motown Records, and their performance was a hit. In December of 1969, the Jackson 5 appeared on national T.V on the Ed Sullivan show, a milestone in their career. They performed a couple songs, and then made a grand finish by performing their hit single, 'I Want You Back'. The Jackson 5 ended up creating another smash hit, the song 'ABC'. It was basically the same song as 'I Want You Back' but with slightly different chord arrangements. The song went on to sell over 2 million copies, and was performed the second time that the group was featured on the Ed Sullivan show. 'ABC' knocked The Beatles' 'Let It Be' out of the No. 1 spot on the charts. Another song was released in quick succession, called 'The Love You Save'. Coincidentally, this song also replaced The Beatles' 'The Long and Winding Road' out of the top spot when it was released. Things were looking great for The Jackson 5. They broke attendance records for a single concert that made over $100,000. One more song: 'I'll Be There', was released (and it also hit No. 1) making The Jackson 5 the first group ever to have their first 4 singles hit No. 1. At that time, Joseph and Katherine bought a massive estate for their family in California...quite a difference from the house they were raised in. The Jackson 5 performs 'ABC' The Estate that the Jackson Family lived in Three More Hits In 1971, Michael released his first Solo Album at the age of 12. The album was called 'Got To Be There' and consisted of tracks where Michael's voice was showcased without the backup from his brothers. It never hit No. 1, but this album proved that even at a young age, Michael could get a spot in the top 5. In 1972, another Solo Album came out titled 'Ben' The single went on to sell almost 2 million copies, and became Michael's first No. 1 single. The following releases by the Jackson 5 proved to be disappointing, with fewer and fewer sales for each single. Joseph became furious at this, and after a few years, he pulled them out of Motown in 1975. They soon signed a new label for CBS, but Jermaine refused to leave Motown. So, Michael's younger brother Randy took Jermaine's place in the group. In the meantime, a T.V series called 'The Jacksons' was filmed and aired, starring Michael and his siblings. After the show, The Jackson 5 remained under the radar for a few years, almost being forgotten. At the age of 19, Michael starred in his first movie, called 'The Wiz'; an all black production of the Wizard Of Oz. Michael Jackson - Age 16 Michael (far left) as the Scarecrow in The Wiz (Diana Ross starred as Dorothy) "Well whenever I sing, that's what I really mean. Like when I'm singin' a song...I don't sing it if I don't mean it." -Michael Jackson (Age 10) Final Motown Days Michael first met his producer Quincy Jones during the production of 'The Wiz'. The two seemed like an unlikely match, but meeting Quincy would change Michael's life as a performer forever... Michael and Quincy started working in the recording studio together in 1979. Michael wanted to separate himself from his brothers. He clearly didn't want to be known as 'Michael from the Jackson 5.' He wanted to be known as Michael Jackson. For the first time, Michael was able to write his own songs for the 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. Then came the music videos. With a heavy use of green screen effects, Michael spent the length of the videos dancing around and singing (which seems quite simple compared to the videos he would create in the future). Off The Wall sold 5 million copies, and Michael won his first Grammy in 1980, for Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough. Michael Jackson - Age 19 Album cover for 'Off The Wall' Off The Wall While rehearsing in 1979, Michael tripped and fell during one of his spins, breaking his nose. In order to fix it, he chose to have plastic surgery done. It didn't dramatically change his appearance, but he became happier with how he looked...considering the teasing that he underwent as a child about his nose. He also decided to go vegetarian that year, in an attempt to lessen the acne on his face. He gradually appeared slimmer, and his jawline and cheekbones became more defined due to his new diet. After the unbelievable success of Off The Wall, Michael and his brothers went on tour. The Triumph Tour began in the summer of 1981, and was a record breaking tour. Michael stole the show by performing four hits from Off The Wall. However, Michael said many times that this was the last time he was ever going to go on tour. Back at home, Joseph and Katherine were having their own problems. Katherine was filing for divorce after realizing that Joseph was cheating on her. Even though they were divorced, Joseph refused to move out of the house. None of the Jackson's could stand to be in the same room as Joseph anymore, and Michael developed an even stronger hatred towards him. After a while, Joseph and Katherine got back on good terms, but the whole family was shaken. Michael promised that he would never marry after seeing what happened between his parents. After the Triumph tour concluded, Michael was ready to get back in the studio...he was ready to top the sales of Off The Wall. Michael during the Triumph Tour The Jackson's during the Triumph Tour The Triumph Tour Michael singing the lead vocals for the song 'Can You Feel It' on the Triumph Tour In mid 1982, Michael and Quincy began working on a new album: Thriller. The budget for the album was $750,000 and Michael was allowed to write 4 out of the 9 songs for the album; the other 5 were chosen out of hundreds of options. Neither Quincy or Ron (Michael's manager) had faith that Thriller would outsell Off The Wall, but Michael insisted that it was going to be big. Michael was such a perfectionist that he threatened not to release the album if no one had faith in it. The four songs that Michael wrote and composed for the album were: Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and The Girl Is Mine (which ended up being a duet with Paul McCartney). During this time, Michael had one more procedure done on his nose, and he continued to lose weight in order to have a better 'dancer's body'. Michael in 1982 (after his second surgery) Michael and Paul McCartney in the studio A New Album "I remember when I wrote Billie Jean, I was writing in my car down Ventra Boulevard. All I said to myself beforehand - I wanna write a song with a great bass hook, you know? And I just let it go really, and then several days later it all came. See the thing is, artists today get in the way of the music. Get out of the way of the music." - Michael Jackson In late 1982, Thriller was released. The first single was The Girl Is Mine, and it didn't generate a whole lot of interest. Michael and his team worried about the fate of the album, until it's next single was released. Billie Jean. With a driving bass line, and catchy vocals, it hit No. 1 quickly. Funny, considering Quincy didn't think that the song was strong enough to be included on the album. Then came Beat It, which caught on with the public clearly. After that, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Human Nature, P.Y.T, and Thriller were released as singles. 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. It wasn't long before Thriller was the best-selling album of all time. Michael was breaking records left and right, and he quickly became a household name. After his initial success with Thriller, he got an unlikely call. It was Barry Gordy, from Motown. He wanted Michael to perform at their 25th anniversary special alongside his brothers. Michael agreed, but on one condition...for him to be able to perform his new hit Billie Jean. At first Barry refused, since Billie Jean has no association with Motown, but Michael knew how to get what he wanted, and eventually Barry accepted the deal. Thriller Album Cover Human Nature single cover Thriller! The iconic sequined jacket that Michael would go on to wear during the Motown 25 performance actually belonged to his mother. And the purpose of the single glove...well that's a whole other story that we'll see later. The day finally came, on March 25, 1983. The day that Michael would perform with his brothers for the first time in years. After the first few acts of the show, the Jackson 5 reunited on stage, much to the excitement of the crowd. They performed a collection of their biggest hits, starting with I Want You Back. After the song finished, Randy came onto the stage to join in. They then performed The Love You Save, followed by another of their hits: Never Can Say Goodbye. The group finished by singing I'll Be There; Jermaine had tears in his eyes as he and Michael shared a microphone and sang together. When the song was over, all the Jackson's left except for Michael. The crowd began to chant "Billie Jean, Billie Jean!" And sure enough, Michael began his performance of Billie Jean. He put on his black fedora and started the dance routine, throwing his hat across the stage after the intro. Already, he was captivating the crowd. But no one in the audience was prepared for what Michael would do next. During the bridge of the song, Michael gracefully glided backwards along the floor, spun around at an incredible speed, and landed on the tips of his toes as the crowd screamed in excitement. The song finished, and Michael ran backstage where he was congratulated in a frenzy. Everyone, even his brothers couldn't believe what they'd witnessed. Tito, Marlon, Jackie, Michael, Randy and Jermaine finishing the J5 songs Motown 25 - Yesterday Today Forever Michael's first moonwalk ever during
his performance of Billie Jean The Jackson 5 reunites to sing their biggest hits on the Motown 25 Special After the Motown 25 performance, Billie Jean shot up the charts back to the No. 1 spot, so Michael wanted to make a video for it. After weeks of filming and producing, the video was done. In the video, Michael is trying to avoid the camera of a photographer, as he lights up the sidewalk beneath his feet with every step. In the end, he disappears right before the sketchy photographer takes a picture of him. In the middle of the video, there's a dance sequence which includes his famous toe stand and utilizes a freeze frame video technique. As for the video for Beat It, it had a very different take. The video portrays Michael to be walking through a bar angrily singing as two rival gangs meet up to fight nearby. While Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo plays, Michael stops the fight before anyone is hurt, and they break out into a large dance sequence. Even more interesting, real gang members were recruited to take part in the video. Both videos were hugely successful, and were the first music videos of their kind. Michael made another breakthrough when MTV agreed to air both videos on heavy rotation during the day. That was the first time MTV had ever featured videos by a black artist. A shot from the music video for Billie Jean Michael during the filming sessions for Beat It Two New Music Videos Michael Jackson. Everyone knows the name. Some know him for being the musical genius that he was. Some know him for his incredible humanitarian work and his efforts to heal the world. 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. But not everyone knows his true story; who he was both on, and off of the stage.... A rare behind the scenes video showing the filming of Beat It Even after they lost the name 'The Jackson 5' after leaving Motown, the newly named 'The Jacksons' were planning to go on tour yet again to promote their new (poorly selling) album called Victory. When this idea was brought to Michael's attention, his first statement was "Count me out." Michael was confident that he was not going to tour with his brothers, until Joseph pulled reverse psychology on him, telling him that if he didn't come, his brothers would sing take his place and his parts instead. Of course, Michael didn't like the idea of someone else stealing his spotlight, so he reluctantly agreed to one more tour with The Jacksons. Don King ended up being their promoter (to Michael's dismay) and soon the 40 city Victory tour was announced. Due to Michael's overwhelming fame at the time, most who bought tickets for the tour were only there to see Michael and his new signature routines. Although the former Jackson 5 seemed happy together onstage, they barley talked to each other throughout the entire tour. They stayed on different levels in the hotels, and refused to socialize. Don King began to make plans to move the tour to Europe, and Michael was enraged. So on December 9th, 1984 when the final song of the day was performed, Michael told the audience that this was their final show as a group, disclosing the idea of any more awkward and stressful days with his brothers. Michael donated 5 million dollars from the tour to Cancer Research facilities and other charities. Michael performs Billie Jean The Jacksons make their entrance Victory Tour In 1983, Michael seeked out Director John Landis to help him create the most spectacular music video the world has ever seen. The fourteen minute long video is like a mini movie, or a short film, as Michael liked to call it. The entire video cost about 1 million dollars to make, but it was well worth it. The video begins with Michael asking Ola to be his girl, and when she accepts, Michael tells her that he is different. He begins to transform into a hideous werewolf, and quite realistically too. It took plaster molds, air sacs, pounds of makeup and colour contacts to create the werewolf face for Michael. After the viewers realize that the transformation was only a movie that Michael and Ola were watching, the couple walks out of the theatre and through the dark streets, where Michael begins to sing Thriller to her. As they walk past a graveyard, zombies slowly begin to come after them, and as Michael tries to protect Ola, it is revealed that he is also a zombie. Then, in the one of the most iconic Michael Jackson moments ever, the zombies (lead by Michael) break into the synchronized dance sequence that everyone knows and loves. When the video was released, Thriller went back to No. 1 on the charts and sales picked up once more. The big dance sequence in Thriller Thriller - The Music Video Michael as a werewolf during the beginning of Thriller Due to the religious beliefs that he was raised with, the idea of the undead exsisting in the video for Thriller made the elders of Michael's church threaten to expel him if it was released. Eventually, Michael included a short disclaimer at the beginning of the video in order to avoid any controversy. The disclaimer in the Thriller video On January 27th, 1984, Michael was in L.A. to film two Pepsi commercials. The commercial was planned to play out like this: the camera would slowly reveal different parts of Michael (his shoes, his socks, his glove) until a close up of his face was finally visible for the last few seconds of the commercial. During the filming of this commercial, many different pyrotechnic elements were planned. When the final filming began, Michael started his signature routine, when firework explosives went off above him. There was thick smoke all through the stage, and it wasn't long before the crowd realized something was wrong...his hair was on fire. Michael didn't notice this at first, but after a few moments he fell to the ground in pain. Chaos filled the room as paramedics rushed over to Michael and loaded him onto a stretcher, placing ice on his head. He had suffered second and third degree burns on his scalp that day...pain that persisted every day for the rest of his life. Many who didn't see the few seconds before Michael fell to the ground believed that the event was an assassination attempt. The event attracted massive amounts of media attention. While at the hospital, he was reluctant to the painkillers that were offered to him at first, but he then realized how much he needed them. After being released from the hospital, Pepsi paid Michael $1.5 million, which he used to create the 'Michael Jackson Burn Center." This picture was taken only days after the incident; Michael wears a hat to hide the scars Pepsi Disaster Michael, shortly before the incident occurred The scarring on Michael's head affected him throughout his entire life. He began to experience early hair loss, and by his late 30's, he wore a wig for most important public appearances. He also suffered from extreme pain in the burned area, which he took painkillers for. The pain became so extreme that he eventually became dependent on them to go about his daily life. Michael, during the announcement of the 'Michael Jackson Burn Center' On the night of February 28th, 1984, Michael Jackson arrived at Shrine Auditorium in L.A. for the Grammy Awards. He was there with Brooke Shields, (his girlfriend at the time) and his 12 year old friend Emmanuel Lewis. Before the awards show started, Michael's two Pepsi commercials were premiered. That night, Michael was nominated 12 times (although 3 of his nominations were in the same category). Michael broke the record for most Grammys won in a single night by winning 8 awards. The 8 awards he won are: Album Of The Year (Thriller), Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male (Thriller), Record Of The Year (Beat It), Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male (Beat It), Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male (Billie Jean), Best Rhythm & Blues Song (Billie Jean), Best Recording For Children (E.T. the Extra Terrestrial), and Producer Of The Year (Thriller, with Quincy Jones). During his acceptance speech for his record breaking 7th award, he decided to remove his glasses for the fans, and for his friend Katherine Hepburn. He also broke the record for the most nominations in one night by a solo artist. To this day, no artist has broken the records that Michael set at the Grammys in 1984. Michael and Quincy...and a record breaking 8 Grammy Awards 1984 Grammy Awards Michael and his girlfriend Brooke Shields on their way to the show Michael accepts his 7th Grammy Award of the night with his three sisters Rebbie, LaToya and Janet. Only weeks before the Victory Tour began, Michael received a humanitarian award from President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. After the Victory Tour had reached it's conclusion, Michael immediately began another project. A new organization was in the making, called 'USA for Africa". The goal was to gather well known artists together to create, record a single, and all profits made from it would go to provide food and medical care to Africa. Michael and Lionel Richie were in charge of writing the song, titled We Are The World. Michael had always had such empathy to those in need, especially children. He felt there pain, and had a need to help them whenever possible. The lyrics that he and Lionel wrote express a feeling of unity being needed in the world so save our own kind. Dozens of famous singers showed up to record the song, including Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, and LaToya, Marlon, Tito, Randy and Michael Jackson. The recording session took an entire night, but all of the artists who attended seemed to have a great time. The song itself sold out almost 1 million records in only three days, and eventually became one of the bestselling singles of all time with over 20 million sold to date. The song was No. 1 in the US for an entire month, and has since been an anthem for world unity and world peace. Over 8 million dollars was raised and used to aid those in need in Africa. The recording session Michael and Lionel writing 'We Are The World' We Are The World Songs in the album
'Off The Wall': Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough
Rock With You
Workin' Day And Night
Get On The Floor
Off The Wall
She's Out Of My Life
I Can't Help It
It's The Falling In Love
Burn This Disco Out Songs in the album
'Thriller': Wanna Be Starting Somethin'
Baby Be Mine
The Girl Is Mine
P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)
The Lady In My Life All of the artists who participated
in the recording of We Are The World Vitiligo and Lupus One of the most talked about things regarding Michael Jackson is the changing colour of his skin. He did not bleach his skin. He did not want to change his race. In the late 1970's, Michael began to show signs of a disease called Vitiligo; a disease that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It is a hereditary disease; one of Michael's uncles suffered from it and so does his first son Prince Michael I. By the early 1980's, Michael began to apply makeup to his face and body in an attempt to hide the multicolored patches of skin. The first white patches began to show on his left hand...which is why he started to wear the white rhinestone glove...the first time being at the Motown 25 performance. By about 1986, Michael appeared much lighter than before, and this was due to the heavy makeup he applied to hide the changing colours on his face. During concerts, he would cover up as much as possible to avoid his blotchy skin from being shown. In 1993, Michael was pale white, and no longer needed to hide the patches with makeup since his entire body was now turned to white. Due to speculations that Michael tried to bleach his skin, when he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 1993 he talked about his Vitiligo for the first time. He talked about needing to use makeup to even out the blotches on his skin, and he was very hurt by the idea that people thought he didn't like his skin. Around the same time that the Vitiligo began, Michael was diagnosed with another disease called Lupus. Lupus creates redness on the face, as well as making the person very sensitive to sunlight. This is why in his later years, he was frequently seen carrying an umbrella. On the cover of Off The Wall, vitiligo is visible on his left hand Michael in his late teens with discoloration around his eyes Michael in 1987 with a large vitiligo spot on his face Exposed vitiligo patches all over Michael's body 1983: Red cheeks as a side effect from Lupus