Michael Jackson

Major leaguer

Michael Joe Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958, the fifth of Joe and Katherine Jackson's nine children. Their mother taught them folk and religious songs, while their father, worked towards making his children successful musicians. As part of Jackson Five, Michael performed from the age of five but went on to become one of the most popular singers ever with his solo music career. In 1978, while working on a show The Wiz, Michael met producer Quincy Jones and they worked together on Jackson's 1979 album Off the Wall, which sold 10 million copies and earned critical praise, while his record-breaking album, Thriller (1983), sold 40 million copies and became the biggest selling album of all time. In 1994, he married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the late musician Elvis Presley; however, they were soon divorced in August 1996. He had two children – son, Prince Michael Jackson, Jr. and daughter, Paris – with wife Debbie Rowe, while his other son, Blanket Jackson was supposedly born via a surrogate. Despite his popularity and good works, he became the subject of several scandals, which severely damaged his public image. Jackson wanted to perform a series of comeback concerts to over one million people at London's O2 Arena from July 2009 to March 2010; however, his death on June 25, 2009 due to acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home in Los Angeles, never let that happen. His sudden demise triggered an outpouring of reactions worldwide, and he is still one of the most cherished musicians in the world.