Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist. Known as the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958. He was the eighth of ten children in the Jackson family, a working-class African-American family living in a two-bedroom house on Jackson Street. His mother, Katherine Esther Jackson (née Scruse), played clarinet and piano, had aspired to be a country-and-western performer, and worked part-time at Sears. She was a Jehovah’s Witness. His father, Joseph Walter “Joe” Jackson, a former boxer, was a crane operator at US Steel and played guitar with a local rhythm and blues band, the Falcons, to supplement the family’s income. Joe’s great-grandfather, July “Jack” Gale, was a US Army scout; family lore held that he was also a Native American medicine man. Michael grew up with three sisters (Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet) and five brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy). A sixth brother, Marlon’s twin Brandon, died shortly after birth.
BORN: August 29, 1958
DIED: June 25, 2009 (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
HOME TOWN: Gary, Indiana, U.S.
PARENT: Joe Jackson (Father) Katherine Jackson (Mother)
SPOUSE: Lisa Marie Presley
OCCUPATION: Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Record Producer
NICKNAME(S): Michael Joe Jackson
AWARDS: African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association, African-American Film Critics Association Awards, American Black Achievement Awards , American Cinema Awards , America’s Dance Honors , American Music Awards, American Video Awards and more.
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