Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958 in the town of Gehry, Indiana, in a large family, where in addition to him there were nine more children. His father organized the family group Jackson 5, which brought the first success of the future legend. Michael was then only 12 years old. Subsequently, he became one of the most commercially successful solo artists in the music industry, the singer won worldwide recognition and the title of "King of Pop". During his long musical career, Michael Jackson received 19 Grammy awards, 13 times with his singles he rose to the first line of the American sales charts. His name is twice listed in the Hall of Fame rock and roll: as a solo artist and member of Jackson 5.

Michael Jackson died in a University of California hospital of a heart attack on June 25, 2009. The famous performer was 50 years old. The start of a grand series of concerts of the singer was scheduled for mid-July.

This shot of 12-year-old Michael Jackson was made back in 1971, but already then his career was on the rise.Bury Gordy signed the Jackson Five contract with Motown Records in 1968, Michael and his brothers were on the top of the charts with the songs ABC and I’ll Be There. (Henry Diltz / Corbis)

Michael Jackson (leftmost) and the other five brothers from Indiana, members of the Jackson Five group, in 1972. (Frank Barratt / Getty Images file)

Jackson Five performing on the Bob Hop television show. Michael continued to perform with his brothers, but his solo career was already on the rise, when he performed the song Got to Be There in 1971. (Neal Preston / Corbis)

Michael Jackson at the premiere of The Wiz. This musical, which appeared on the screens in 1978, was the first work of a pop star, created in collaboration with the famous producer Quincy Jones. Subsequently, he will also act as a producer of such famous Jackson albums as Off the Wall and Thriller. In the musical The Wiz with Jackson took part Diana Ross, a friend and mentor of Jackson, who presented the top five Jackson to the public in 1968. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Michael Jackson performs with his brothers in a 1981 tour. During this tour, Michael began recording ideas for his solo project, which later became the best-selling album in the world. (Susan Phillips / Corbis)

Michael Jackson and Diana Ross during the American Music Awards (American Music Awards) awards ceremony in Los Angeles.Jackson won the award for best soul album, and Ross - as the best soul vocalist. (Juynh / AP)

Jackson with a group of dancers filming a video for the song "Thriller" in 1983. Thriller revolutionized the music industry. Thanks to this clip about zombies, the general public learned about the MTV channel, and music videos became an independent artistic genre. The album sold over 25 million in the United States alone. (Corbis / Sygma)

Michael Jackson for the first time shows his famous “moon walk” while playing a song by Billie Jean. This dance movement, which later became the singer's calling card, stunned the audience, and Michael was crowned the title of "King of Pop". (Bettmann / Corbis)

Captured in this picture next to his producer Quincy Johnson, Michael Jackson holds six of the eight Grammy awards he received in 1984 for his Thriller album. A sequined suit and large dark glasses have become Jackson's calling card. (AP)

May 1984. Michael Jackson accepts the award from US President Reagan at the White House. Jackson was honored as an example for the American youth, and his hit Beat It became the anthem of the company against drunk driving. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Michael Jackson (in the background) during the filming of Pepsi when his hair caught fire, and his brother German (in the foreground) continues to perform, not knowing what is happening. (AP)

A policeman escorts Michael through the crowd during his 1985 London tour. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images)

Pop and film stars sing together the song We Are the World to draw the attention of the world to the famine in Ethiopia. Michael Jackson in the center. Stevie Wander, Lionel Ricci, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor and many others also performed with him. Jackson's sister Janet in the lower right corner of the photo. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen performs guitar solo during Michael Jackson's concert in Irving, Texas. This immortal guitar riff was recorded by a guitarist specifically for Michael Beat It, which was not at all pleased with Van Halen’s partner David Lee Roth, but everyone else was delighted with the song. (Carlos Osorio / AP)

Michael Jackson and his dancers during the 1987 tour of the album Bad in Tokyo. A year earlier, Jackson starred in the sci-fi musical film "Captain Io" (Captain EO) in 3D, one of the most expensive and short films. Jackson gradually became an object for ever-increasing criticism, as his albums and clips became more and more expensive, but came out less and less.His next album Dangerous was released only in 1991. (Neal Preston / Corbis)

Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey on set in January 1993. This year, for the first time, Jackson was accused of sexual harassment of minors, and in the hour and a half Oprah he appealed to the victims. Subsequently, the charges with Jackson were dropped, but, according to available information, he paid $ 25 million to settle the case. (Neal Preston / Corbis)

Michael Jackson performs in front of 30,000 children at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show on January 31, 1993. Despite accusations against the singer, he was still at the top of the music Olympus, releasing such hits as Black or White, Remember the Time, and his album Dangerous became multi-platinum. (Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Corbis)

Michael Jackson and French mime Marcel Marceau at the Bacon Theater in New York on December 4, 1995. Michael's face is completely reversed by plastic surgeons. (Bob Strong / AFP - Getty Images)

Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa Maria Presley at Neverland Ranch during the preparation for the World Children's Summit in April 1995. Presley filed for divorce less than a year after the wedding, thereby causing a lot of gossip about exactly what caused this. (Steve Starr / Corbis)

Michael Jackson performs at the Ericsson Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, in November 1996, during his world tour HIStory. (Phil Walter / Getty Images)

A few months after his divorce from Lisa Maria Presley, Jackson married Debbie Row on November 13, 1996 in Sydney, Australia. His new wife was pregnant. Jackson and Rowe divorced after 3 years, and Debbie gave parental rights to Jackson. (Reuters / Corbis)

Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson arrive at the concert in honor of the 30th anniversary of Jackson's creative career on September 7, 2001. The stars were old friends, and Taylor became the godmother of two of Jackson's children. (Jeff Christensen / Reuters / Corbis)

Michael Jackson testifies at a court hearing on November 13, 2002 in Santa Maria, California. The California High Court has charged Jackson about canceling his concerts, which cost the promoters several million dollars. (AFP / Getty Images)

Michael Jackson poses for photographers at the presentation of his Invincible album in Times Square in New York in November 2001. The new album, which was released on October 30 of that year, became the most expensive album ever recorded and was accepted by critics and fans better than the 1995 album HIStory. (Brad Rickerby / Reuters / Corbis)

Jackson holds his son Prince Michael II, covered with a towel, standing on the balcony of a Berlin hotel on November 19, 2002. Subsequently, Jackson called the incident a "terrible mistake",however, this photo shocked even the most devoted fans of the singer. His reputation was irreversible. (Tobias Schwarz / Reuters)

A photograph of Jackson taken at the Santa Barbara County police station on November 30, 2003. In 2003, Jackson documented that the boys were sleeping in his bed. Soon the prosecutor began checking on charges of Jackson in the seduction of juveniles. In November, police appeared on the Neverland ranch for a search, and Jackson was arrested a few days later. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s D / Reuters)

Michael (center) and his sister La Toya (left) and Janet during a break at the Santa Maria court hearing on August 16, 2004. (Pool / Reuters)

Michael Jackson, in his pajama pants, has been accompanied by bodyguards to a court hearing on March 10, 2005 on charges of molesting minors since 2003. Jackson appeared at the trial after Judge Rodney Melville threatened to cancel the release on bail. (Kimberly White / pool via Reuters)

Jackson sings along with his young fans during the World Music Awards in London on November 16, 2006. (Graham Jepson / WireImage)

Michael Jackson receives written thanks from Colonel Robert M. Valtmeyer, commander of the Zama garrison in Japan, March 10, 2007. Michael welcomed thousands of US troops and their families. (U.S.Army via Getty Images)

Michael and his children Prince and Paris walk through the parking lot of a recording studio in Los Angeles in March 2009. The singer was noticed entering the studio on that cold rainy day. In the studio, he spent more than two hours with a lot of staff, allegedly recording video. (Splash News / Splash News)

Fans are watching the broadcast of the singer's press conference at the O2 Arena in London on March 5, 2009. In a press release, the megastar announced her intention to hold a series of concerts in London in July, which would be his most significant performances over the past decade.

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  • Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today

    Michael Jackson would have turned 59 today