by Brandon Gaddy
Michael Jackson, ‘The King Of Pop,’ influenced many people and musicians during his time and today.
Michael Jackson was born August 29,1958, in Gary, Indiana; he died in 2009 in Los Angeles. He has three kids: Prince Michael Jackson, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, and Michael Jackson Jr. He was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor.
Mr. Jackson was the eighth child of Jackson family, with five who made up the group the Jackson 5 which started in 1964: Jackie,Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael. He started his solo career in 1971.
“I remember when he was with the Jackson 5,” said English teacher Debbie Deppe.
Mr. Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. Music videos like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” helped bring the new TV station called MTV to fame in the 1980s. He then came out with some more videos like “Black and White” and “Scream.” He popularized the dances called the moonwalk, and robot; everybody was doing them. Mr. Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller is the best selling album of all time. His other albums include Off The Wall (1979), Bad (1987), and Dangerous (1991).
Director of Learning Resources Linda Gerrek also remembers Mr. Jackson.
“He did a lot. His music was always popular; he was influenced by Diana Ross, and he was young and talented in music and dancing. He was better than his brothers,” said Mrs.Gerrek.
Mr. Jackson had great influence on other artists that are popular today like the Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye. According to Carrie Battan in an article in The New Yorker magazine this month, “Musicians tend to run from comparison to other musicians, unless that musician is Michael Jackson.Tesfaye’s voice is eerily similar to late King of Pop’s — a piercing, high-pitched tenor with alluring androgyny. Tesfaye is proud of this: in 2011, he released his own version of ‘Dirty Diana.’ Jackson looms large over ‘Beauty Behind the Madness,’ which bridges noirish R.& B. and a full-bodied synth-pop that would sound at home in Quincy Jones catalogue.”
Michael Jackson was popular in the 1980s and is still popular today.
“How can you not like Micheal Jackson? He has too much talent, and he knew how to sing and dance very well,” said junior Karl O’Neal.