Who was the "King of Pop?" By: Monserrat Avalos
The Start Of Michael Jackson
Joseph Jackson, Michael Jackson's father, had been a guitarist but put aside the musical aspiration. He believed his sons had talent so he created a musical group with them. The group was consisted by his older brothers, he joined the group when he was 5 years old and became the lead singer of the group. Their name was the "Jackson 5." His complex emotions soon impressed the audiences and recorded on their own a single but it fail. The Jackson 5 started working on the opening act for R&B artist. The Pips, Gladys Knights, and James Brown in others were signed to the legendary Motown record label. The Jackson 5 soon caught the attention of Berry Gordy, the founder. Berry Gordy signed the Jackson 5 to his label. The Jackson 5 moved to Los Angeles and stayed with Berry Gordy and Diana Ross while they settled in. "Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5" was the name of their first album, this album hit the charts with their single "I Want You Back" landing number 1 in the Billboards Hot 100 chart. Jackson started a solo career at age 13, he hit the charts in 1971 with a song called "Got To Be There," this song was Jackson's number 1 solo single. The Jackson 5 had a very busy schedule with tours and recording, soon problems appeared between Berry Gordy and Joseph Jackson. This problem was over Joseph's childrens' career, the management over their careers. Jermaine Jackson, one of Michael Jackson's older brothers, stayed with the label for his solo career. Because of this now the group changed its name from the Jackson 5 to the "Jacksons."
"Thriller" had twice as much sales than the successful "Bad."
Michael Jackson earned a Grammy for best rhythm and blues with Billie Jean. He also was honored for other songs, "Beat It" and "Thriller."
The Jackson 5 was soon introduced to the music industry in August 1969 at a special event, later the Jackson 5 was opened for the Supremes.