As the youngest member of the all-brother group, The Jackson 5, he first got the world dancing to exuberant rhythms.
But it was as an adult and a solo artist that Michael Jackson would become one of the most successful entertainers of all time. His creative and commercial peak was marked by the 1982 album “Thriller” with hit after hit and fancy “moonwalk” footwork transforming him into a superstar. These were the golden years for Michael Jackson when he was making headlines for all the right reasons. But his increasingly eccentric behaviour and controversy surrounding his personal life would change all of that. There were his brief marriages to Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie and to nurse Debbie Rowe. The all-singing, all-dancing, pop phenomenon would have three children, although speculation surrounded whether they were naturally his. He rubbed shoulders with statesman and travelled the world. But his mask-wearing, changing facial features and skin colour, his friendship with a chimp and rumours that he slept in an oxygen tent helped earn him the nickname “Wacko Jacko.” And then there were the two, ultimately unproven, allegations in 1993 and 2003 that he sexually abused young boys during sleepovers at his Neverland Ranch in California. Jackson said repeatedly that he loved children and would never harm them. But, after his high-profile trial – and acquittal – four years ago, he lived as a virtual recluse. His comeback concerts were due to start in London in a matter of weeks. While the world has been robbed of the chance to see Michael Jackson perform live one last time, his musical genius will surely never be forgotten.