Michael Joseph Jackson, son of Joseph Walter Jackson and Katherine Jackson, was born on 29 August 1958 in Gary, Indiana, U.S.A. Michael had nine siblings: Rebbie (1950), Jackie (1951), Tito (1952), Jermaine (1954), La Toya (1956), Marlon (1957), Randy (1961) and Janet (1966). His father had previously been a manager and now he wished that the children should be well known and popular musicians, but by the time he has been heavily criticized for his strict discipline and their use of physical and psychological pressure on his children. It has also been alleged that he whipped them with belts and other things during the exercises. Michael has since written the book "Moon Walk" that it was difficult to have so many fans in such a young age and that he had to work harder than most kids could imagine.
The Jackson Five
In 1962 the band The Jacksons started playing and the following year, 1963, Michael was the most important man in the band. Even before Michael was 10 years (1968) he secured the group a contract with the record company Motown and changed its name to The Jackson Five. The following year came the debut single out. The following singles were only the top one by one, which meant that they were the first pop group that made all their first four singles in the first place.
When The Jacksons 5 recorded 11 records and sold over 10 million copies, the contract with Motown was over (1976). Later that year they got a new contract with Epic (Enhanced Programmable ircII Client) and changed its name back to The Jacksons. But because of Jermaine and Michael's solo careers, the group was smaller and less active than in the 1980s and as of 1985, Michael was out of the picture. From then on, it just went downhill for the group and in 1989/1990 it was dissolved.