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11. Michael Jackson: A Controversial Pop Star
There may be no greater entertainer in the
of music in the United States than the
Michael Jackson. The list of Jackson's peers in
industry is very short, to say the least.
began his career in the early 1970s as
youngest member of the musical group The Jackson
. Michael was the lead singer, and arguably the
talented of the five brothers who made up
band. He was born on August 29, 1958
the eighth child of 10 in an African
family from Gary Indiana. The driving force behind
group's success was their father, Joseph "Joe" Jackson.
group was very popular in its time, but
Michael would go out on his own career
after. He was a successful singer, songwriter, actor,
, and businessman, but his career was not without
His album Thriller is the best-selling album of
time. It was released in 1982, and was
by a series of successful albums, films, music
, and business ventures. In 1993 the first of
people came forward to accuse Jackson of sexually
conduct on a child. This and other accusations
haunt Jackson throughout his adult life. Jackson also
a reputation of strange behavior. One of the
images often associated with Jackson is when he
his newborn child over a hotel balcony to
it to his public.
It was rumored that
bought the bones of the famous Elephant Man,
in an oxygen tent, and that he altered
appearance to appear white. His photographs from his
and as a young adult show a very
Jackson. He married twice in his life including
brief marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter
the equally great musician, Elvis Presley.
June 25, 2009, and even his death was
without controversy. His family filed a wrongful death
against his doctor, who was subsequently found guilty.