Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson! Ten of Jacko's Most Amazing Moments

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Forget about the scandals, the accusations of child molestation, the dangling baby, the skin bleaching, the increasingly bizarre appearance, drug abuse, the pet monkey, all the tabloid trash talk, even the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Elvis had his own reputation for misbehavior. The Stones were busted on more than one occasion. The Who messed up hotel rooms, and Zeppelin abused its groupies. Madonna and Lady Gaga? Hell, they've been repeatedly found guilty in the court of good taste. And damn if Prince, errr Prince Harry, that is, hasn't caused a stir of his own. When you're in the spotlight, every move you make is open to scrutiny. 

But today, we're talking specifically about Michael Jackson, born 54 years ago on August 29, 1958. Be assured, we're not out to excuse Jacko's abnormal behavior. However, Jackson's career can't wholly be overshadowed by his unfortunate life choices. Jackson was an extremely talented superstar, one of the most exceptional icons the world has ever known, and a man -- or man-child, if you will -- who was loved worldwide, an indisputable legend. So rather than disparage him for any ill-advised antics, we offer a few of the incredible highlights from Jackson's brilliant performing career.
10. Michael at the helm of the Jackson 5
They were initially little more than teeny-bopper sensations, an Afro-haired, bell-bottomed, high-stepping quintet whose primary appeal was to the little girls who egged them on. And yet their songs proved far more than mere guilty pleasures, particularly such hits as the irresistibly infectious "ABC," "I Want You Back" (hip enough to be covered by Graham Parker), and "I'll Be There," Michael's first step toward a solo career. 

9. Nailing it with Off the Wall 
Michael matured, showing that he had it all: Wholesome looks (pre-surgery), singing skills ("Don't Stop 'Til You Got Enough" and "Rock With You," each a major milestone in the evolution of the modern pop and R&B crossover), and superb songwriting skills (ditto that last part). It also garnered a slew of awards, millions in worldwide sales, and the highest royalty rate in the history of the recording industry. Michael had arrived. 


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10 comments
celiamjj
celiamjj

Do you really think you can mask your negative feelings towards Michael Jackson with this article? Some complementary points with regard to his unparalled talent in no way makes up for repeating boring tabloid trash. AND please STOP using the racist and derogatory term Jacko. It's Not his name.

helena1247
helena1247

A helpless squeak from a Michael Jackson's hater. He tries hard but it doesn't impress. Dusty and mouldy.

girlinthelake
girlinthelake

Well thanks for the recognition of Jackson's incredibly influential and ground-braking artistry - but what a back-handed compliment.  Too much temptation to include some tabloid tittle-tattle, was it?  I think you probably already know that much of what you describe as "misbehavior" was invented or misrepresented by a miscreant media - including the "Jacko" tag - which Michael despised because of its racist overtones.  Next time, earn yourself some credibility and just stick to facts.

jasminaaliya
jasminaaliya

The legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson is considered as the most popular dancer in the world. His is recognized as the most successful entertainer by the Guinness World Records. Though the legendary artist is not among us, his memories and talent will always survive in our hearts. In order to cherish his talent, Desitara.com, an online talent hunt portal has organized MJ contest to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. To honor his unbelievable dancing talent, an event is held on 31st August 2012 at Planet M, Brigade Road, Bangalore. Be a part of this record breaking event and show that you are a die-hard fan of MJ.

ladypurr9
ladypurr9

You lost my respect for your article at "jacko".  His name is Jackson.   He hated jacko and if you researched this expression you'd learn about its ugly racial roots.  Michael Jackson was a human being.  He made mistakes, but his whole life was amazing.  There will never be another man who gave so much of himself to the world, so joyfully and lovingly as Michael Jackson.  

karenshope
karenshope

This writer doesn't know what he is talking about.  As usual there is little respect shown Michael with his "Jacko" comment.  Also it is obvious that he hasn't got a clue what "Man In the Mirror" is really about.

winonabradley
winonabradley

Michael Jackson is the king of pop!  His music will live forever!

El Cynico Urm
El Cynico Urm

happy bornday to the innovator, creator and entertainer michael jackson

cawobeth
cawobeth like.author.displayName 1 Like

"hellooooooooooooooo" quoted from MJ's Ghosts.

"Jacko" is unexceptable.

 

Why post only to insist on being disrespectful ?

MJ hypocrisy is getting very tiring & worn-out.

You say "forget about the scandals" followed by stupid list ??

 

Try RESPECT. It's s good thing.

 

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