Michael Jackson debuted with music at the age of 11 and the music entertainer and the biggest pop star of the generation, also refer as the king of Pop. One of the very few entertainers to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and with 13 Grammy awards and 13 solos, selling 750 million albums worldwide and for almost 2 decades of being on the top of the charts. He is the most successful entertainer of our times and it is possible that there is not another artist who would come any where close to him.
He will always be remembered in his on stage appearance. His black sequined jacket, silver shirt, black fedora and black trousers that skimmed the tops of his white socks and finally his single white glove, studded with rhinestones. His dance style combined with movements
from break dance and quick spins and sliding around and his signature dance move ‘Moon walk’, an ability to keep one leg straight as he glides while the other bends and seems to walk requires perfect timing and his patented black shoes that let him lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity.
He has made his contributions to the world in his own way, Music. ‘Heal the world‘ has never failed to move me to tears. It has given a hope for a better and brighter tomorrow.
Michael Jackson has been in the news.. always. There was intense curiosity about his physical metamorphosis, his nose operations, and his personal life. However a lot of us are unaware of his contribution to make this world a better place.
- 1985 – $1.5 million settlement to the “Michael Jackson Burn Center” which was a piece of new technology to help people with severe burns.
- He was awarded by the American president, Ronald Regan for his support to charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse. He donated his $5 million share from the Victory Tour to charity.
- From 1985 to 1990, Jackson donated $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund, and all of the profits from his single “Man in the Mirror” went to charity.
- In the year 1992 he founded the ‘Heal the world’ foundation and had the under privileged children visit his theme park on ‘Neverland’ Ranch. The foundation also sent millions of dollars around the globe to help children threatened by war and disease.
Al Sharpton rightly said “Michael Jackson made culture accept a person of colour – way before Tiger Woods, way before Oprah Winfrey, way before Barack Obama, Michael did with music what they did in sport politics and music. No controversy will erase his impact.”
His story is an inspiration to millions. Born in a working-class family, son of Joseph Walter “ and Katherine Esther, he was the seventh of nine children, who started his career in music at the age of 11 and his journey in life to being the ‘King of Pop’. His story of larger than life dreams has given hopes to millions of others. His distinctive musical style has influnced many other artists like Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey. His work has left “unparalleled” level of worldwide influence over the younger generation through his musical and humanitarian contributions. He was not just a singer or a dancer but a culture on to himself.
Love him or hate him, i can bet that you must have appreciated atleast one track of Michael Jackson. He was quoted as “the most popular artist in the history of show business” and “extremely important figure in the history of popular culture” . He has been spoken about for almost four decades.
Rest in peace Michael Jackson. You will be greatly missed. You will live in our hearts and memories. We love you!