Michael Jackson Influences

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INTRODUCTION

An artist I believe that has had influence above and beyond their genre of music is Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was born on the 29th August, 1958 and died on the 25th June, 2009 leaving a tremendous musical legacy behind.
Throughout his career he courted controversy which saw his appearance,personality and relationships played out in the public arena. Even so Michael went on to become known as the “King of Pop” and arguably one of the greatest and most famous pop stars in the world.
Michael Jackson was born into an African American family being the eighth of ten children. In 1964 when he was six he joined his brothers band, The Jackson Brothers and ultimately went on to become one of the lead singers with his brother Jermiane
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The Jackson Five initially played these Motown covers at talent shows and as their reputation grew went on to open acts for bigger artists. It was during this time that Michael learned from these and other artists. His influences were Jackie Wilson, Etta James, James Brown and Marvin Gaye. During the 1970’s The Jackson Five were the biggest pop sensation of the day. They regularly played sell out concerts, both nationally and internationally and became well known on TV and had several top hits such as “ABC”, “ I Want you Back, “Blame it on the Boogie” and “The Love you Save” In 1974 they released “Dancing Machine” which proved to be their last Motown record. Having become disillusioned with Motown because they refused the group creative control and input of their work and due to record sales decline, they left Motown and signed with Epic Records in 1975 -1976. Germaine stayed to pursue his solo career with…show more content…
The big turning point was “Thriller”.
“Thriller” created a demand by fans which revolutionised how music videos were made and created a market for VHS rentals and sales.

Over the course of his long musical career, Michael released ten albums such as “Bad”, “Dangerous”, “History”, “Off The Wall” and “Thriller” as well as several more compilations and remix albums. He was a remarkable singer, dancer, entertainer and innovator, who fascinated both public and media. Even when his musical influence was waining his personal life and relationships were readily consumed.

As written by Steve Nopper Author “songs like “Billy Jean” and “Black and White” altered our national discussion of race and equality and Jackson’s signature aesthetic, from the single white glove to the moon walk defined a generation. Despite years of scandal and controversy, Jackson’s ultimate legacy will always be his

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