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Michael Joseph Jackson 1958 - 2009

Updated on December 5, 2015

Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson

Bad Album

I chose Man in The Mirror from the Album Bad, to try raise awareness within ourselves to stop violence and treating one another with contempt, SO THAT WE CAN MAKE THAT CHANGE.  Man in the Mirror is the fourth single to be released from the Album
I chose Man in The Mirror from the Album Bad, to try raise awareness within ourselves to stop violence and treating one another with contempt, SO THAT WE CAN MAKE THAT CHANGE. Man in the Mirror is the fourth single to be released from the Album | Source

Man In The Mirror

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer's Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man's Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya' Know
'Cause They Got Nowhere
To Go
That's Why I Want You To
Know

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)

I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They're Not
Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody's Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
(Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya' See
Cause They Got No Place
To Be
That's Why I'm Starting With
Me
(Starting With Me!)

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Ooh!)
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change His
Ways
(Change His Ways-Ooh!)
And No Message Could've
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .)
Change!

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror,
(Man In The Mirror-Oh
Yeah!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make The Change)
(You Gotta Get It Right, While
You Got The Time)
('Cause When You Close Your
Heart)
You Can't Close Your . . .Your
Mind!
(Then You Close Your . . .
Mind!)
That Man, That Man, That
Man, That Man
With That Man In The Mirror
(Man In The Mirror, Oh Yeah!)
That Man, That Man, That Man
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
You Know . . .That Man
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Oh Yeah!)
Gonna Feel Real Good Now!
Yeah Yeah! Yeah Yeah!
Yeah Yeah!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Ooooh . . .)
Oh No, No No . . .
I'm Gonna Make A Change
It's Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
(Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself
You Know
You've Got To Stop It.
Yourself!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
I've Got To Make That Change,
Today!
Hoo!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
Brother . . .
Hoo!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
You Know-I've Got To Get
That Man, That Man . . .
(Man In The Mirror)
You've Got To
You've Got To Move! Come
On! Come On!
You Got To . . .
Stand Up! Stand Up!
Stand Up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand Up And Lift
Yourself, Now!
(Man In The Mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Aaow!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Gonna Make That Change . . .
Come On!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know . . .
(Change . . .)
Make That Change.

Katherine and Joesph Jackson

Katherine and Joesph Jackson are now devorced
Katherine and Joesph Jackson are now devorced

Micheal Jackson about 10 years old

Such a cuttie
Such a cuttie

Michael Jackson’s Early Life

Michael Joseph Jackson’s life began August 29th 1958 to the parents of Katherine Esther Jackson (Scruse] and Joseph Walter Jackson in Gary, Indiana, USA.

Some people may think Mr and Mrs Jackson had 9 talented children, but actually there were 10. M.J’s siblings were three sisters Rebbie; La-Toya and Janet. His six brothers were Jackie; Tito; Jermaine; Marlon; Randy and Brandon, sadly Brandon did not survive and passed away shortly after he was born.

By the time M.J. was 5½ - 6 years old, he joined his brothers’ band with Marlon that Jackie; Tito and Jermaine formed in 1964. He and Marlon started out as musicians playing the congas and the tambourine. Later, they began performing as backup vocals and dancing. In 1964, for the first time M.J. performed with his brothers at school talent contests often winning first prize. It was at Beckham Junior High, where Gordon Keith the owner of Steeltown Records observed the boys unique talent and signed them to a contract releasing two songs.



The Jacksons Brothers and Sisters

The Jackson Siblings Rebbie, Jackie Tito, La Toya, Marlon, Jermaine, Michael and Janet. Brandon Passed away shortly after being born
The Jackson Siblings Rebbie, Jackie Tito, La Toya, Marlon, Jermaine, Michael and Janet. Brandon Passed away shortly after being born | Source

Big Boy

Big Boy A hit January 30th 1968

Big Boy became a hit locally selling 10,000 copies, the other You don’t have to be 21 (to fall in love) these two songs were a part of a studio album which never got released. When Michael was eight he began sharing lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine, during this time the band name changed from The Jackson Brothers to Jackson 5. They toured appearing in well-known night clubs where African – American musicians played, covering a large area of the mid-west Chicago Indiana, singing well-known songs of Motown such as James Brown ‘I got you, (I feel good) and their hit song Big Boy.

‘I got you, (I feel good)

You don't have to be 21 ( to fall in love) sang by The Jacksons

I got that feelin

I Got that Feelin

Jackson 5 were greatly influenced by the biggest Pop Idols of the 1960’s The Temptations; Marvin Gaye; The Isley Brothers; Jackie Wilson; Joe Tex; James Brown; The Surpremes; The four Tops; some of these where signed up to Motown Records. In 1968 the boys had became noticeably famous at Chicago’s all star floor show ‘The Guys and Gals’ Restaurant and cocktail Lounge. But it was their opening act for Motown act Bobby Taylor and the Vancouver’s at Chicago’s Regal Theatre that they impressed Bobby Taylor immensely that he dedicated his time to the boys by taking them to Detroit and Motown. Together with the Executive for Motown Suzanne de Passe they arranged an audition and videotaped Jackson 5 singing and dancing with excellence ‘I got that feelin’ James Brown’s current hit of the time.

Berry Gordy at the time was not present for the audition. However, the videotape of the audition was sent to Berry in L.A. which totally convinced him to see the boys perform and any feelings of uncertainty and unwillingness vanished to signing them up.

Before Jackson 5 could sign up in July 1968 with Motown, Motown had to financially settle with Steeltown Records because their contract with Steeltown had not expired until the March of 1969 for the Jackson 5 to be released. It was Gladys Knight who was impressed with the boys’ performance during the Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, she strongly suggested to Berry Gordy to see them. At first he ignored and held back on the recommendation, due to the fact he already had a teenager Stevie Wonder signed to Motown Records, he did not want any more minors adding to his list, because of the child laws and the complex legislation.

I want you back

ABC

I Want You Back/ABC

By the time M.J. was nine years old ‘I Want You Back’ released in Oct 1969, became The Jackson 5’s first number one with Motown with a continual string of hits that reached number one in 1970 with ABC; The Love You Save and I’ll be there. In February 1970 ABC took the spotlight from the Beatles number ones ‘Let it Be and ‘The long and winding road’ with The Love you save in late June early July 1970. The boys carried on performing beautiful songs that had been especially written for them by ‘The Corporation’ which consisted of songwriters and producers Berry Gordy; Alphonzo Mizell; Deke Richards and Freddie Perren.

Rockin Robin by The Jackson 5 a Bobby Day song

Rockin Robin

M.J. at the age of 14 in 1972 released part of four solo studio albums which came under the contractual rights of Jackson 5, successful songs Ben; Got to be there and the remake of Bobby Day’s Rockin Robin. However, during the period of 1973 to 1975 the boys were still producing top 40 hits which included the top five disco single ‘Dancing Machine’ and the top 20 hit ‘I Am Love’, whilst their sales were diminishing slowly. The Jackson 5 needed to express their creativity by control or taking part; Motown flatly refused the group of any kind of involvement. This made the Jackson 5 leave Motown and sign up with Epic Records in 1975.

Can you feel it The Jacksons

Can You Feel It.

Epic Records the record label Jackson 5 changed their name to the Jacksons, their youngest brother Randy officially joined his brothers about this time, when Jermaine left the group to take up a solo career. It was M.J. who took the lead writing hit songs ‘Shake your Body (Down to the Ground)’; Can you Feel it. The boys continually toured between 1976 and to 1984 releasing six more fantastic albums. During this period Quincy Jones who had arranged the musical score of the film The Wiz, which M.J. appeared in as the scarecrow and became a flop (1978). Quincy Jones agreed to team up with M.J. and produce ‘Off the Wall’ M.J.’s solo album in 1979. The singles from this album ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’ released July and ‘Rock With You’ released November of that year both reach Number 3 in the charts and sold over 20 million copies.

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

In 1980 M.J. won three awards for his solo career the best Soul/R&B album, best Soul/R&B male artist and the best Soul/R&B single for ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’ at the American Music Awards. That, same year he won The Billboard-year-end for the best top artist and best top album performed by and African-American. He also won a Grammy Award for the best male R&B vocal performance and for ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough.

Thriller by Micheal Jackson

Billie Jean Michael Jackson

Someone in The Dark Michael Jackson

Thriller/Billie Jean/Someone in the Dark

At the age of 24, The Thriller era evolved being released in late 1982 and becoming the best- selling album in the States and Worldwide in 1983, selling roughly 110 million copies at the time. The video of the making of Thriller sold over 350,000 in just a few short months. It benefited M.J. with the highest royalty rate in the music industry and saw novelties arriving of M.J. memorabilia i.e. dolls. The Thriller Album was the first to have seven singles in the top 10 music charts, which included Billie Jean; Beat It; Wanna Be Startin Somethin. In 1984, Thriller won a Grammy Award for the best engineered recording – non classical to Bruce Swedien for his work. It was the first and only music video ever been inducted into National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in December 2009.

In 1984, M.J. won a Grammy for the best recorded song for children ‘Someone in The Dark’, which he gave to the story book for the film E.T. (Extra Terrestrial). He went on to win a further seven Grammy’s and eight American Music Awards which included the Award of Merit. Not forgetting, his first Emmy nomination, for which he is well-remembered for, for his solo performance ‘Billie Jean’, when he first performed the Moonwalk at Motown 25 Yesterday, Today, Forever. He also reunited with his brothers for this special occasion which had been video recorded for televising for 47 million people of their live performance in May of 1983.

President Regan Present an award in 1984 for the song 'Beat It' Donated for Drink/Driving Campaign

1984 President Regan Presented an Award to Michael Jackson for the donation of the song 'Beat It' in a campaign for Drink/Driving
1984 President Regan Presented an Award to Michael Jackson for the donation of the song 'Beat It' in a campaign for Drink/Driving

Elizabeth Taylor Speaks about MJ's Health

President Regan and Michaels Health

The list of M.J’s achievements throughout his life is countless for supporting many, many charities in which he received an award from the President Ronald Regan (1984) for his undertaking to help people to overpower their addiction of alcohol and drug abuse, and his musical career.

Throughout the years the tabloids was always speculating about M.J.’s plastic surgery and bleaching his skin. The media never in my eyes considered about his well-being that he was just a compassionate, caring human being like the rest us. The problems with his health started halfway in the eighties, with vitiligo and lupus diseases. His skin had turned blotchy and pale that he had to use heavy make-up to cover it up. As for the plastic surgery, the first was 1979 where had broken his nose doing a complicated dance routine. The operation he had, had gone wrong causing problems with his breathing and affecting his career. This naturally led to another operation on his nose. During the filming of a promotional ad of Pepsi Cola in a feign concert in front of a full house of fans at the Shrine Auditorium (1984). A firework display on stage exploded unexpectedly, the unfortunate incident caught M.J’s hair on fire, causing him to suffer second-degree burns to his head. BrotmanMedicalCenter in Culver City, California treated him for the burns. The out of court settlement with Pepsi Cola of $1½ million he donated to the Center, which now has a Michael Jackson Burn Center in honour of his donation.

We Are The World written by M.J. and Lionel Richie

We are the World

It was in 1986 ‘We Are the World’ won four Grammy Awards, which M.J. co-wrote with Lionel Richie for the charity. It became one of the best selling records of all time, selling 30 million copies, where the proceeds of millions dollars in 1986 bestowed to Famine Relief.

M.J. was a very compassionate philanthropist with devotion on human well-being, which he set up The Heal The World Foundation in 1992. The aim of this charity is to concentrate on the pivotal of welfare and development for children in today’s society around the world. One of its purposes is to strive for awareness within the world’s population, for all kids’ rights and needs; the Foundation also assists with the progress of the world, acting without aggressive behaviour so that we will be free of diseases.

Heal The Kids created in 2000 is part of The Heal The World Foundation: its aim is to aid parents by guiding and teaching them with the more mature people of the world, of how to put their priorities within their lives in order. This showed them, youngsters need love and fondness by putting their off-spring to the forefront of importance, so that the charity can bring to an end abuse where kids are at risk, in all walks of life, around the world.

MJ, Junior, Paris and Blanket

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MJ's Children Prince, Paris and Blanket

To this very day his own children, Prince; Paris and Blanket carry out their father's legacy with benevolence, caring, pride and joy for Heal the World Foundation. To make sure children of this world benefit from this wonderful charity.

MJ's Children Donating his Artwork

Junior, Paris and Blanket with Katherine and Janet Jackson supporting MJ's children donating his artwork
Junior, Paris and Blanket with Katherine and Janet Jackson supporting MJ's children donating his artwork

MJ's Artwork

Blanket's telling the world

Blanket telling the world about his Daddy's Artwork and Music that it makes everyone happy
Blanket telling the world about his Daddy's Artwork and Music that it makes everyone happy

Michael Jackson’s Artwork

Six years have now passed after M.J. passed over; he is still winning awards to this very day, his latest ‘Billboard Spotlight Awards 2012 and the latest donation in August 2011 for charity to a Children’s Hospital in L.A M.J’s artwork.

Nearly most of the world’s population know and love M.J. for who is. Nearly everyone worldwide, never believed the allegations of child abuse, which was brought against him. I for one, are one of those people who have believed his innocence throughout the years.

We lost the most cherished, compassionate person in the music industry by the hands of Dr Conrad Murray, who got sentenced on 29 November 2011 and served two years of his four years imprisonment for involuntary – manslaughter over M.J’s death on the 25th June 2009 and released from prison in October 2013.

To this very day Michael is much-loved for his works, his charities and for the person he is. There are artists who look up to him, he is their mentor. With inspiration and dedication these artists impersonate Michael Jackson the King of Pop to keep his memories alive. The best one I have seen is Ben Chapman who tours the UK; you can find Ben’s facebook at https://www.facebook.com/michaeljacksonben?fref=ts, andhttp://www.michaeljacksonuk.com/news.php

Ben - Michael Jackson Tribute (rehearsing Human Nature)

Heal The World Michael Jackson

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      yaswanthk 4 years ago

      Nice collection of Jackson songs..... Awesome hub...Super liked it...Thanks for sharing

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You have put a lot of work into this tribute to Michael Jackson. He would be touched. Thank you for sharing his life, his music and the man himself. Voted up!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you for sharing his story. I love Michael. I have all of his songs downloaded. I miss him. He left us much too soon, just think how many songs we will never hear. Your tribute to him is beautiful..

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      Mrs L A Gibb 4 years ago

      Thank you for your comments and support.

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      Mrs L A Gibb 4 years ago

      I am quite sure he would be proud and to know that he has fans who still love him and miss him very much.Thank you for your support.

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      Mrs L A Gibb 4 years ago

      Thank you Always Exploring for your kindness and generosity as always. I miss him a lot too; I feel I have lost a best friend, even though I am a dedicated fan. He is truly missed.

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