Lived: August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009
Birth place: Gary, Indiana
Michael Joseph Jackson was an African American pop rock icon and an international pop star. He was also known as The King of Pop who made famous the dance also known as "moonwalk."
Jackson first stepped into the spotlight as a child in the music group, The Jackson Five, where he sang and danced with his brothers.
Michael Jackson enjoyed a long music career and sold millions and millions of albums worldwide, including his famous albums, Thriller, Bad, and others. His sister, Janet Jackson, is also a popular recording artist who has also released many albums.
In the late 1990s and into the 200s, Michael Jackson was embroiled in many controversies which lead to the subsequent sale of his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara California, an amusement park like compound that was his home.