"I was a veteran, before I was a teenager."
- The American singer rose to fame at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson Five with his four brothers. It was his unusual vocal style, original dance steps, innovative music videos and distinctive dress that established him as one of music’s biggest stars.
- Jackson hit superstar status with the 1982 solo album Thriller which became the best-selling album of all time, selling 65 million copies. He had his first sitting with Madame Tussauds sculptors in 1985 (and again in 1989) for the making of his wax figures. He went on to release albums including Bad (1987), HIStory (1996) and Invincible (2001).
- Jackson's death in 2009 at the age of 50 triggered an outpouring of grief around the world with his globally live broadcast memorial service attracting an audience of up to one billion people.
Born Michael Joseph Jackson on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, USA
Died on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA