Michael Jackson, “The King of Pop,” transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. He had the x-factor, music expertise and exploited them in areas like never before. His biggest USP was that his songs were as good as his videos, which is a rare combination in the music world. Let us find out some interesting facts about Michael Jackson.
12 thrilling facts about Michael Jackson:
1. A boxer’s family:
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. His father, Joseph Jackson, was a boxer, steelworker, and a guitarist but to provide for his family, he worked as a crane operator. His mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, but also worked part-time at a departmental store. He had a big family with 3 sisters and 5 brothers.
2. Disturbed Childhood:
MJ’s father was violent with him and his brothers. He faced physical and emotional abuse during unceasing rehearsals. During an interview, he had revealed that his father used to beat him and his brothers with a strap and didn’t regret doing so.
3. Fancied himself as Spider man!
Michael Jackson fancied himself as Spider man! When Marvel Comics filed for bankruptcy in the 90s, Michael tried to buy the company so he could fulfil his dream to play the leading role. However, it didn’t go to plan and Tobey Maguire stepped up to play Peter Parker instead.
Ever the optimist, Michael Jackson refused to let his dream of becoming a Marvel superhero go. When the X-Men movie franchise was announced, he tried to nab the role as Charles Xavier (aka Professor X). The casting director thought otherwise and this later went to Patrick Stewart.
4. The Pepsi Advertisement:
We all know about the fire incident that happened during the filming of a Pepsi advert. His hair caught alight when a scheduled explosion fired too early which resulted in second and third degree burns to his face and scalp. But it’s a little known fact that Michael Jackson wore wigs from 1984 onward. Rumour has it, he even had his hairline permanently tattooed onto his head after the accident.
5. The most awarded artist:
It won’t come as a surprise that Michael Jackson is the most awarded artist of all time. With 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards, he’s won more awards than any other artist alive or deceased. The Guinness World Records even made the “highest-earning deceased artist” category after him!
6. Son-in-law of Elvis Presley!
MJ’s 1st marriage with Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1994 lasted for only 19 months. Later, he had his 2nd marriage in 1996, with Deborah Jeanne Rowe and had 2 kids, Michael Joseph Jackson Junior and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. This marriage also ended in 1999.
7. An animal lover:
Michael Jackson was a big animal lover and his most famous pet was Bubbles the chimpanzee. Bubbles was adopted from a Texan research facility and the pair soon became inseparable. The duo walked down red carpets, made public appearances together and ate at the same dinner table every night. Bubbles was even taught how to do the moonwalk! Whether it was due to puberty or the effects from Prince Jackson’s birth, Bubbles had to be given away as he became more and more aggressive as he grew older. Bubbles now resides in Florida and has been there since 2005.
8. An inspiration for “It’s Britney, Witch”:
Britney Spears was a big fan of Michael Jackson and took inspiration from the Thriller music video for her “It’s Britney, Witch” comedy skit with Radio 1.
9. Suffered From A Rare Skin Disease!
In 1993, MJ was diagnosed with Vitiligo, which is a rare skin disease in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches.
10. The Moonwalk:
In 1983, with around 47 million viewers, Motown was a huge success where Jackson performed “Billie Jean” and showed his famous dance move called “The Moonwalk.”
11. Fake story of Oxygen Box:
Remember *that* story about Michael Jackson living in an oxygen changer to defy ageing? It was actually a made-up story that Michael himself had leaked to the press.
12. Websites crash post his death:
On the day he passed away (June 25th, 2009) Wikipedia, Twitter and AOL all simultaneously crashed at 3:15PM.