Today marks the first year anniversary since we lost the legend Michael Jackson. Here are 10 reasons we can never forget the King of Pop.
The Jackson Five
He launched his career in the mid 60s as a member of the The Jackson Five, with his older brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon. Even back then his fans would go crazy to watch him perform. He was young, charming, and talented. Songs like “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
He popularized the moonwalk, a dance only a few can master. The move was first seen during his performance to “Billie Jean” on ‘Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever’ in 1983. He was also good at doing the robot, pop locking, and smooth spins.
The album is still considered to be the best selling album of all time since its release in 1982. Last we heard “Thriller” was certified 28 times Platinum, which equates to 28 million copies moved, and well on its way to 29x platinum. This album was one of the first to use music videos as a promotional tool. Seven out of the nine songs in the album were released as singles.
Where else will you see Michael lead a dance routine to a group of zombies and monsters? The full narrative version is 14 minutes long, inspired by horror films of the 1950s. It is one of the greatest videos ever made.
This sound is recognized across the world. You can hear him scream in most of his songs and performances. His iconic dance move could not be completed without a scream at the end of his performance, Eeeheee!
The short film was released in 1988 around the time the album “Bad”, was released. The film contains a collection of long form music videos from his album. Joe Pesci played one of the main characters in the film. Although it was short lived and criticized for not having a plot, the music and dancing is enjoyable and entertaining.
He was the only person to get away with wearing black trousers, silver socks, silver shirt, black fedora, black sequined jacket and one silver-white sequined glove all at once. With the 80s look back in style, you can now find people on the streets and artists wearing the red leather jacket. With a signature look like that, who can forget him!
A ranch renamed by Michael, after the fantasy island in the story of Peter Pan. He made his dream home a reality. 2,675 acres full of fun; it contained a private amusement park with two railroads and a zoo.
His performance in 1993 increased audience figures during the half-time show. He was the only performer in the entire show unlike many previous performances. He captivated the football fans with his opening stand, frozen in one of his famous poses, followed by an outstanding performance.
He donated and helped raise money for many charities. He was compassionate about helping the world be a better place. As well as being the most successful entertainer of all time, he was a notable humanitarian and philanthropist.
Michael Jackson will always be in our hearts. R.I.P. King.
There are probably hundreds of reasons why we will never forget Michael Jacksonâ¦tell us yours?
—— By: Karina Martinez