of the legendary music icon
" Michael Jackson ". (Hard to believe that folks
don’t know how to spell
the name of one of the most famous
and successful pop-stars of the last 50 years.)
Although he was performing with his brothers from the age of 5, his album Thriller, recorded when he was in his twenties, was the cornerstone
of his career, and still remains the biggest selling music
album of all time, with sales estimated
at around 140million to date. His influence on modern popular music
and dance is immeasurable. During the Motown 25 Anniversary
special in 1983, he astounded
the audience with his performance of Billie Jean which gave birth to his signature
move the "moonwalk" and established him as one of the most amazing and electrifying dancers in the world.
He received many accolades including
17 Grammys, 26 World Music
Awards , 23 entries in the Guiness Book of World Records, 6 Brit awards and numerous awards in recognition of his humanitarian
efforts and charitable donations.
His sudden death on 25 June 2009, aged just 50, shocked the world, but his musical legacy lives on – forever The King of Pop.