"He was strict; very hard and stern." Says Michael Jackson.
He pushed his sons including Michael into forming a group called the Jackson five. Their group quickly arose from playing local talent shows to landing a contract with the renowned Motown label at the end of 1968. During the early '70s the group became well-known, with "baby", Michael as the lead singer of the group. This talent dragged on for decades and gradually getting better and better, Michael taking the lead and as the main source of income for the family for proving and presenting his talent to many music labels and organizations throughout the years.
Amplification Jackson known as the king of pop, during his formation in the Group Jackson five released 13 albums in only seven years, charted several No. 1 R&B hits, and toured constantly. Michael Jackson also recorded a few solo albums with Motown, but in 1976 the entire Jackson family split with the label over creative issues. Joseph Jackson the father felt the producer Berry Gordy was spending too much time with Diana Ross, and not enough with the Jackson 5. Michael’s decade of music was the 80’s. He was really launched as an adult star with Off The Wall in 1979, collaboration with legendary producer Quincy Jones.
The album topped the UK and US charts and had the singles Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, for which Jackson won a Grammy, and Rock with You.
The 80’s was Michael’s Decade of music because in 1982 he released the very adult album Thriller, the most successful album of all time, selling more than 47 million copies worldwide and winning seven Grammy awards.
It produced a run of hits such as The Girl Is Mine - a duet with Paul McCartney - Billie Jean, Beat It and Thriller.
He landed the largest individual sponsorship deal in history from Pepsi in 1983 and his involvement in the 1984 Victory tour sparked the greatest demand for concert tickets in history.
Michael Jackson had become a myth and as his career headed for the stratosphere, rumours about him started to gain mythical proportions too.