Jackson has gone through personal scandal, family
squabbles and numerous career quakes but Michael Joseph
Jackson remains one of the planet's best known figures.
in 1958, Jackson has spent his whole life in the public
eye as he began performing at the age of four.
the youngest member of the Jackson Five, he became
the group's lead vocalist, projecting a self-confident
image which belies the private personality he shows
his age, he managed to make chart-toppers like I Want
You Back and I'll Be There completely credible.
the time he was 10, the Jackson Five had signed to
Motown Records and were well on the road to US success,
bullied into fame by their father Joe.
is a lot of sadness in my past life," Jackson
told Oprah Winfrey in 1993.
father beat me. It was difficult to take being beaten
and then going onstage.
was strict; very hard and stern."
Jackson's first solo release was the ballad Got to
a cute child singing sentimental but catchy ballads,
he was a hit.