The King of Pop
Michael Jackson was born on 29 August 1958 in Indiana, USA. He was the eighth child in a family of ten children – he had three sisters and six brothers. He had a difficult relationship with his father. His brothers played in a band called The Jackson Five. Jackson was a musical prodigy and soon became the star of The Jackson Five. He was a fantastic singer and dancer.
In the 1980s Jackson left the band and began singing on his own. He was very successful and sold millions of records. But he had a lot of problems too. People were worried about his behaviour, and he needed a lot of help from doctors. In 1988 he built a house called Neverland which cost $17 million – he closed the house in 2006 because he didn’t have enough money to keep it.