Here is a look at the life of Michael Jackson, pop music legend and Grammy award winner.
Personal: Birth date: August 29, 1958
Death date: June 25, 2009
Birth place: Gary, Indiana
Birth name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Father: Joseph Jackson, crane operator/Jackson Five manager
Mother: Katherine (Scruse) Jackson
Marriages: Debbie Rowe (November 15, 1996-October 8, 1999, divorce); Lisa-Marie Presley (May 18, 1994-January 18, 1996, divorce)
Children: with an anonymous surrogate: Prince Michael II (aka Blanket), 2002; with Debbie Rowe: Paris Michael Katherine, April 3, 1998; Prince Michael Joseph Jr., February 12, 1997
Other Facts: Nicknamed "The King of Pop."
Seventh of nine children.
Began performing at age 5 with four of his five brothers (Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie).
Winner of 13 Grammys and 23 American Music Awards and is estimated to have sold 750 million albums in his career.
His album, "Thriller," is the worldwide best selling album of all time, selling more than 50 million copies.
Timeline: 1968 - The Jackson Five is signed by Motown Records and the entire family moves from Gary, Indiana to Los Angeles, California.
November 1969 - The Jackson Five's first single, "I Want You Back," is released.
1971 - "Got to Be There" is released as Michael Jackson's first solo single.
1972 - "Ben" is Jackson's first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975 - The group leaves Motown for Epic Records and changes its name to The Jacksons.
1978 - Jackson plays the Scarecrow in "The Wiz." "Ease On Down the Road," a duet with Diana Ross, is a hit single.
1979 - Debut solo album with Epic Records, "Off The Wall," sells over 20 million copies and has four Top 10 singles. Released in August, the album is certified platinum in December.
December 1, 1982 - "Thriller" is released and is certified platinum the following January. It ultimately sells over 50 million copies worldwide and has seven Top 10 singles. That album and the song, "Billie Jean," make him the first artist to have a number one pop single, pop album, R&B single and R&B album charts simultaneously. "Thriller" remains the all-time best selling album in the record industry.
1984 - Wins Grammy award in the category of Best Video, long form for "Making Michael Jackson's Thriller."
1985 - Co-writes and performs on "We Are The World," to help raise money for African famine relief.
1987 - "Bad" is released in August and is certified 4x platinum in December. Its five number-one singles sets a record for a solo artist on one album.