Michael Jacksons Early Years

From Gary Indiana to the World

When Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, few could have predicted the wild success, drama, and controversy that would envelop his life. Michael was the seventh of nine children born to Joe Jackson and Katherine Scruse. The large family Michael was born into was likely the product of Joe and Katherine’s involvement in the Jehovah’s Witnesses movement. The sheer number of Michael Jackson’s brothers and sisters meant he had to distinguish himself from them in a big way if he wanted to be noticed. At the age of 5, Michael Jackson and his brother Marlon were inducted into a band called The Jackson Brothers, which consisted of brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. After a short stint playing percussion for them, the future “King of Pop,” took center stage, sharing the lead singer position with Jermaine and ultimately setting The Jackson Five in stone.

As famous as the man later deemed Jacko was in his youth, his publicity would not take precedence on the national media stage until his solo albums started topping charts, and Michael Jackson scandal stories were the latest trend.

Even though Michael Jackson music had not yet reached the ears of the public at the time, there appeared to be a growing demand for new marketable tunes. Influenced by funk and soul artists like James Brown, The Temptations, and Sly and the Family Stone, the Jackson Five appealed to a pre-existing, immense audience. The sounds produced during the Michael Jackson early years helped the Five get signed first by Steeltown Records, and then to music giant Motown Records.

Although the early success and audience appeal of The Jackson Five cannot be directly attributed to its young lead singer, it was an indicator for the exponentially greater solo successes of Michael Jackson. To this day, Michael is still considered one of the greatest musicians of his time, holding more than 3 of the top selling albums of all time. From his time in The Jackson Five forward, it seemed that each successive tour would prove more sensational than the last.