Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.

THE KING OF POP THROUGH THE YEARS

Early years

1958: Born Aug. 29 in Gary, Ind. He is the seventh child of Joseph and Katherine Esther Jackson.

1969: In Los Angeles, the Jackson 5 debut as Motown's newest act.

* In December, the group's single "I Want You Back" hits No. 1 on the Billboard Top 40 Chart.

1970: Jackson 5 hits "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" all reach No. 1 on Billboard charts.

1972: First No. 1 solo hit "Ben," a song about a movie rat.

1974: Introduces a dance step called the robot on Soul Train. The step sweeps the country.

1978: Played "The Scarecrow" in the movie musical The Wiz, alongside...

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