MusicBox - Michael Jackson - The Magic of the Moonwalk

MusicBox - Michael Jackson - The Magic of the Moonwalk

Jan, 29 2024

Michael Joseph Jackson was undoubtedly the King of Pop. However he cut his teeth when he was just a boy as the eighth child of the Jackson family. Pushed on by his father Joe, he went on to form The Jackson Five and they had a string of hit singles throughout the mid 60’s and 70’s.

The Jackson 5 left Motown in 1975, signing with Epic Records and renaming themselves The Jacksons. Michael became the group’s main songwriter during this time and was a sample taste of some the killer lyrics Jackson was yet to carve as a solo artist.

1979’s ‘Off The Wall’ was Jackson’s debut album all of his own material. This propelled him forward as a musician and helped him step away from the bubblegum pop of his youth to more complex sounds.

His follow-up though went on to become:-

  • The bestselling album worldwide in 1983
  • The bestselling album of all time in the US
  • The bestselling album of all time worldwide, selling an estimated 70 million copies.

It was of course the 1982 classic ‘Thriller’. The album spawned the singles, ‘Beat it’, ‘Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’ and ‘Billie Jean’.

On March 25th 1983, Jackson reunited with his brothers for Motown 25- Yesterday, Today and Forever an NBC television special. But it was the solo performance of Billie Jean that got the audience in a spin. It was an ideal opportunity for Michael to debut his moonwalk dance that he learnt three years prior. It became his signature dance move and to this day people wonder how on earth he managed it!;-

In 2008, for the 25th anniversary of Thriller, Jackson and Sony released Thriller 25, with two remixes released as singles.

This June marks 15 years since Jackson’s passing following the doomed ‘This is it’ comeback tour.

A biographical film starring Michael’s nephew Jaafar Jackson, simply called ‘Michael’ is expected to reach cinemas by April 2025. It will honour the late King of Pop. Will he mirror the magic of the moonwalk? Time will tell….

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Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger