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Michael Jackson was an award-winning international superstar singer who remains a household name across the country. Jackson was born in 1958 in Gary, Indiana, to humble beginnings. At the age of 5, Jackson’s father saw a unique talent in his son and began working him daily with four of his brothers, who would go on to become the successful band the Jackson Five. After years of working alongside his brothers, Jackson broke out as a single artist in 1975. He released numerous albums between 1975 and 1981, but it was his 1982 album, Thriller, that catapulted Jackson into megastardom, which was followed by numerous other hit albums.