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“Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man” is the famous quote from St Francis Xavier, and it’s something anyone trying to make sense of Michael Jackson’s extraordinary life should start with. Work had long characterised the life of seven-year-old Michael, and was centred around his home in Gary, Indiana, and the wider Midwest. Michael’s ambitious father, Joe, had already got his sons performing in numerous local talent shows and, with Michael on lead vocals, the group known as Jackson 5 had started to win some. They were building a solid reputation and secured prestigious support slots for acts the likes of Gladys Knight, and it was perhaps inevitable that the major labels would soon start looking at the group with interest. So the family had found itself relocated to Los Angeles by the start of 1970 – the year Michael turned seven – after Jackson 5 signed to Motown. Success with the label was almost instantaneous and the group made history when their first four Motown releases, including the classics ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘I’ll Be There’, went to the top of the Billboard charts. Diana Ross was initially marketed as the mentor to the young hitmakers, and, by the end of 1970, they’d released their first LP, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson Five, and even found time to issue a Christmas album.
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Got to Be There

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Ben

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Forever, Michael

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Off The Wall

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Thriller

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Bad

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Dangerous

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HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

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Invincible

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