From his lasting friendships, to breaking all music chart records, to the crowning of 'King of Pop', Michael Jackson's rise to fame was swift.
Michael Jackson's album BAD, released in 1987, with cult video directed by Martin Scorsese, topped the music charts.
MJ redefines dance in the 80’s. He spent many hours in front of the mirror, studying, rehearsing and perfecting his technique. He mastered several dance forms including mime, tap, jazz, popping and ballroom. The Robot and Moonwalk were signature moves that came to be associated with the inimitable MJ style.
Jackson performs "Heal The World" during the 1993 Pasadena, California, Superbowl.
Michael Jackson (L) and The Jacksons 1977 at the family compound in Encino. The Jackson Five were one of the first black teen idols to appeal equally to white audiences, and gave Michael his first taste of fame, at the age of eight when he began sharing the lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine
In 2002, at the Apollo Theater, Dave Navarro accompanies Michael on guitar as he performs his hit song ‘ Black or White’
Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor met in the 1980’s and became close friends, despite the 27-year age difference. They remained close through the years, and she was deeply affected by his death. Elizabeth Taylor died earlier this year.
As an entertainer, Jackson was second to none; visually mesmerising on stage. Here seen in concert, 1995, New York City.
MJ's dance seemed to defy gravity, his voice sweet and tender, and his presence captivating. Few performers after him have even come close to creating the stage presence he commands.
Michael Jackson performs at the 12th Annual MTV Movie Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on September 7, 1995.
MJ in concert, 1986. Thriller days.
Another enduring friendship, MJ and child star Macaulay Culkin. During the trial on child molestation charges, Culkin stood by Jackson, labeling all allegations as "absolutely ridiculous."