King of Pop: The Michael Jackson Quiz

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Where was Michael Jackson born?

Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 29, 1958. The Jackson family later moved to California in 1968.

What was the name of the first group Michael Jackson performed with?

Michael Jackson first performed with The Jackson 5. The band was made up of Jackson family siblings and managed by Michael's father, Joe Jackson.

How many siblings did Michael Jackson have?

Michael Jackson had eight siblings, for a total of nine Jackson children. There were six Jackson boys (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy and Michael) and three girls (Rebbie, La Toya and Janet).

Before managing The Jackson 5 full-time, what was Joe Jackson's profession?

Joe Jackson provided for his family by working as a crane operator before managing The Jackson 5 full-time. In 1989, The Jacksons — without Michael— released their seventh and final album, "2300 Jackson Street."

How old was Michael Jackson when he joined The Jackson 5?

Michael Jackson first began performing with The Jackson 5 in 1963 when he was just 5 years old. In 1964 the group made its first public appearance at Mr. Lucky's nightclub in Gary, Indiana.

When did Michael Jackson first perform on television?

Michael Jackson first performed on television with The Jackson 5 in September 1969 for the "Miss Black America Pageant." The group performed "It's Your Thing."

Michael Jackson's mother's name is:

Katherine Jackson is the matriarch of the musical Jackson family. She is now the legal guardian of his children.

What was the name of Michael Jackson's famous estate?

Neverland Ranch was the name of Michael Jackson's estate. The 2,800 acre property in Santa Barbara County, California, once boasted a zoo, a train, a movie theater and an amusement park.

What was the name of Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee?

Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee was named Bubbles. At the age of 6, Bubbles outgrew his life in captivity and was relocated. Jackson later owned two other chimpanzees named A.J. and Max.

Michael Jackson had two children.

Michael Jackson actually has three children, Michael "Prince" Jackson, Paris Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson.

What veteran actor provided his distinctive voice and menacing laugh for the hit song "Thriller"?

Actor Vincent Price was the narrator featured in the 1982 song "Thriller." The red jacket that Jackson wore in the "Thriller" short film sold for $1.8 million at auction in 2011.

Which Michael Jackson solo album sold the most copies?

The album "Thriller" was Michael Jackson's best-selling album. With more than 65 million copies sold, "Thriller" is the best-selling album of all time.

Name the 1978 movie musical in which Michael Jackson co-starred with Diana Ross.

The 1978 musical adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" featured Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and Diana Ross as character Dorothy Gale. Jackson won the 1979 Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in the film.

What famous guitarist is featured on Michael Jackson's hit "Beat It?"

Eddie Van Halen from the band Van Halen, played guitar for the song "Beat It." The song won two Grammys at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1983.

Who was the model-turned-actress that Michael Jackson took as his date to the 1984 Grammy Awards?

Actress Brooke Shields escorted Michael Jackson to the 1984 Grammy Awards. Shields later gave a eulogy at Jackson's 2009 memorial service.

What was Michael Jackson's first solo album?

In 1972, Michael Jackson released his first solo album, "Got to Be There." Michael was 13 when his solo career was launched with the release of the album.

Michael Jackson was nicknamed the king of what?

While the nickname "King of Pop" may have started earlier, it was popularized by Jackson's friend actress Elizabeth Taylor. During the presentation of the 1989 Soul Train Heritage Award, she referred to Jackson as "the true King of pop, rock and soul."

What was Michael Jackson's signature dance move called?

Michael Jackson debuted the moonwalk during a performance of "Billie Jean" for the television special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever."

Superstar Michael Jackson wore the famous white sequined glove only on his right hand.

While the pop star wore only one glove at a time, he had them made in pairs and would alternate between right and left. Each glove was covered in 1,200 Austrian crystals and took 10 days to complete by hand.

What was Michael Jackson's middle name?

The King of Pop was named Michael Joseph Jackson. Michael's boyhood home address was 2300 Jackson St. in Gary, Indiana.

Who did Michael Jackson marry in August 1994?

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of music legend Elvis Presley, married Michael Jackson in August 1994. The couple had no children and divorced amicably in 1996.

Which former member of the Beatles did Michael Jackson sing a duet with?

In 1982, Michael Jackson and Sir Paul McCartney recorded the duet "The Girl is Mine" for Jackson's "Thriller" album. In 1985, Jackson bought the rights to 251 Beatles songs.

What was the cause of Michael Jackson's serious injury while filming a 1984 Pepsi commercial?

Michael Jackson received burns to his scalp when fireworks caused his hair to ignite. Jackson was performing "Billie Jean" for an audience of 3,000 fans during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in 1984 when the accident happened.

What is the title of the charitable anthem Michael Jackson co-wrote with Lionel Richie?

Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson co-wrote the 1985 all-star charity song "We Are the World." Dozens of the biggest names in music came together to record it on the night of Jan. 28, 1985.

Who was the founder of Motown Records that first signed The Jackson 5?

Motown founder Berry Gordy signed The Jackson 5 to his label in 1969. Michael and his brothers moved to California and initially lived with both Gordy and Diana Ross.

The album "Thriller" was at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for how many weeks?

Michael Jackson's hit album was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for 37 weeks. It continues to hold the record for most weeks at No. 1.

What was the title of the last album Michael Jackson released?

The album "Invincible" was released in October 2001 and was Michael's last album to be released before his death in 2009. The album featured guest artists Missy Elliott, Will Smith and Carlos Santana.

What year was Michael Jackson's Super Bowl XXVII halftime performance?

Michael Jackson performed for the halftime show during Super Bowl XXVII in 1993. At the time, the performance drew the largest viewing audience in the history of American television.

Michael Jackson wrote the 1972 song "Ben" about his pet rat.

The ballad "Ben" from Michael Jackson's solo album of the same name, was written about his pet rat. The song went on to become Jackson's first No. 1 single.

How many Grammys did Michael Jackson win at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984?

Michael Jackson became the first person to win eight Grammys in one night at the 1984 Grammy Awards show. Jackson won a total of 11 Grammys in the 1980s.

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