All-time Great Vocalists – Michael Jackson.
Today Bespoke honours one of the more controversial artists of all time. Michael Jackson was a unique individual who we honour purely for his musical attributes and the contributions he made to the music industry. He revolutionised modern dance and was a performer unlike no other.
At first his solo career didn’t take off, but he did have a few hit songs including “Ben” and “Got to Be There.” However, in 1978 Michael met music producer Quincy Jones while working on the set of the movie The Wiz. He broke away from the family band and worked on his first “grown up” album. In 1979, Michael released the album Off the Wall. It was a huge hit and had four top ten songs including the number one singles “Rock with You” and “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough.” Michael was now one of the biggest stars in music.
Michael wanted to follow up Off the Wall with an even bigger album. This was going to be quite the task. He worked with Quincy Jones again and in late 1982 released the album Thriller. The album was a huge success. It had seven top ten singles and won eight Grammy awards. Eventually, Thriller would become the best selling album of all time. Michael had now become the biggest star in the music industry. In addition to the music on Thriller, Michael also broke new ground with his music videos. Up until that time, most music videos just showed the band or singer performing the song. Michael wanted to create a story with his videos. These new types of music videos became very popular and changed the way music videos were made.
The most famous of his videos was a 13 minute long video for the album’s title song Thriller. It was later voted as the most influential music video of all time.
Although Michael’s career peaked with the Thriller album, he released several more successful albums including Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995), and Invincible (2001).
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