From abused child to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson's success story is one of the most inspiring in history. Born on August 29th, 1958, in the small city of Gary, Indiana, Jackson's childhood was an interesting and troubling experience. With nine brothers and sisters, his family lived in a very small home and survived primarily on his father's income as a local steel worker.
Throughout his youth, Michael, along with his brothers and sisters, performed as a local song and dance act. Dubbed The Jackson Brothers, the family band performed on television and radio in the area, soon gaining nationwide exposure. They expanded the band's routine, brought in new appeal for listeners, and were soon calling themselves The Jackson Five.