Even 100 years from now, people will look back at the turn of the 21st century – and salute Michael Jackson for his contribution to the field of pop music. Besides his brilliant songs and music videos, his life and times – filled with controversies, stories and interesting facets – never fails to amaze his fans. So we pay a tribute to the King of Pop with 30 lesser known facts about him!
1. Pinocchio was MJ’s favorite animated character.
2. His favorite books as a child were ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea’.
3. Michael Jackson was very ticklish.
4. He used to be very mischievous – putting spiders in his sister La Toyah’s bed!
5. In the movie version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ called ‘The Wiz’, MJ played Scarecrow.
6. Jackson won eight Grammy’s in 1984 – this is the highest number ever won by a single person in one year.
7. He was only five when he gave his first public performance – and sang ‘Climb Every Mountain’.
8. Selling an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, ‘Thriller’ remains the world’s best-selling record of all time.
9. Two other best-selling records of the world of his also include ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous’.
10. When the video of ‘Billie Jean’ first aired on MTV, it was the first one by a black artist to do so!
11. His estimated lifetime earnings total at $500 million!
12. Michael picked up the moonwalk from some street dancers and made it a famous dance step.
13. The most expensive video ever made was Michael Jackson’s ‘Scream’. It cost £3.8 million!
14. MJ has had 13 number one hits on the US Billboard charts. He is preceded only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey.
15. MJ was once challenged to a dance-off by MC Hammer.
16. Michael was rehearsing for his greatest comeback when he died four years ago. He had scheduled 50 shows in London itself!
17. Can you believe that one of MJ’s video was directed by Martin Scorsese? If you cannot guess which one it is, let us tell you that it’s ‘Bad’!
18. The biggest-selling double album released in US still remains MJ’s ‘HIStory’
19. Did you know that MJ was diagnosed with vitiligo in 1993 by his dermatologist? It is a rare skin disease which causes sufferers to lose pigmentation in their skin.
20. The disease affects 1-2% of the population.
21. MJ had admitted to having had not one, but two nose jobs!
22. The singer’s middle name was Joseph.
23. Listening to early Jackson 5 records, he describes his own voice to be “like Minnie Mouse”.
24. When he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 1993, MJ admitted to having suffered from loneliness and a traumatic childhood.
25. MJ stayed off meat – he was a pure vegetarian!
26. The controversial celeb admitted to sharing beds with kids in a TV documentary – he said that the practice was sweet, not sexual!
27. His first marriage lasted only 19 months – he was married to Lisa Marie Presley.
28. He had two kids with his second wife Deborah Jeanne Rowe – Michael Joseph Jackson Junior (also known as Prince) and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.
29. His second marriage with Rowe ended in 1999. Jackson got full custody rights of the children.
30. Michael was a huge fan of ‘The Three Stooges’.