On this day in history, the baby who would become known to the world as the King of Pop was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958.

By the age of 5, Michael Jackson was holding the world captive alongside his siblings in the group known as the Jackson 5.

Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, signed them to his label in early 1969.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

At 13 years old, Jackson launched a solo career in 1971 and hit the charts with “Got to Be There” in the same year. He followed up that album with the release of “Ben” in 1972 and captured his first No. 1 single.

Throughout his 51-year career, Jackson sold more than 750 million records worldwide, including eight platinum or multiplatinum albums. He also had 13 No. 1 singles, and 47 tracks to hit the Billboard Hot 100.

WATCH: Michael Jackson’s top 5 most iconic live performances



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