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Michael Joseph Jackson – the godfather of the moonwalk. His career started in Jackson 5 as early as 1964, and in the 80s, he took the world by storm as a solo artist. Several of his albums are still among the best-selling albums to this day. Like many other great artists, he died far too early, at the age of only 50 in 2009. Here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about the King of Pop!

Michael Jackson won 8 Grammys in one year…

Michael Jackson and Carlos Santana have something in common. Both of them received eight Grammys in one year, a feat no one else has achieved. However, Michael Jackson was the first to accomplish this in 1984, while Carlos had to wait until 2000.

The world’s best-selling album…

Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time. It is estimated to have sold around 100 million copies wordwide.

"Thriller" is the best-selling album of all time. It is estimated to have sold around 100 million copies wordwide.

Desperately wanted to play Spider-Man…

In the early 90s, Michael Jackson tried to buy Marvel Comics because he wanted to play the lead role in the Spider-Man movie. By acquiring Marvel Comics, no one could deny him the role. However, as we know, the film was not released until several years later, with actor Tobey Maguire in the lead role. Apparently, not everything can be bought with money.

Performed at the age of 5…

Michael Jackson made his first public performance at the age of 5, singing the song “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music.

Michael Jackson made his first public performance at the age of 5, singing the song "Climb Every Mountain" from The Sound of Music.

Birds of a feather stick together…

Michael Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley from 1994 to 1996Elvis Presley’s daughter. Birds of a feather flock together?

Earned more in death than in life…

During his lifetime, Michael Jackson earned approximately $1,100,000,000. Since his death, his music has generated an additional billion dollars in sales!

Had his own zoo…

At one time, Michael Jackson had a pet snake named “Muscles“. He also had two llamas named Louis and Lola. These are not the only exotic animals Mr. Jackson had on his property.

At one time, Michael Jackson had a pet snake named "Muscles". He also had two llamas named Louis and Lola. These are not the only exotic animals Mr. Jackson had on his property.

Eddie Van Halen never got paid for his guitar solo…

The renowned American guitarist Eddie Van Halen recorded the guitar solo for Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It“. Eddie didn’t charge for the recording.

Enjoyed reading books…

He was very fond of reading and had over 10,000 books in his house when he passed away in 2009.

He was very fond of reading and had over 10,000 books in his house when he passed away in 2009.

Known to be very ticklish…

Michael Jackson was known to be very ticklish, and his favorite food was Mexican cuisine.


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