Jackson began his solo career in the early ’70s, when he was thirteen. He produced an album, featuring a song called ‘‘Ben’’, which would become his first solo number one single.
While under Epic Records with his brothers, he worked with the producer Quincy Jones, to create his next solo album, ‘‘Off the Wall’’, in 1979. The album featured songs such as ‘‘Rock With You’’ and ‘‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough’’.
In the early ’80s, Jackson began to branch out from his brothers. He performed a duet with Paul McCartney, called ‘‘The Girl Is Mine’’.
Peak of CareerEdit
Jackson produced his next solo album, ‘‘Thriller’’, in 1982. This album would generate seven Top 10 hits. That same year, Jackson would debut his now famous ‘‘moonwalk’’, on a live television special that honoured Motown.
This occurred during his performance of ‘‘Billie Jean’’, which would go on to become a number one hit. In his song, ‘‘Beat It’’, another number one hit, he would choreograph the dance sequences for its video.
However, his most detailed video was produced for his song, ‘‘Thriller’’. It featured a voice-over performed by the actor Vincent Price. The video featured special effects and complex dance scenes.
The ‘‘Thriller’’ video would become extremely popular, remaining on the charts for eighty weeks, and staying in the number one spot for thirty-seven weeks. Thriller would receive twelve Grammy Award nominations, and would win eight of these awards. It achieved a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Later Solo SuccessEdit
In 1987, he produced the album ‘‘Bad’’, which reached the Top of the Charts. The album featured five number one hits, including the title track itself, ‘‘The Way You Make Me Feel’’ and ‘‘Man in the Mirror’’. He promoted the album by playing concerts, spending more than a year on the road.
In the early ’90s, Jackson released the album ‘‘Dangerous’’, which featured the hit single ‘‘Black or White’’. The music video featured the child star Macauley Culkin. In 1993, Jackson performed at the half-time show at Superbowl XXVII.
In the mid-’90s, he produced two hits, ‘‘You Are Not Alone’’, and ‘‘Scream’’, a duet with sister Janet Jackson. He released the album ‘‘Invincible’’ in 2001. He performed with his brothers at two Michael Jackson tribute concerts in September of that year.