Amazed the World With His Music
♫ Billie Jean ♫
She told me her name was Billie Jean, as she
caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of
being the one
Who would dance on the floor in the round.
People always told me be careful what you do
Don’t go around breaking young girl’s hearts
And mother always told me be carefulwho you love
Be careful what you do because the lie becomes
truth, hey, hey.
Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one
But the kid is not my son.
That was a song that hardly needs an introduction.
“Billie Jean” first came out on the 1982 hit album,
“Thriller.” The Guinness World Records lists thatrecord as the best-selling album of all time. Other
famous songs on the album include “Thriller”, “Beat
It”, and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.”
The album, “Thriller”, was as much about moves as it was
about music. Michael Jackson brought attention to his body’s
movements by wearing a shiny white glove, shortened black
pants, and white socks. He createdrevolutionary dance
movements that wereelectrifying. He could be as hard as
a robot, or as smooth as liquid. While doing his famous
“Moonwalk” step, he seemed to be walking backwards on air.
♫ I W ant You Back ♫
When I had you to myself I didn’t want you around
Those pretty faces always made you stand out in a
But someone picked you from the bunch
One glance was all it took
Now it’s much too late for me to take asecond look.
Oh, baby, give me one more chance; to show you
that I love you
Won’t you please let me back in your heart?
Oh, Darling, I was blind to let you go.
But now since I see you in his arms.
I want you back/Yes, I do now. I want you back.
Ooh Ooh baby. I want you back. Yeah, Yeah,
Yeah. I want you back.
Trying to live without your love is one long
sleepless night . . .
MichaelJackson was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958. He was the seventh of nine children. He was five years old
when he began singing with his brothers in a group called “The Jackson 5”. In 1968, the group signed a
recording deal from Motown Records. Michael was eleven years old when they released their first album a
The Jackson 5 became an immediate success. Their music set records. Their firstfour songs were “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be
There”. They all reached the number one position in pop music record sales in 1970.
Michael was the star of the group. He was the lead singer, and danced with great energy. His extraordinary
skill and presence on stage was remarkable, especially for someone so young. The group made yo uthful and
fun music that wasvery popular with both African-Americans and white listeners.
In the 1970’s, the group changed record companies and shortened their name to “The Jacksons”. They
continued to perform together, although Michael Jackson started t o record music on his own as well. His first
album performing alone was “Off the Wall”, released in 1979.
Three years later, Jackson released “Thriller”. The album wasnot just the best selling album of all time. It also
won eight Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. And it helped establish the popularity of a new
form of entertainment, music videos.
♫ Thriller ♫
It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream . . .
The video for the song“Thriller” was important in the history of the music industry. Michael Jackson understood
the power of these videos in bringing attention to his music and to his image. He worked hard to make exciting
videos with complex stories and dances.
In 1985, Michael Jackson helped write the song “We Are the World”. He recorded it with many other famous
performers. The aim of the record was to raise money for...