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Jackson, Michael

(1958–  ) popular singer, songwriter; born in Gary, Ind. He was a child star with his brothers in a popular Motown soul group, the Jackson Five, and had his first solo hits in the early 1970s. He began producing and songwriting when the group left Motown in 1976, becoming the Jacksons, and he collaborated with Quincy Jones on his first best-selling solo album, Off The Wall (1979). His second solo album, Thriller (1982), sold over 30 million copies and made him a superstar. As his recordings and videos continued to attract an ever larger public and gain him ever more millions of dollars in sales, commercial endorsements, and contracts, he moved beyond being another popular singer to become more an entertainment phenomenon, known for his unusual choreography (including the "moon walk"), elaborate special effects, mannered performances, and occasional tours before frenzied crowds. Meanwhile, his offstage life also became increasingly bizarre: he transformed his face with plastic surgery, became chummy with celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, and lived in a secluded estate rumored to be like an amusement park/zoo. In 1993 his private and public careers collided when he was accused of sexual abuse of minor boys; although he was never legally charged, his somewhat ambiguous sexual persona and relations with young children, on and off stage, lost some of their appeal.
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They have 10 grandchildren: Amy and Kyle Jackson, Michael (Megan) Meiners, Lankston (Emily), Jeston, Brakston, and Braeston Brummet, John, Keegan, and Rece Landis.
Squad: Tom Martin, Zeke Dyson, Scott Goodwin, James Clyde, Ali Jackson, Michael Scott, Gavin Wilson, Paddy Coupar, Jack Johnstone, Jordan Kerr, Andrew Whiteford, John Carlisle, Jack Steele (Captain), Kenny Henderson, Sam Hiddleston, Dougie Boyd, Mark McClatchey, Ben Johnstone and Jack Currie.
| Pupil Paul Johnson, 15, puts chocs versus fruit to the brain power test in 2001, above left, while the same year pupils, from left, Lauren Gelder, Kerry Hodgson, |Kelly Jackson, Michael Duckworth and Chris Hankinson tried bowling for the blind, above right.
Jim Leighton suffered that ignominy in a side that also featured Darren Jackson, Michael O'Neill, Kevin McAllister, Pat McGinlay and Keith Wright.
Ellen is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews; Melissa Peters and her husband Ben, Kristin Bohall and her husband Jonathan, Robert, Cameron, Francesca, Erica, Daniel, Jackson, Michael, Will, Connor, Catherine, and Charles, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.Ellen was born in Worcester and lived here all her life.
This summer's award winning dance instructors and choreographers include Ade Obayomi (Dancing with the Stars), Amy Yakima (Winner- So You Think You Can Dance), Misha Gabriel (Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson's This is It), Todd Flanagan (Rhianna), Matt Kazmierczak (So You Think You Can Dance), Ryan Kasprzak (Smash, So You Think You Can Dance), Patrick Cook (Taylor Swift, GLEE), Nick DeMoura (Justin Bieber - Believe Tour, American Idol Live Tour), Todd Shanks (Steps on Broadway), Jose De La Cruz (Limp Bizkit, Korn, Evanescence, Broadway Dance Center, Theater School Amsterdam, Studio Harmonic France, AILS Italy) and Bill Hotaling (MDP Founder; instructor at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Central Park Dance Studio; has choreographed Chicago and others).