Michael Jackson was born into the family of Joseph and Katherine in the city of Gary (Indiana). He was the seventh of nine children. Jackson claimed that his father had repeatedly humiliated mentally and physically. However, he respected the strict discipline of his father, who played a major role in the success of Jackson's. In one of the clashes with his father, described older brother Marlon, Michael, the father, holding him upside down, beaten on the back and buttocks. One night, when Michael was asleep, his father to get into his room through the window. It was frightening mask, scream, and Revel. Joseph explained his deed so that I wanted to teach their children to close the window before you go to sleep. Four years later, Michael admitted that he suffered from nightmares in which he was abducted from the bedroom. In 2003, Joseph confessed BBC, which beat Michael when he was a child.
Jackson first spoke publicly about the humiliation that he had to endure as a child, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993. He told that a child often cried from loneliness and the feeling of vomiting after communication with the father. In another interview with loud, Living with Michael Jackson (2003), during a story about violence in childhood, the singer covered person at hand and started to cry. Jackson recalled that Joseph sat in a chair with a belt in his hand when he rehearsed along with the brothers, and that «if you do something wrong, he will bring you to tears, actually suffice thee».
Jackson showed his talent from an early age, speaking to students at the Christmas concert at the age of five years. In 1964, Jackson and Marlon joined the «The Jackson Brothers» - a group set up by their brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine - as alternates musicians playing on the Congo and the tambourine, respectively. Later, Jackson began to serve as back-up vocalist and dancer, at the age of eight, he and Jermaine were the main vocalists, and the group was renamed The Jackson 5 . The group actively toured in the Midwest from 1966 to 1968. Often, they have acted in a number of «black» clubs and places, known as «Chitlin 'circuit», often warming up the audience before the striptease. In 1966 they won a local talent contest, performing hits from Motown studio and «I Feel Good» James Brown with Michael as the main vocalist.
Soon, Jackson's rise to the national level and in 1970 their first four singles went to the first line of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart. Gradually Michael identified as a leader child quintet actually reach it is the main solo parts. He drew the attention and the amazing dancing, and behavior on stage, which he copied from their idols - James Brown, Jackie Wilson, etc.