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Speaking by phone from his home in California, at times so softly he was barely audible, Jackson said he was listening to James Brown and preparing for his 50th birthday Friday, when he will "just have a little cake with my children and we'll probably watch some cartoons" -- before he gets right back to work. Reflecting back, Jackson said the happiest time in his life was probably when he was recording his hit solo albums "Thriller," released in , and "Off the Wall," released in Those albums -- which were accompanied by a string of hit singles and videos and corresponded with the debut of his signature dance, the "moonwalk" -- propelled him to the height of his stardom.
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Asked to pick a single song as his greatest achievement, Jackson went back to the same period. But Jackson was not content to rest on his laurels, saying, "I am still looking forward to doing a lot of great things. He hopes to release new music and tour, though he doesn't have dates set. But I am also raising my children and enjoying it and teaching them to ride bicycles and how to read.
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I love it. He said he hopes to "be myself" in his future work, but also that he is "inspired by many great artists," noting he wished he could have worked with Brown or Fred Astaire. He sees his influence in some of today's artists, specifically mentioning Chris Brown. He said he sacrificed his childhood with "a lot of hard work," and that he remembers "giving up your life for the medium.
I have always loved show business and have always enjoyed making people happy through that medium. I love the celebration of music and dance and art. I just love it. Asked if he'd like his two sons and daughter to have the same sort of upbringing as him, he said he'd prefer to let them "enjoy their childhood as much as possible.
So, I fill them with a lot of enjoyment that way -- a lot of amusement. You know?
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It makes me emotional, 'cause I see they are having a real good time. Jackson said his kids "love music If he could go back and give himself some advice at age 9 or 10, the approximate age of his oldest children, he would advise himself, "if you are going to do it, commit yourself, know your craft and be really involved. Perhaps Jackson learned to have a thick skin after enduring years of controversies.
Born Aug. The group released its first single on the Motown label in , when Jackson was 11 years old, and enjoyed a string of hits in the early s. The group eventually became known as The Jacksons, and Jackson also had hits as a child solo artist and actor. Jackson's adult musical career took off with "Off the Wall," and eventually, he became such a superstar that he adopted the moniker, "the king of pop.
But Jackson also developed a reputation for eccentricity. He often was seen wearing a surgical mask in public, and his appearance changed and his skin complexion seemed to grow lighter through the years. In , Jackson drew criticism for dangling his youngest son, Prince Michael II, then a toddler, from a German hotel balcony as fans looked on. He later apologized. In , Jackson was accused of molesting a year-old boy who visited his "Neverland" ranch, but settled the case out of court.
Jackson was criminally charged with child molestation in , but was acquitted in These were two of the noteworthy stories that kept journalists busy in August , but the overriding surprise was the personal collapse of a music icon.
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