Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 shocked the world. The star had been in the public eye since childhood, performing with the Jackson Five and then forging a career as a solo act. His life was not without controversy, however, including his racial paradox. There were also accusations of abuse related to Neverland Ranch which was Jackson’s private home and entertainment center.
But no one would disagree that Michael Jackson was an incredible performer. Every time he made an appearance on TV he stunned and delighted.
Here are three of MJ’s most memorable television appearances.
- 1969, The Hollywood Palace – This was young Michael’s first major introduction to the stage, and it marked the first time that global audiences’ interest was sparked. The outfits, the voice, and the sass made it clear that Michael was one to watch.
- 1972, The Dating Game – 14-year-old Michael appeared on this Hollywood dating game show which ended up with him taking a 10-year-old girl out on a date. His sweet voice and sweet smiles charmed the audience, and his appearance on this show skyrocketed his popularity as Jackson entered his teenage years.
- 1983, Motown 25 – This was the debut of Jackson’s signature moon-walk dance. In this television appearance, it’s clear how much the young man loves to perform. He wears his glittering suit with ease and speaks comfortably with the audience members, who eat up every word he says and shriek at every jut of his hips.
His signature dance moves augmented his unique voice, and his musical legacy makes him one of the 20th century’s most important musicians. His untimely death in 2009 prevented what could have been decades more of incredible music-making.