Artist Spotlight: Michael Jackson

Introduction

Perhaps one of the most influential artists of modern times, Michael Jackson was also one of the most controversial. The pop and R&B star was the lead singer of the Jackson Five earlier in his life, and then began a solo career in 1971. Some of Jackson’s most famous songs include “Billie Jean”, “Thriller”, and “Dirty Diana.”

Artist Spotlight Michael Jackson

Career

Jackson’s album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, and the song of the same name is one of the most recognizable in the world. The music video for Thriller tells a scary story of reanimated zombies and other things that go bump in the night.

Jackson albums including BadDangerous, and HIStory are also amongst the best-selling in the world. He has multiple Grammy Awards, as well as the Grammy Legend Award, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The latter of these awards have also been given to the likes of U2’s Bono and pop virtuoso Rihanna.

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Artist Spotlight: The Beatles

Introduction

The Beatles were a band that was active from 1960-1970, though they only became prominent in the US starting in about 1964. The Beatles were comprised of four young gents from Liverpool; John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (Born Richard Starkey), and George Harrison. They got their start by performing music at Liverpool, England’s Cavern Club for a time.

Artist Spotlight The Beatles
The Beatles, from top left: Paul, George, John, and Ringo.

The British Invasion

Thanks in part to The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles’ music reached the US on February 9th, 1964. This began the influx of music known as the “British Invasion”, where the music of similar bands such as The Animals, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks flooded into the US. The Beatles’ career began with performing romantic songs such as “Eight Days A Week” and “And I Love Her,” though their musical style later slanted towards a more psychedelic rock-style.