Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in the city of Gary, Indiana. He was the seventh of nine children born to Joseph Walter and Katherine Esther. His brothers were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy, with sisters Rebbie, Janet and La-Toya.
His father was a steel mill employee who enjoyed performing in an R&B band with his brother Luther. Jackson`s mother, a devout Jehovah`s Witness, raised him as a Jehovah`s Witness as well.