Michael Jackson's 15 Most Memorable Moments

On what would have been the singer's 55th birthday, take a look back at the highs and lows of his life and career (16 Photos)

Donna Kaufman on Aug 29, 2013 at 10:23AM

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Michael Jackson's 15 Most Memorable Moments

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The Jackson 5 on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' 1969

Michael Jackson was 12 years old (and looked even younger) when The Jackson 5 -- Michael and brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon -- performed on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in 1969. The adorable kid with the big voice was already a showbiz veteran, having toured with the group since he was just 6. Michael's extraordinary talent was obvious: During the group's performance of their first major single "I Want You Back," Michael's older brothers (no slouches themselves) practically fade into the background. He steals the spotlight -- a harbinger of things to come.

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