Previously mentioned but worthy of a music post all their own, Indiana was the birthplace of ALL the Jacksons: the boobalicious Janet, kinkster La Toya, OJs (Original Jacksons) Tito, Jermaine and Jackie (who performed as The Jackson Brothers), the oft forgotten Marlon, "Rebbie," Randy, and the insanely famous and dead-like-Elvis Michael. Oh, and Brandon, the other dead Jackson (died at birth in 1957).
I've previously mentioned that I saw The Jackson Five play the Iowa State Fair in 1970. Heavily into such disparate acts as Uriah Heep, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Rare Earth, Led Zeppelin, etc., The Jackson Five was not a band I was overly excited to see, even though they had two of the Top Ten songs that year: #2 (I'll Be There), #10 (I Want You Back).
I was not a Jacksons kind of teen but having said that, The Jackson Five was absolutely one of the tightest, most entertaining bands I've ever seen. Choreographed dance moves, sensational singing from the then 12-year-old (maybe 11, his birthday is in late August) Michael, and very catchy songs. By contrast, when I saw Sly and the Family Stone several months later, they had to wheel Sly on stage using a dolly. No, he didn't bust any moves that night, although he did almost fall off his stool several times.
Much as it weirds me out to admit it, The Jackson Five touched my miserable, curmudgeonly, be-monocled existence. Worse, I suspect you all have your own, similar stories. Feel free to share. I doubt I could stop you if I wanted to although yes, I suspect we'd be better off if you didn't.
And a link, for those who insist on such things. This one will take you to Wikipedia's 22,000-word article on Michael Jackson.
(For those who keep score, Wikipedia covered Miles Davis in 11,000 words, Led Zeppelin in 10,000 words, The Beatles in 19,000, The Rolling Stones in 15,000, Frank Sinatra got 11,000, Cher 20,000, Barbra Streisand 10,000. For further comparative analysis. genius blues-jazz guitarist James Blood Ulmer gets 1,161 words, Philip Glass 10,000, and (for Jason) Iron Maiden 13,000.)