July 10th, 2009
04:10 PM ET

Young Michael Jackson at home

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/25/jackson/art.michael.jackson.gi.jpg caption="Michael Jackson, shown in 2008, was one of the biggest pop stars in history."]

Neal Preston

Early shots capture the future King of Pop at play.

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Filed under: Michael Jackson • Pop Culture
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  1. Natasha

    I agree with Malissa & Sandy , if it was some one else they would've and they did do the same thing , same way all the rest of icons got the recognition so can MJ he deserves it and much more ...or maybe because he was black , ofcourse it is, wat else, God knows if he was white no one would be sick of hearing it ,hard to believe a black person could command so much attention huh , the best is yet to come and it's about time , far from tht he did way more thn all the rest did in their life time and it he deserved to be recognized not only the bad but the good as well, as far as i can see he did more than all the politicians in the White House did, any president did, all the world leaders did, and he did it through music , it's not called the universal language for nothing ...Study it .

    forever MJ

    July 10, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Great pictures of the young Michael Jackson before all the weirdness started. I like these pictures a lot more than the recent pictures. Thanks for posting.

    July 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  3. zoraida vassallo

    MR.COOPER i AGREE WITH Melissa MR>JACKSON should begive the attention.MR. COOPER THANK.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  4. zoraida vassallo

    MR.Cooper Mr.Jackon should begive the attention.THANK FOR YOU GOOD WORK .MR.COOPER

    July 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  5. Lampe

    Look when you are an entertainer your life is out front for everybody to sse, it's that simple like it or not. And, as far as his court problems go, Michael put himself in the position to have those charges against him. A grown man does not sleep with boys, who are not his sons. And, he was found innocent of one set of charges, the other two cases were settled out of court. And Sandy as someone said ELVis got this kind of attention, and so did ANNA Nicole, so to say this is about race, is not very smart on your part.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  6. erick donald

    eeeeeeeee what's wrong wit you Rossie ... are you ok

    July 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  7. Sandra Robertson, GA

    Thank you for the photos Neal. I love looking back at old photos of the Jackson family; the 70s seemed such a magical time, a time when life was more carefree. I know, I grew up in the 70s too.

    And Rossie, please speak softly. I don't believe Mr. Cooper's hearing or vision is impaired, at this time in his life.

    July 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  8. Sandy

    I agree with Melissa. Michael Jackson should be given the attention and respect, He has done so much good for our World:. It’s so unfair that after death he still isn’t able to have some peace. The media has picked & prodded every aspect of his life. News today is just sensationalized gossip. Why would his Will be published for the world to see? Why are the sex allegations coming up again, he was found not guilty both times? then everyone should shut up! This would never happen to a white celebrity. This type of profiling just goes to show that just because a black president was elected doesn’t mean that racism has been wiped out in the United States and in other parts of the World. I wonder how each of the reporters reporting the news of Michael Jackson would like it if their lives were on public display. All of you are in the public eye as well, remember that.
    Thank you for sharing this with those of us unable to otherwise see, read and recall the wonderful memories through pictures. R.I.P MJ.

    July 10, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  9. Melissa

    People, if you don't want to read about it, don't. Simple as that. Attention is going to be paid whether you want it or not. It has happened with Marilyn, it happened with Elvis, it happened with John Lennon, it happened with Diana. Get over it and let people mourn instead of being insensitive jerks.

    As for those pictures, thank you btw for sharing them, I hadn't seen those ones before. Wonderful and sad all at the same time. Still heartbreaking.

    July 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  10. ROSSIE



    July 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm |