On the eve of the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s shocking death, RadarOnline.com has exclusive never-before-seen photos of The King of Pop performing with the Jackson Five in the years before he became a solo sensation.
The stunning images show Jackson on stage with his brothers — Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie — while touring with the band during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The collection includes historic shots of him dancing and sliding across the stage with youthful exuberance.
The music legend’s pre-plastic surgery face and darker skin is almost unrecognizable from how it looked in the latter years of his life – a sad reminder of his ultimate demise.
Wearing shiny white pants with knee pads and striped shirt, Jackson showed off his love of performing and the amazing dances moves that would be seen around the world for decades to come.
Jackson clutched the microphone while singing heartfelt love songs – 15 years before the sex scandal that dubbed him a pedophile – while his siblings play back up instruments behind him.
In earlier photographs from the seventies, Jackson looks like a child with his Afro haircut, rainbow-colored shirt and flared pants, as his shimmies across the stage in sync with his brothers.