Happy 61st Birthday Michael Jackson

The revolutionary musical genius that changed the course of the entertainment industry in the 1980’s would have been 61 years of age today.

Despite where one lands on the side of the controversy surrounding the deceased star via “Leaving Neverland” HBO progam, one cannot take away the impact he had on the world. Fans worldwide are celebrating his birthday with tributes.

Michael Jackson was a major brand ambassador for Pepsi and delivered some of the most memorable television commercials in history.

In November 1983, one year after ‘Thriller’ was released, Michael Jackson (and his brothers) struck a $5m (£3.1m) partnership with Pepsi to become the first pop stars to front campaigns for the brand. The commercial would have child star from tv show, Silver Spoon in the 80’s, Alfonso Ribeiro (later found fame on Fresh Prince Of Bel Air).

A new generation has reenacted the classic tv ad spot below.