It’s been nearly a decade since the untimely passing of Michael Jackson, but the memory of the late King of Pop continues to be honoured.
Case in point: a street in Detroit is set to be named after the “Billie Jean” singer in honour of his connection with Motown, the Detroit-based label where he and his brothers in The Jackson Five first got their start.
As Associated Press reports, a section of Randolph Street in downtown Detroit will be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue during a ceremony set for June 15, with the announcement coming ahead of next month’s Detroit Music Weekend.
To commemorate the dedication, four of Jackson’s brothers — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — will be performing during the festival, and will also be presented with a key to the city.
Although the Jackson family originally hails from Gary, Indiana, The Jackson Five signed to Motown in 1968 — when Michael was just 9 years old — delivering a string of hits for the iconic label including “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”
Although his early solo work — including his game-changing “Off the Wall” album — was released through Motown, his biggest successes came while he was signed to Sony, which released the mega-hit album “Thriller”, which holds the record for best-selling album of all time.