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The Jackson 5 Profile: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael


Group members: Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson

Group composition:

1962 - 1963 (The Jacksons Brothers): Jackie, Tito and Jermaine
1964 - 1967 (The Jacksons Five): Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and Johnny Jackson (no family member)
1968 - 1976 (The Jackson 5): Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael

The Jackson boys’ interest in music took place in their family home on 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana bolstered by papa Joe. In 1964, Joe caught Tito playing with his guitar after a string broke. Upon fixing the string, threatening punishment, Tito played for his father, who was impressed enough to buy Tito his own guitar. Tito, Jermaine and Jackie showed an interest in singing and formed their own group with their father naming them as The Jackson Brothers, with six-year-old Michael playing congas and childhood buddies Reynaud Jones and Milford Hite playing keyboards and drums. Marlon, then seven, eventually joined playing the tambourine. Following the inclusions of Marlon and Michael in the group and Michael's increased vocal presence within the group, their name was changed to The Jackson Five.

In 1966, the group won a talent show at Gary’s Theodore Roosevelt High School, where Jermaine performed several Motown songs, including The Temptations’ “My Girl” and Michael performed two James Brown songs, including, “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, winning the talent show instantly. Johnny Jackson and Ronnie Rancifer eventually replaced Milford Hite and Reynaud Jones.

After several more talent show wins, Joe booked his sons to perform at several respected music venues of the chitlin’ circuit, including Chicago’s Regal Theater and Harlem’s Apollo Theater, winning the talent competitions on both shows in 1967. After winning the Apollo, the brothers entered the professional music scene signing with Steeltown Records and released two singles, “(I’m A) Big Boy” and “We Don’t Have to Be Over 21”.

While performing a week long run of shows at the Regal Theater as the opening act for Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, an impressed Taylor sent the Jacksons to Detroit to help with their Motown audition, which was set for July 23 at Motown’s headquarters located at Woodward Avenue. Following the taped audition, which was sent to CEO Berry Gordy’s office in Hollywood, Gordy requested the group to be signed in March1969. Following initial recordings at Detroit’s Hitsville USA studio, Berry Gordy sent the Jacksons to Hollywood in July, hiring Suzanne de Passe to become a mentor of the brothers.

With the songs "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There", the Jackson 5 made history in 1970 as the first recording act whose first four singles reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. All four singles were almost as popular in other countries as it was in the United States. “I’ll Be There” remains the best selling single in Motown history.

Releasing a succession of four albums in one year, the Jackson 5 had replaced The Supremes as Motown's best-selling group. They continued their success with singles such as "Mama's Pearl", "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Sugar Daddy", giving them a total of seven top ten singles within a two-year period.

Classic #1 hits such as “ABC,” “I Found That Girl,” “I Want You Back,” and “I’ll Be There,” catapulted the group to superstardom. With nine #1 hits and 14 Top 10 hits, the group has certainly left it mark on the charts. These timeless tracks remain every bit as infectious, incomparable, and iconic today as when they were first released.

Not only did the Jackson 5 become the first group ever to have their first four singles hit #1 on the Billboard Charts, which brought them international notoriety. The Jackson 5 were formally inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and were the youngest group ever to receive that honor. The brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 as The Jackson 5. Listed among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" are two of the group’s songs ("ABC" and "I Want You Back") with “I Want You Back” also included in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Considered "one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music during the early 1970s. The Jackson 5's combination of extraordinary musical talent and choreography has earned the family the status of pop royalty in the music world and was later responsible for providing the launching pad for the solo careers of Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson.


The Jackson 5 1969 album Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5


Motown Records, 1969

I Want You Back
Can You Remember
Standing In The Shadows Of Love
You've Changed
My Cherie Amour
Who's Lovin'' You
(I Know) I'm Losing You
Born To Love You

The Jackson 5 1970 album ABC


Motown Records, 1970

The Love You Save
One More Chance
(Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need
Don't Know Why I Love You
Never Had A Dream Come True
True Love Can Be Beautiful
La-La Means I Love You
I'll Bet You
I Found That Girl
The Young Folks

The Jackson 5 1970 album Third Album


Motown Records, 1970

I'll Be There
Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)
Oh How Happy
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Can I See You In The Morning
Goin' Back To Indiana
How Funky Is Your Chicken
Mama's Pearl
Reach In
The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage
Darling Dear

The Jackson 5 1970 album Christmas Album


Motown Records, 1970

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Christmas Song
Up On The Housetop
Frosty The Snowman
The Little Drummer Boy
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year
Give Love On Christmas Day
Somebody At Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

The Jackson 5 1971 album Maybe Tomorrow


Motown Records, 1971

Maybe Tomorrow
She's Good
Never Can Say Goodbye
The Wall
Sixteen Candles
(We've Got) Blue Skies
My Little Baby
It's Great To Be Here
Honey Chile
I Will Find A Way

The Jackson 5 1971 album Goin' Back To Indiana


Motown Records, 1971

I Want You Back
Maybe Tomorrow
The Day Basketball Was Saved
I Want To Take You Higher
Feelin' Alright
Medley: Walk On / The Love You Save
Goin' Back To Indiana

The Jackson 5 1972 album Lookin'  Through The WIndows


Motown Records, 1972

Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
Lookin' Through The Windows
Don't Let Your Baby Catch You
To Know
Doctor My Eyes
Little Bitty Pretty One
If I Have To Move A Mountain
Don't Want To See Tomorrow
Children Of The Light
I Can Only Give You Love

The Jackson 5 1971 album Skywriter


Motown Records, 1971

Hallelujah Day
The Boogie Man
Corner Of The Sky
I Can't Quit Your Love
World Of Sunshine
Ooh, I'd Love To Be With You
You Made Me What I Am

The Jackson 5 1973 album In Japan!


Motown Records, 1973

Introduction/We''re Gonna Have A Good Time
Lookin' Through The Windows
Got To Be There
Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/Love You Save
Daddy's Home
Papa Was A Rollin'' Stone
That's How Love Goes
Never Can Say Goodbye
Ain't That Peculiar
I Wanna Be Where You Are

The Jackson 5 1973 album Get It Together


Motown Records, 1973

Get It Together
Don't Say Goodbye Again
Hum Along and Dance
Mama I Got A Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)
It's Too Late To Change The Time
You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)
Dancing Machine

The Jackson 5 1974 album Dancing Machine


Motown Records, 1974

I Am Love
Whatever You Got, I Want
She's A Rhythm Child
Dancing Machine
The Life Of The Party
What You Don't Know
If I Don't Love You This Way
It All Begins And Ends With Love
The Mirrors Of My Mind

The Jackson 5 1975 album Moving Violation


Motown Records, 1975

Forever Came Today
Moving Violation
(You Were Made) Especially For Me
Honey Love
Body Language (Do The Love Dance)
All I Do Is Think Of You
Call Of The Wild
Time Explosion

The Jackson 5 1976 album Joyful Jukebox Music


Motown Records, 1976

Joyful Jukebox Music
Window Shopping
You're My Best Friend, My Love
Love Is The Thing You Need
The Eternal Light
Pride And Joy
Through Thick And Thin
We're Here To Entertain You
Make Tonight All Mine
We're Gonna Change Our Style

The Jackson 5 1979 album Boogie


Motown Records, 1979

I Am Love
Whatever You Got, I Want
She's A Rhythm Child
Dancing Machine
The Life Of The Party
What You Don't Know
If I Don't Love You This Way
It All Begins And Ends With Love
The Mirrors Of My Mind

The Jackson 5 1995 compilation box set Soulsation!


Motown Records, 1995

Can't Get Ready for Losing You, recorded August 1972, Skywriter recording sessions
You Ain't Giving Me What I Want (So I'm Taking It All Back), recorded January 8, 1970, ABC recording sessions
Reach Out I'll Be There, recorded July 1969, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 recording sessions
I'm Glad It Rained, recorded August 1972, Music & Me recording sessions
A Fool for You, recorded February 12, 1970, ABC recording sessions
It's Your Thing, recorded August 7, 1969, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 recording sessions
Everybody Is a Star, recorded May 1970, Third Album recording sessions
I Need You (Jermaine Jackson), recorded January 1973, during Come Into My Life recording sessions
Ooh, I'd Love to Be with You*, recorded November 1972, Skywriter recording sessions
Just a Little Misunderstanding, recorded August 1970, Third Album recording sessions
Jamie, recorded August 1970, Third Album recording sessions
Ask the Lonely, recorded April 1970, Third Album recording sessions
We Can Have Fun, recorded February 11, 1970, ABC recording sessions
I Hear a Symphony, recorded January 1970, ABC recording sessions
Let's Have a Party, recorded August 1972, Skywriter recording sessions
Love Scenes, recorded August 1972, Skywriter recording sessions
LuLu, recorded November 1971, Got To Be There recording sessions
Money Honey, recorded February 14, 1970, ABC recording sessions
Coming Home, recorded November 1971, Lookin' Through The Windows recording sessions

* Track 9 was originally supposed to be the track You're The Only One (as it says on the back cover art), but was replaced at the last minute.

The Jackson 5 2009 album I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters


Motown Records, 2009

Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save
That's How Love Is (Single Version)
Listen I'll Tell You How
Man's Temptation
Never Can Say Goodbye (Alternate Version)
Love Comes In Different Flavors
ABC (Alternate Version)
Love Call
Lucky Day
I’ll Try You’ll Try (Maybe We’ll All Get By)
Dancing Machine (Alternate Version)

The Jackson 5 2010 albums Live At The Forum 1970 and 1972


Motown Records, 2010

Live at The Forum 1970
I Want You Back
Feelin' Alright
Who's Lovin'' You
Walk On
Don't Know Why I Love You
Intro / It's Your Thing
I Found That Girl
There Was A Time
Intro / Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
The Love You Save
Mama's Pearl

Live at the Forum 1972
Brand New Thing
Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/Mama's Pearl
Sugar Daddy
I'll Be There
Introduction By Michael
Goin' Back To Indiana/Brand New Thing/Going Back To Indiana
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I Found That Girl
I'm So Happy
Lookin' Through The Windows
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
Introduction By Jackie
Rockin' Robin
Got To Be There
You've Got A Friend
Ain't No Sunshine
I Wanna Be Where You Are
Introduction By Jermaine
That's How Love Goes
Never Can Say Goodbye
Walk On
The Love You Save
Intro/I Wanna Be Where You Are

The Jackson 5 2012 album Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls


Motown Records, 2012

(We'Re The) Music Makers
If The Shoe Don't Fit
Come And Get It (Love's On The Fire)
I Got A Sure Thing
After You Leave Girl
Mama Told Me Not To Come
Since I Lost My Baby
Keep An Eye
Feelin' Alright (Studio Version)
You Better Watch Out
I'm Your Sunny One (He's My Sunny Boy)
Someone's Standing In My Love Light

If You Want Heaven
You Can't Hurry Love
Keep Off The Grass
Going My Way
Makin' Life A Little Easier For You
Up On The Roof
If I Can't Nobody Can
Our Love
I Can't Get Enough Of You
Let's Go Back To Day One
Would Ya Would Ya Baby
Love Trip
Label Me Love
Jumbo Sam
That'd How Love Is (Original Complete Version)
If I Have To Move A Mountain (Original Complete Version)
Mama'S Pearl (Demo)

The Jacksons 1970 Motown Phenomenons