The Jackson 5

The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5) were an American popular music group from Gary Indiana. The primary members of the group are all male children of Katherine and Joseph: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael. Considered "one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music during the early 1970s, the Jackson 5 group is also notable for launching the career of its lead singer, Michael and also Jermaine.

Group composition
The Jackson Brothers (1962-1963): Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson
The Jackson Five (1963-1967): Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson & Johnny Jackson (no family member)
The Jackson 5 (1968-1975): Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson


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.

In 1966, the group won a talent show at Gary's Theodore Roosevelt High School, where Jermaine performed several Motown numbers, including The Temptations' "My Girl" and Michael performed two James Brown numbers, 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". before signing with Motown in 1969.

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 by early 1969. 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.

The group continued as The Jackson 5 and recorded their first single, "I Want You Back", written by an assembled Motown team called The Corporation, which consisted of three composers and songwriters Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Alphonzo Mizell with Gordy as a fourth partner. In October of 1970, the song was released and the group promoted it while performing at the Hollywood Palace with Ross hosting. In December, the brothers made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Afterwards, their debut album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, was released that same month.

In January 1970, "I Want You Back" topped the Billboard Hot 100. The Jackson 5 released two more number-one singles, "ABC" and "The Love You Save". A fourth single, "I'll Be There" became the band's fourth number-one single, making them the first recording act to have their first four singles reach the top of the Hot 100. All four singles were almost as popular in other countries as it was in the United States. 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.

As Motown's main marketing focus, the label capitalized on the group's youth appeal licensing dozens of products, including the J5 heart logo, the group’s album covers, stickers, posters and coloring books, as well as a Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Rankin/Bass. The Jackson brothers graced the cover of magazines, including otherwise predominantly white teen-oriented magazines. In addition, the Jackson 5 appeared in several television specials including Diana Ross' 1971 special, Diana! and they starred on their first of two Motown-oriented television specials, Goin' Back to Indiana and The Jackson 5 Show.

To continue increasing sales, Motown launched Michael Jackson's solo career, with the single, Got to Be There, released in November 1971. Following several top 40 follow-ups, Jackson's 1972 song, "Ben", became his first to top the charts. Jermaine Jackson was the second to release a solo project, his most successful hit of the period being a cover of the doo-wop song, "Daddy's Home".

Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael released 15 albums, sold millions of records at Motown and toured all over the world as The Jackson 5 between 1970 and 1976, starting with their first official concert on 2 May, 1970 in Philadelphia the last one in this formation on 19 February, 1976 in Manila, Phillipines. Under Motown, Michael released four solo albums, Jermaine released 9 albums (two planned album releases were cancelled) and Jackie one.

By 1975, most of the Jacksons opted out of recording any more music for Motown desiring more creative control and royalties. Joe began negotiating to have his boys sign a lucrative contract with another company, settling for Epic Records, and signed Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Randy with the company in June of 1975. Absent from the deal was Jermaine, who decided to stay with Motown. The group continued as The Jacksons.

Complete Album Collection (2013)

The Complete Album Collection
Universal Music, 2013

Box set with 15 discs that cover alll the albums The Jackson 5 (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael) released under Motown. 

The Rare Pearls (2012)

Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls 
Motown, 2012

Tracklist 1
1. We'Re The) Music Makers
2. If The Shoe Don'T Fit
3. Come And Get It (Love'S On The Fire)
4. I Got A Sure Thing
5. After You Leave Girl
6. Mama Told Me Not To Come
7. Iddint
8. Since I Lost My Baby
9. Keep An Eye
10. Movin'
11. Feelin' Alright (Studio Version)
12. You Better Watch Out
13. I'm Your Sunny One (He's My Sunny Boy)
14. Someone's Standing In My Love Light

Tracklist 2
1. If You Want Heaven
2. You Can't Hurry Love
3. Keep Off The Grass
4. Going My Way
5. Makin' Life A Little Easier For You
6. Up On The Roof
7. If I Can't Nobody Can
8. Our Love
9. I Can't Get Enough Of You
10. Cupid
11. Let's Go Back To Day One
12. Would Ya Would Ya Baby
13. Love Trip
14. Label Me Love
15. Jumbo Sam
16. That'd How Love Is (Original Complete Version)
17. If I Have To Move A Mountain (Original Complete Version)
18. Mama'S Pearl (Demo)

Live At The Forum (2010)

Live at the Forum
Universal Music, 2010

Disc 1
Live at The Forum 1970
1. Introduction
2. I Want You Back
3. Feelin' Alright
4. Who's Lovin'' You
5. Walk On
6. Don't Know Why I Love You
7. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
8. ABC
9. Intro / It's Your Thing
10. I Found That Girl
11. There Was A Time
12. Intro / Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
13. The Love You Save
14. Mama''s Pearl

Disc 2
Live at the Forum 1972
1. Brand New Thing
2. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/Mama's Pearl 
3. Sugar Daddy
4. I'll Be There
5. Introduction By Michael 
6. Goin' Back To Indiana/Brand New Thing/Going Back To Indiana
7. Bridge Over Troubled Water
8. I Found That Girl
9. I'm So Happy
10. Lookin' Through The Windows 
11. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing 
12. Introduction By Jackie 
13. Ben 
14. Rockin' Robin
15. Got To Be There
16. You've Got A Friend 
17. Ain't No Sunshine
18. I Wanna Be Where You Are
19. Introduction By Jermaine
20. That's How Love Goes 
21. Never Can Say Goodbye
22. Walk On
23. The Love You Save
24. Intro / I Wanna Be Where You Are (from "Save The Children")

Unreleased Masters (2009)

I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters
Motown, 2009

1. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save
2. That''s How Love Is (Single Version)
3. Listen I''ll Tell You How
4. Man''s Temptation
5. Never Can Say Goodbye (Alternate Version)
6. Love Comes In Different Flavors
7. ABC (Alternate Version)
8. Love Call
9. Buttercup
10. Lucky Day
11. I’ll Try You’ll Try (Maybe We’ll All Get By)
12. Dancing Machine (Alternate Version)

Soulsation! (1995)

Soulsation! 25th anniversary collection
Motown Records, 1995

4-CD box set feauturing music performed by The Jackson 5 throughout their tenure in Motown . Disc 4 features rare and unreleased songs by the group, Michael and Jermaine from various album recording sessions. 

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Boogie (1979)

Boogie (limited release)
Motown, 1979

Side A
1. Love's Gone Bad
2. I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore
3. ABC
4. I Was Made To Love Her
5. One Day I'll Mary You

Side B
1. Never Can Say Goodbye
2. Oh, I've Been Blessed
3. Penny Arcade
4. Just Because I Love You
5. Dancing Machine

Joyful Jukebox Music (1976)

Joyful Jukebox Music
Motown, 1976

1. Joyful Jukebox Music
2. Window Shopping
3. You''re My Best Friend, My Love
4. Love Is The Thing You Need
5. The Eternal Light
6. Pride And Joy
7. Through Thick And Thin
8. We''re Here To Entertain You
9. Make Tonight All Mine
10. We''re Gonna Change Our Style

Anthology (1976)

Motown, 1976

1. I Want You Back
2. ABC
3. Don''t Know Why I Love
4. I''ll Be There
5. Got To Be There (Michael Jackson)
6. Mama''s Pearl
7. Forever Came Today
8. Body Language
9. I Am Love
10. I Found That Girl
11. The Love You Save
12. Goin'' Back To Indiana
13. Never Can Say Goodbye
14. Sugar Daddy
15. Maybe Tomorrow
16. Get It Together
17. Dancing Machine
18. Whatever You Got I Want
19. We''re Almost There (Michael Jackson)
20. Just A Little Bit Of You (Michael Jackson)
21. All I Do Is Think Of You
22. Rockin'' Robin (Michael Jackson)
23. I Wanna Be Where You Are (Michael Jackson)
24. Ben (Michael Jackson)
25. That''s How Love Goes (Jermaine Jackson)
26. Love Don''t Want To Leave (Jackie Jackson)
27. Daddy''s Home (Jermaine Jackson)
28. Lookin'' Through The Windows
29. Little Bitty Pretty One
30. Corner Of The Sky
31. Skywriter
32. Hallelujah Day
33. The Boogie Man

Moving Violation (1975)

Moving Violation
Motown, 1975

1. Forever Came Today
2. Moving Violation
3. (You Were Made) Especially For Me
4. Honey Love
5. Body Language (Do The Love Dance)
6. All I Do Is Think Of You
7. Breezy
8. Call Of The Wild
9. Time Explosion

Dancing Machine (1974)

Dancing Machine
Motown, 1974

1. I Am Love
2. Whatever You Got, I Want
3. She''s A Rhythm Child
4. Dancing Machine
5. The Life Of The Party
6. What You Don''t Know
7. If I Don''t Love You This Way
8. It All Begins And Ends With Love
9. The Mirrors Of My Mind

Get It Together (1973)

Get It Together
Motown, 1973

1. Get It Together
2. Don''t Say Goodbye Again
3. Reflections
4. Hum Along and Dance
5. Mama I Got A Brand New Thing (Don''t Say No)
6. It''s Too Late To Change The Time
7. You Need Love Like I Do (Don''t You)
8. Dancing Machine

In Japan! (1973)

In Japan!
Motown, 1973

1. Introduction/We''re Gonna Have A Good Time
2. Lookin'' Through The Windows
3. Got To Be There
4. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/Love You Save
5. Daddy''s Home
6. Superstition
7. Ben
8. Papa Was A Rollin'' Stone
9. That''s How Love Goes
10. Never Can Say Goodbye
11. Ain''t That Peculiar
12. I Wanna Be Where You Are

Skywriter (1973)

Motown, 1973

1. Skywriter
2. Hallelujah Day
3. The Boogie Man
4. Touch
5. Corner Of The Sky
6. I Can''t Quit Your Love
7. Uppermost
8. World Of Sunshine
9. Ooh, I''d Love To Be With You
10. You Made Me What I Am

Lookin' Through The Windows (1972)

Lookin'' Through The Windows
Motown, 1972

1. Ain''t Nothing Like The Real Thing
2. Lookin'' Through The Windows
3. Don''t Let Your Baby Catch You
4. To Know
5. Doctor My Eyes
6. Little Bitty Pretty One
7. E-Ne-Me-Ne-Mi-Ne-Moe
8. If I Have To Move A Mountain
9. Don''t Want To See Tomorrow
10. Children Of The Light
11. I Can Only Give You Love

Greatest Hits (1971)

Greatest Hits
Motown, 1971

1. I Want You Back
2. ABC
3. Never Can Say Goodbye
4. Sugar Daddy
5. I''ll Be There
6. Maybe Tomorrow
7. The Love You Save
8. Who''s Loving You
9. Mama''s Pearl
10. Goin'' Back To Indiana
11. I Found That Girl

Goin' Back To Indiana (1971)

Goin' Back To Indiana
Motown, 1971

1. I Want You Back
2. Maybe Tomorrow
3. The Day Baskedball Was Saved
4. Stand
5. I Want To Take You Higher
6. Feelin'' Alright
7. Medley: Walk On / The Love You Save
8. Goin'' Back To Indiana

Maybe Tomorrow (1971)

Maybe Tomorrow
Motown, 1971

1. Maybe Tomorrow
2. She''s Good
3. Never Can Say Goodbye
4. The Wall
5. Petals
6. Sixteen Candles
7. (We''ve Got) Blue Skies
8. My Little Baby
9. It''s Great To Be Here
10. Honey Chile
11. I Will Find A Way

Christmas Album (1970)

Christmas Album
Motown, 1970

1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3. The Christmas Song
4. Up On The Housetop
5. Frosty The Snowman
6. The Little Drummer Boy
7. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
8. Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year
9. Give Love On Christmas Day
10. Somebody At Christmas
11. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Third Album (1970)

Third Album
Motown, 1970

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

ABC (1970)

Motown, 1970

1. The Love You Save
2. One More Chance
3. ABC
4. 2-4-6-8
5. (Come ''Round Here) I''m The One You Need
6. Don''t Know Why I Love You
7. Never Had A Dream Come True
8. True Love Can Be Beautiful
9. La-La Means I Love You
10. I''ll Bet You
11. I Found That Girl
12. The Young Folks

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969)

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Motown, 1969

1. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
2. Nobody
3. I Want You Back
4. Can You Remember
5. Standing In The Shadows Of Love
6. You''ve Changed
7. My Cherie Amour
8. Who''s Lovin'' You
9. Chained
10. (I Know) I''m Losing You
11. Stand
12. Born To Love You