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The Jackson Five


1951

Jackie Jackson was born.

1953

Tito Jackson was born.

1954

Jermaine Jackson was born.

1957

Marlon Jackson was born.

1958

Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana.

1964

The Jackson 5, ranging in age from six to thirteen, first perform publicly at Mr. Lucky’s, a nightclub in their hometown of Gary, Indiana.

1967

The Jackson 5 win an amateur-night competition at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre.

1968

The Jackson 5 audition at Motown’s Detroit headquarters for a number of label executives. Berry Gordy was not present, but he signed them after viewing the audition tape.

1969

After a “coming out” party at a Beverly Hills club five days earlier, the Jackson 5 open for the Supremes at the Los Angeles Forum. Lead singer Michael Jackson was not quite 11 years old.

1969

The debut album ‘Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5’ is released, eventually climbing to #5 on the album chart.

1970

“I Want You Back,” the first of four consecutive #1 hits in a nine-month period from the Jackson 5, reaches the top of the charts.

1970

ABC (The Jackson Five) was a hit.

1970

‘ABC,’ the Jackson 5’s second album, is released. Two more—‘Third Album’ and ‘The Jackson 5 Christmas Album’—are released before the year is over.

1970

The Love You Save (Jackson Five) was a hit.

1970

With the success of “I’ll Be There,” the Jackson 5 become the only group in history whose first four records went to Number One.

1974

The Jackson 5 open an engagement at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Hotel. In addition to the five brothers, siblings Janet, LaToya and Randy appear on the bill—a sign of the family talent and solo careers yet to come.

1974

“Dancing Machine,” one of the Jackson 5’s last big hits for Motown, reaches #1 on the R&B chart and #2 on the pop chart.

1976

Jermaine Jackson, who leaves the Jackson 5 for a solo career, is replaced by brother Randy (born October 9, 1961).

1976

The Jackson 5 move from Motown to Epic Records and amend their name to the Jackson’s.

1978

The Jackson’s release ‘Destiny’, their first entirely self-produced and almost entirely group-written album. It reaches #11 and sells more than a million copies, vindicating their belief in their own creative powers.

1979

13 of the 23 #1 songs are disco, including Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”, and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”; “Disco Demolition Night” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, hosted by Steve Dahl, spearheads “Disco Sucks” movement

1983

The Jacksons’ forthcoming summer tour, which will include superstar Michael, is announced at a press conference at New York’s Tavern on the Green.

1984

“State of Shock,” which features shared lead vocals from Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, enters the charts. The leadoff single from the hotly anticipated Victory album reaches #3 on the pop chart and #4 on the R&B chart.

1995

A four-disc, 82-track Jackson 5 box set, ‘Soulsations!

1997

The Jackson 5 are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twelfth annual induction dinner. Diana Ross is their presenter.

2009

Michael Jackson dies in Los Angeles after suffering from cardiac arrest.

The Jackson 5