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1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Jackson 5 Together Backstage at the Induction Ceremony

The Jackson 5

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  • Year:
    1997
  • Inducted by:
    Diana Ross (The Supremes)
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

1997

Ben Fong-Torres

Call them what will you-  the Jackson 5, the J5, the Jacksons - they were, in the end, Michael and four of his broth­ers. And call him what you will, but Michael Jackson was and is one of the greatest stars ever to grace this business  we call show.

He still sends chills up and down my spine when I play the Jackson 5’s version of “Who’s Lovin’ You,” with its  bluesy curlicues, executed by a singer aged all of eleven years. He still amazes me with his moves - from his preteen spins learned faithfully from James Brown to his post-J5 inventions that placed him in league with Fred Astaire and Neil Armstrong.  

The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

we knew then that it was going to be something special

Diana Ross

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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