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Jackson 5

Quintet of brothers formed and managed by their father beginning in 1966 in Gary, Indiana. Consisted of "Jackie", "Tito", Jermaine, Marlon and lead singer Michael. Discovered by Diana Ross. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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  • Sep 1, 2010
Boy, do I remember watching the "Jackson Five" on TV growing up as a kid!!!  Michael was so talented, definitely carried the group!!!  Unfortunately, Michael's meteoric rise to stardom and his precipitous fall reminds me of the plot of a typical Greek tragedy.  It is such a shame that a talent of his caliber fell to such lows, and by his own actions. 

After seeing some of Michael's MTV videos, Gene Kelly remarked that Michael was the most talented dancer he ever saw!  It just adds more weight to the depth of the tragic fall.
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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The Jackson 5 were one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music during the early '70s, and the last great group to come out of the Motown hitmaking machine before Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder shifted the label's focus to more individual visions. The Jackson 5's infectious brand of funky pop-soul was a definite departure from the typically smooth, elegant Motown sound, as befitting the group's youth and the dawn of a new decade. That youth, coupled with the merchandising juggernaut that sprang up behind them, inevitably got them tagged a bubblegum group. But they were far more talented musically than that label would suggest, especially lead singer Michael, and their material, while sunny and upbeat, didn't pander to its audience. Solo careers and overexposure gradually weakened the Jackson 5, but their best music still holds up surprisingly well as some of the most vibrant mainstream pop/R&B of its era.

Originally, the Jackson 5 were composed of brothers Jackie (born Sigmund Jackson, May 4, 1951), Tito (guitar, born Toriano Jackson, October 15, 1953), Jermaine (bass, lead vocals, born December 11, 1954), Marlon (born March 12, 1957), and Michael (lead vocals, born August 29, 1958). By all accounts, the Jackson family's upbringing in Gary, IN, was strict; their mother Katherine was a devout Jehovah's Witness, and their father Joe was a stern, temperamental disciplinarian. Allowed few outside interests, the boys gravitated to music, which was ...

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