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Soul band, active 1962-90. Organized and managed by their father Joe Jackson. Signed to Motown in 1969. More curious than the expected showbusiness lies about their ages was Motown's myth that Diana Ross, rather than a Motown talent scout, discovered the group.

By 1975, the Jackson 5 was flagging in popularity, and the group made the daring move to break from Motown and sign with CBS. The move came with unpleasant surprises: Motown had trademarked the name they had toured under since the 60s, forcing a name change to The Jacksons; the Jacksons were made to give up the rights to future royalties on their old hits; and on top of that, Motown demanded they pay for studio time used to record some 150 songs that never saw the light of day. Michael's brother Jermaine, who had married Berry Gordy's daughter several years before, quit the group. But with the move came a much more favorable royalty rate, and the opportunity to record their own material, which perhaps rescued the group from obscurity.

Michael Jackson began to focus on his solo career in 1979, and the ill-starred 1984 Victory tour marked the end of his involvement with the group.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jackie Jackson
4-May-1951   Tallest of the Jackson Five
Jermaine Jackson
11-Dec-1954   The Jackson Five
Marlon Jackson
12-Mar-1957   The Jackson Five
Michael Jackson
29-Aug-1958 25-Jun-2009 King of Pop
Tito Jackson
15-Oct-1953   Jackson Five


Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (1969, Motown)
1 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
2 Nobody
3 I Want You Back
4 Can You Remember
5 Standing in the Shadows of Love (The Four Tops cover)
6 You've Changed
7 My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder cover)
8 Who's Lovin' You (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles cover)
9 Chained (Marvin Gaye cover)
10 (I Know) I'm Losing You (The Temptations cover)
11 Stand! (Sly and the Family Stone cover)
12 Born to Love You

ABC (1970, Motown)
1 The Love You Save
2 One More Chance
4 2-4-6-8
5 (Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles cover)
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) (The Delfonics cover)
10 I'll Bet You
11 I Found That Girl
12 The Young Folks (The Supremes cover)

Third Album (1970, Motown)
1 I'll Be There
2 Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) (The Delfonics cover)
3 Oh How Happy
4 Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
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 (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles cover)
11 Darling Dear

Christmas Album (1970, Motown)
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 Someday at Christmas
11 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Maybe Tomorrow (1971, Motown)
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 (Martha and the Vandellas)
11 I Will Find a Way

Goin' Back to Indiana (1971, Motown)
1 I Want You Back
2 Maybe Tomorrow
3 The Day Basketball Was Saved
4 Stand!
5 I Want to Take You Higher
6 Feelin' Alright
7 Medley ( Walk On/The Love You Save/Goin' Back to Indiana)

Soundtrack to a 1971 TV special.

Greatest Hits (1971, Motown)
1 I Want You Back
3 Never Can Say Goodbye
4 Sugar Daddy
5 I'll Be There
6 Maybe Tomorrow
7 The Love You Save
8 Who's Lovin' You
9 Mama's Pearl
10 Goin' Back To Indiana
11 I Found That Girl

Lookin' Through the Windows (1972, Motown)
1 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell cover)
2 Lookin' Through the Windows
3 Don't Let Your Baby Catch You
4 To Know
5 Doctor My Eyes (Jackson Browne cover)
6 Little Bitty Pretty One
7 E-Ne-Me-Ne-Mi-Ni-Moe (The Choice is Yours to Pull)
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

Skywriter (1973, Motown)
1 Skywriter
2 Hallelujah Day
3 The Boogie Man
4 Touch (The Supremes cover)
5 Corner of the Sky
6 I Can't Quit Your Love (The Four Tops cover)
7 Uppermost
8 World of Sunshine
9 Ooh, I'd Love to Be With You
10 You Made Me What I Am

Get It Together (1973, Motown)
1 Get It Together
2 Don't Say Goodbye Again
3 Reflections (The Supremes cover)
4 Hum Along and Dance (The Temptations cover)
5 Mama I Gotta 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

Dancing Machine (1974, Motown)
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

Moving Violation (1975, Motown)
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
10 Through Thick and Thin

The Jacksons (1976, Philadelphia International/CBS)
1 Enjoy Yourself
2 Think Happy
3 Good Times
4 Keep on Dancing
5 Blues Away
6 Show You the Way to Go
7 Living Together
8 Strength of One Man
9 Dreamer
10 Style of Life

Goin' Places (1977, Philadelphia International/CBS)
1 Music's Taken Over
2 Goin' Places
3 Different Kind of Lady
4 Even Though You're Gone
5 Jump For Joy
6 Heaven Knows I Love You, Girl
7 Man Of War
8 Do What You Wanna
9 Find Me a Girl

Destiny (1978, CBS/Epic)
1 Blame It on the Boogie
2 Push Me Away
3 Things I Do For You
4 Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
5 Destiny
6 Bless His Soul
7 All Night Dancin'
8 That's What You Get (For Being Polite)

Triumph (1980, CBS/Epic)
1 Can You Feel It
2 Lovely One
3 Your Ways
4 Everybody
5 This Place Hotel
6 Time Waits For No One
7 Walk Right Now
8 Give It Up
9 Wondering Who

The Jacksons Live! (1981, CBS/Epic)
1 Opening/Can You Feel It
2 Things I Do For You
3 Off The Wall
4 Ben
5 This Place Hotel
6 She's Out Of My Life
7 Movie and Rap
8 Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save
9 I'll Be There
10 Rock With You
11 Lovely One
12 Working Day & Night
13 Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
14 Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Victory (1984, CBS/Epic)
1 Torture
2 Wait
3 One More Chance
4 Be Not Always
5 State of Shock (with Mick Jagger)
6 We Can Change the World
7 The Hurt
8 Body

2300 Jackson Street (1989, Epic)
1 Art of Madness
2 Nothin' (That Compares 2 U)
3 Maria
4 Private Affair
5 2300 Jackson Street
6 Harley
7 She
8 Alright With Me
9 Play It Up
10 Midnight Rendezvous
11 If You'd Only Believe

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