Wednesday 11:30am: Boy Band Week – Jackson 5

The Jackson 5 (later known as The Jacksons) are an American pop band comprising members of the Jackson family. The group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana, by brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine with younger brothers Marlon and Michael joining soon after.

After performing in talent shows and clubs on the Chitlin’ Circuit, in 1967 The Jackson 5 signed with Steeltown Records and released two singles. In 1969, they left Steeltown Records and signed with Motown, where they achieved 16 top forty singles on the Hot 100. The group left Motown for Epic Records in 1975, with the exception of Jermaine, who was replaced by Randy. At Epic, they released five albums between 1976 and 1981, including the successful albums Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980) and singles “Enjoy Yourself”, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” and “Can You Feel It”. The brothers also released solo albums, most successfully Michael, whose 1982 album Thriller became the best-selling album in history. In 1983, Jermaine reunited with the band to perform on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special. They released the Victory album the following year, followed by an extensive tour, which also featured songs from Michael’s solo albums. After the Victory tour, Michael and Marlon Jackson left the group. The remaining four released the poorly received 2300 Jackson Street album in 1989 before being dropped from their label. In 2001, the Jacksons reunited on Michael’s 30th anniversary television special. Following the death of Michael Jackson in 2009, the four eldest of the brothers embarked on their Unity Tour in 2012, and planned several major performances for 2017.

The Jackson 5 have sold more than 100 million records worldwide making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following, preceded by the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations. The Jackson 5 were also the first group to debut with four consecutive number one hits on the Hot 100 with the songs “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There”. – Wikipedia