Personalities | The Jackson Five/The Jacksons | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1964–90, 2001, 2012–present)

The last great Motown pop group, the brothers Jackson – Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Michael – signed in 1968 and were groomed for a year before their debut single ‘I Want You Back’ shot to US No. 1, followed by four more chart toppers in a row including ‘ABC’ and ‘I’ll Be There’. The huge teen following for their bubblegum soul led Motown to restrict their growth as songwriters and musicians. Frustrated, the group switched labels in 1975, changing their name because Motown retained rights to the original.

With producers Gamble and Huff they found a new maturity of sound, moving through Philly Soul (‘Show You The Way To Go’) to funk (‘Blame It On The Boogie’), and climaxing in the masterful 1980 LP Triumph. Michael’s emerging solo career began to overshadow the family band’s (although he still contributed to Jacksons’ albums) and they formally disbanded in 1990.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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