In , the Jackson 5 won an important local talent competition with a Michael-led rendition of the Temptations' "My Girl. In , the group won an amateur talent competition at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, where they earned an influential fan in Gladys Knight probably the first person to recommend the group to Motown. At the end of the year, the Jackson 5 made their first studio recordings for the small Gary-based Steeltown label, and their single "Big Boy" became something of a local hit.
Championed again to Motown by Bobby Taylor, a member of the Vancouvers who'd seen the group in Chicago, and Diana Ross, the Jackson 5 finally got a chance to audition for the label in the summer of Desperately needing new blood, an impressed Berry Gordy signed the group and flew them out to his new headquarters in Los Angeles, where he and his assistants groomed them to be the label's next breakout stars.
Having lost his famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Gordy formed a new partnership with Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, and Deke Richards dubbed the Corporation, which set about crafting material for the group. So did their next two singles, "ABC" and "The Love You Save" both from their second album, ABC , which solidified the group's so-called bubblegum-soul sound and certified them as pop sensations.
Third Album was released before year's end, spawning the hit ballad "I'll Be There," which not only proved that the group and lead singer Michael were more mature and versatile than their bright, bouncy initial singles let on, but also made them the first group in pop history to have their first four singles hit number one.
It also became the best-selling single in Motown history, spending a stellar five weeks at number one. And it had still been less than a year since the group's national debut. A virtual Jackson 5 cottage industry sprang up in the wake of their success, producing everything from dolls to a cartoon show on -- what else?
Younger and younger listeners were brought into the fold, adding to an already broad appeal that transcended color lines, and the record label that once billed itself as "the Sound of Young America" could once again lay legitimate claim to the title. That year, Motown executives began grooming Michael and Jermaine for solo careers that would run concurrently with the Jackson 5.
Michael was the first to debut on his own toward the end of , and was an instant success; his first two singles, "Got to Be There" and "Rockin' Robin," both made the Top Five, and later in he scored his first pop number one with "Ben. In the meantime, the fantastically hyped Jackson 5 craze was beginning to cool down. The group's frustrations with Motown had been building -- not only did the label seem less interested in their career, but they still refused to allow the Jacksons to write or choose their own material, or play their own instruments on their records.
Finally, in early , they left Motown to sign with Epic. When the legal battles finally ended, Motown won a breach-of-contract settlement and retained rights to the Jackson 5 name, forcing the group to become the Jacksons.
They also lost Jermaine, whose marriage to Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel made it extremely impractical for him to join his brothers. He was replaced by younger brother Randy born Steven Randall Jackson, October 29, , who had been appearing unofficially with the group as a percussionist for some time.
However, the group truly assumed control over their music and hit full stride on 's Destiny, which most regard as the strongest studio LP the Jacksons recorded together in any incarnation. Destiny was self-produced and largely self-written, and its success helped encourage Michael to return to solo work.
The staggering success of Michael's next solo album, Thriller, signaled the beginning of the end for the Jacksons, but not quite yet; Jermaine rejoined the group for 's Victory, the only album to feature all six brothers. The single "State of Shock," which featured guest vocalist Mick Jagger, hit number three that year, and the group's ensuing tour was a blockbuster success, despite expensive for the time ticket prices.
Michael and Marlon both left the Jacksons, the latter trying out an unsuccessful solo career; Randy, Tito, and Jackie appeared as the Jacksons on the soundtrack of Burglar, and subsequently became highly regarded session musicians. The Jacksons reconvened in for the album Jackson Street, which featured every Jackson sibling save LaToya on the title cut.
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