This Saturday 29th August marks Michael Jackson’s birthday. In memory of the King of Pop, we’re looking back at where his phenomenal career started with his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon. Read on to discover 10 facts you never knew you needed to know about Motown’s most famous musical family, The Jackson 5.
The Jackson 5 started out competing in local talent shows in their home state, Indiana.
The group of brothers caught the attention of Motown records after winning the famous Amateur Night Competition at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem in 1967.
To welcome The Jackson 5 to the record label in 1969, Berry Gordy threw a party at his house. Attendees included Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Four Tops, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson!
Diana Ross helped to launch The Jackson 5’s career; the group performed as The Supremes’ opening act in 1969, their debut album was endorsed by Ross and named “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5” and they appeared on the 1971 TV special “Diana!”.
The Jackson 5 were the first ever group to have their first 4 singles reach number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100. The ground-breaking singles were “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”.
“I’ll Be There” remained number one for a staggering 16 weeks!
During their six and a half years signed to Motown, The Jackson 5 recorded 17 Top 40 singles.
A wide variety of merchandise was available during their peak including album covers, stickers, posters, colouring books and a board game. There was even a Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC based on the talented siblings!
Whilst on their first European tour in 1972, the Jackson brothers broke attendance records previously held by the Beatles.
That’s not the only record broken; Michael Jackson has been awarded an astounding 31 Guinness World Records titles including “Youngest Vocalist to Top the US Singles Chart” (Michael Jackson was just 11 when the group first reached the top spot) and “Best Selling Album” for Thriller.