The Jackson 5 (sometimes stylized as Jackson 5ive; later known as the The Jacksons)
are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed
in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael.
After participating in talent shows and the chitlin' circuit, they
entered the professional music scene in 1967 signing with Steeltown
Records, releasing two singles, before signing with Motown in 1969.
Among the first groups of black American performers to attain a
crossover following, preceded only by The Supremes, The Four Tops and
The Temptations, they made history in 1970 as the first recording act
whose first four singles reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100,
with the songs: "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save" and "I'll
Be There". Scoring 17 top forty singles on the Hot 100, after continuing
with further hits such as "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Dancing
Machine", most of the group with the exception of Jermaine, left Motown
for Epic Records in 1975, where with brother Randy taking Jermaine's
place, they released five albums between 1976 and 1981, including the
hit albums, Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980) and the hit singles,
"Enjoy Yourself", "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "Can You
Feel It". In 1983, Jermaine reunited with the band to perform on Motown
25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and subsequently released the Victory
album the following year. Following the end of their tour to promote the
album, Michael Jackson and Marlon Jackson promptly left the group. The
remaining four released the poorly received 2300 Jackson Street album in
1989 before being dropped from their label.
Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Vocal Group
Hall of Fame in 1999, the Jacksons reunited in 2001 on Michael's 30th
anniversary television special. Following Michael's death in 2009, the
four eldest of the brothers embarked on their Unity Tour in 2012.
In September 2010, Jermaine Jackson held his own "tribute" concert to
Michael in Las Vegas. In 2011, Jackie Jackson released a solo single to
iTunes, while Jermaine released his first solo album in 21 years, I Wish
U Love. Following the release of one solo album, Marlon Jackson quit
the music business in 1989 and invested in real estate. Randy Jackson
hasn't been active in the industry since he disbanded the group Randy
& The Gypsys in 1991. In August 2011, there appeared to be a discord
between the brothers concerning a tribute concert dedicated to Michael.
While Jackie, Tito and Marlon were present alongside mother Katherine
and sister La Toya for a tribute concert in Cardiff at the Millennium
Stadium for a press conference concerning the tour, a couple days after
the press conference, both Randy and Jermaine issued a statement
denouncing the tribute tour as the date of it occurring around the same
time of Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial in relation to Michael's
death. The show carried on with Jackie, Tito and Marlon performing
without Jermaine. In April 2012, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon
announced that they would reunite for several US concerts for their
Unity Tour. 38 dates were announced, however, 11 shows in the United
States were cancelled. The tour started at Casino Rama in Rama, Canada
on June 20 and ended on December 9 in Osaka, Japan.