The Jackson 5, The Jackson 5ive Cartoon, The Jack5ons: A Family Dynasty
The Jackson 5
Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Michael Jackson were five brothers from Gary, Indiana known to the world as the Jackson 5. The Jackson 5 started with Tito Jackson playing his father's guitar. Tito would wait for his father to leave the house to go to work and he would go and play his father’s guitar and his brothers would sing along and dance as they did household chores. Tito knew that if his father were to find out he would be in trouble but, the passion he had for playing the guitar ran deep and Tito took that chance anyway. Beyond Tito's control a string on the guitar broke and his father Joe found out. After having to pay the price for his actions Joe decided to have Tito show him what he knew. His brothers Jackie and Jermaine stepped in to support their brother and sang as he played the guitar. When Joe saw the musical talent of the boys, he saw a way to move his family into a new direction. The next day he brought Tito his very own guitar and started working with his sons on music. He taught them dance moves, how to look and how to stand. When the group first started out they were known as the Jackson Brothers, because originally the group consisted of only three older brothers Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson and Jermaine Jackson. Later on Marlon Jackson would join the group and Michael Jackson as well.
Starting in 1964 to 1990 the Jacksons played a variety of music such as soul, pop, and disco. For six years the Jackson 5 was with Motown Records. They became the biggest pop music group of the 1970s. The Jackson 5 was the first musical group to have four singles reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100, those songs were "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save", and “I'll Be There". Sometime later the the Jacksons would have five more hits reaching number one on the R & B single charts, they included, "Mama's Pearl", "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Dancing Machine".
Berry Gordy at Motown put together a group called "The Corporation". The idea was to have different individuals working together at the same time to see to the Jackson 5’s success. He had some in charge of wardrobe, others did song writing, and others helped with school work. The Jackson 5 was the first African American teen group to appeal equally to all ethnic groups. It didn't matter the age or the color, the Jackson 5 was well loved and respected.
The Jackson 5 would later leave Motown to go to CBS in 1976 and because of this move the Jackson 5 became better known as The Jacksons. Jermaine Jackson feeling that Motown was where it started and did not want to leave Motown. He decided to stay and began his solo career and younger brother Randy took his place with his brothers.
The Jacksons were with Philadelphia International Records for two years. They later signed on to Epic Records. With Epic Records the brothers were allowed more control of their songwriting, production, and image. Their success continued into the 1980s with more hits such as "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", "Lovely One", and "State of Shock". The group would then move on to each individual having success in solo careers and it became a launch pad for the greatest entertainer of all time; Michael Jackson. In 1984, the brothers would reunite with the Victory Tour, thanking their parents Joe and Katherine.
In 1989, the Jacksons released a song and album, “2300 Jackson Street”, which included the Jackson 5 members Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael, and Marlon along with sisters Rebbie and Janet. The song also included the next generation of Jacksons as well. When the music video was made for the song, fans were able to see the Jackson brothers all together with their family and children.
In 1992, the Jackson family, with help from Suzanne de Passe, produced” The Jacksons: An American Dream”, a five-hour television miniseries based on the history of The Jackson family. In 1999, Michael and his brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2001, the brothers reunited and performed together at two of Michael Jackson’s tribute concerts. In 2008, it was announced that the Jackson 5 sold over 100 million albums worldwide, an achievement only done other by The Beatles.
On Saturday September 11, 1971 The Jackson 5ive Cartoon was developed. It was a fictionalized cartoon based on careers of Motown recording group The Jackson 5. The cartoon was a morning series produced by Rankin/Bass and Motown Productions with director Robert Balser on ABC. The cartoon stayed on the air until September 1, 1973. Later, ABC rebroadcast the series during 1984-1985, during the years when Michael Jackson was leading the charts in the musical industry. The series was animated mainly in London, Moro, and Spain.
The Jackson 5 were unable to contribute to the show in any way due to scheduling conflicts other than appearing in the introduction where pictures are shown of the brothers changing into animated cartoon characters. Their music was used, however, during certain parts and they appeared in concert that would air occasionally and blend in with the cartoon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jackson_5ive_(TV_series)
The idea of the show was that the Jackson 5 would have adventures similar to Josie and the Pussycats, Alvin & the Chipmunks or The Partridge Family. The Character for Berry Gordy was the manager, as he was in real life and in the cartoon he came up with ideas for having the group doing farm work or playing a concert for the President of the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jackson_5ive_(TV_series)
"I Want You Back", "The Love You Save", "ABC", and "Mama's Pearl" was the show's main theme songs. Each cartoon would feature two songs by the Jackson 5. The cartoon also included Michael's pet mice, Ray and Charles and his pet snake Rosie 'The Crusher'. The pets never spoke, but usually helped, got into mischief or joined the Jackson 5 in performances on the show. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jackson_5ive_(TV_series)
The Jackson 5ive cartoons were followed later by The Jacksons, a live action show, in 1976.
The Jackson brothers welcome the fans into a little bit of their world. Through this A&E series fans got to see Jackie interacting with his daughter Brandi and son Siggy. Tito and his sons 3T, as they help their dad prepare for his first solo studio album. Jermaine with his sons and wife spending time together. Marlon is shown with his daughter Valencia, Brittny, and son Marlon Jr.. Also, fans get to see Marlon as a grandpa with his grandchildren. When the show first opens up Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon announce at a press conference that they are planning to release an album to mark the 40th anniversary of The Jackson 5/The Jacksons. You later see the brothers with their family celebrating the 40th Anniversary together and Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine talking about working on an album together. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jacksons:_A_Family_Dynasty
The brothers then decide to go into the studio together, they have some disagreements along the way and their mother Katherine suggest they take a trip back to their hometown Gary, Indiana where it all started. Marlon and Tito decide to return with their nephew Siggy and Cousin Trent but, Jackie and Jermaine decide to stay at home. While Marlon and Tito are there they visit their former school and home.
The brothers later have a heart-to-heart discussion about their departure from Motown and reflect on the situation. Then the news is then broken that their brother Michael has passed away and they agree to continue on with their legacy. The brothers express the pain they are feeling and after meeting with their lawyer they discover that they have to pull together a concert and come up with two new songs for a show. The brothers struggle with how they feel about the situation and after trying to make the best out of things Jackie and Marlon decide that they are not ready to move on yet with a show so soon after losing Michael. However, Tito and Jermaine wanted to move forward but, realizing their brothers were not ready gave in and ended plans for the show. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jacksons:_A_Family_Dynasty
At the end you see the brothers heading to Michael’s burial site and visiting his grave. They agree that they must move forward and keep their legacy alive. Still struggling, with the pain of losing Michael, they all agree that Michael would want them to move forward and though he can never be replaced he will always remain in their hearts.