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The Jacksons



Jackie (b. Sigmund Esco Jackson, 4 May 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA), Tito (b. Toriano Adaryll Jackson, 15 October 1953, Gary, Indiana, USA), Marlon (b. Marlon David Jackson, 12 March 1957, Gary, Indiana, USA), Michael (b. Michael Joseph Jackson, 29 August 1958, Gary, Indiana, USA) and Randy Jackson (b. Steven Randall Jackson, 29 October 1962, Gary, Indiana, USA) changed their collective name from the Jackson Five to the Jacksons in March 1976, following their departure from Motown Records. At the same time, Randy Jackson replaced his brother Jermaine Jackson, handling percussion and backing vocals. The group’s new recording contract with Epic offered them a more lucrative agreement than they had enjoyed with Motown, although at first they seemed to have exchanged one artistic strait-jacket for another. Their initial releases were written, arranged and produced by Gamble And Huff, whose expertise ensured that the Jacksons sounded professional, but slightly anonymous. ‘Enjoy Yourself’ and ‘Show You The Way To Go’ were both major hits in the US charts, and the latter also topped the UK sales listing. The group’s second album with Gamble And Huff, Goin’ Places, heralded a definite decline in popularity. Destiny saw the Jacksons reassert control over writing and production, and produced a string of worldwide hit singles. ‘Blame It on The Boogie’ caught the mood of the burgeoning disco market, while the group’s self-composed ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ signalled Michael Jackson’s growing artistic maturity. The success of Michael’s first adult solo venture, Off The Wall in 1979, switched his attention away from the group. On Triumph, they merely repeated the glories of their previous album, although the commercial appeal of anything bearing Michael’s voice helped singles such as ‘Can You Feel It?’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Lovely One’ achieve success on both sides of the Atlantic. The Jacksons’ 1981 US tour emphasized Michael’s dominance over the group, and the resulting Live included many of his solo hits alongside the brothers’ joint repertoire. Between 1981 and the release of Victory in 1984, Michael issued Thriller, which regularly heads the bestselling album of all time list. When the Jacksons’ own effort was released, it became apparent that he had made only token contributions to the record, and its commercial fortune suffered accordingly. ‘State Of Shock’, which paired Michael with Mick Jagger, was a US hit, but sold in smaller quantities than expected. Hysteria surrounded the group’s ‘Victory Tour’ in the summer of 1984; adverse press comment greeted the distribution of tickets, and the Jacksons were accused of pricing themselves out of the reach of their black fans. Although they were joined onstage by their brother Jermaine for the first time since 1975, media and public attention was focused firmly on Michael. Realizing that they were becoming increasingly irrelevant, the other members of the group began to voice their grievances in the press; as a result, Michael Jackson stated that he would not be working with his brothers in the future. The Jacksons struggled to come to terms with his departure, and it was five years before their next project was complete. 2300 Jackson Street highlighted their dilemma: once the media realized that Michael was not involved, they effectively boycotted its release. Randy Jackson was sentenced to a one-month jail sentence in November 1990 for assaulting his wife. In 1992, ABC aired the five-hour mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream.
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
  2.   Enjoy Yourself
  3.   Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
  4.   Blame It on the Boogie
  5.   Can You Feel It
  6.   State of Shock
  7.   Lovely One
  8.   Walk Right Now
  9.   This Place Hotel
  10.   Good Times
  11.   Music's Takin' Over
  12.   Off the Wall
  13.   Rock With You
  14.   Got to Be There
  15.   Wondering Who
  16.   Everybody
  17.   Dreamer
  18.   That's What You Get (For Being Polite)
  19.   Ben
  20.   Shake a Body
  21.   Opening/Can You Feel It
  22.   Jump For Joy
  23.   Movie and Rap (Including Excerpts of: I Want You Back/Never Can Say G)
  24.   Things I Do for You
  25.   She's Out of My Life
  26.   Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  27.   Push Me Away
  28.   Rockin' Robin
  29.   One More Chance
  30.   One More Chance
  31.   Play It Up
  32.   Alright With Me
  33.   She
  34.   Harley
  35.   2300 Jackson Street
  36.   Private Affair
  37.   Maria
  38.   Nothin (That Compares 2 U)
  39.   I'll Be There
  40.   Body
  41.   The Hurt
  42.   Be Not Always
  43.   Wait
  44.   Find Me a Girl
  45.   Give It Up
  46.   Time Waits for No One
  47.   Your Ways by Fabio & Grooverider
  48.   Style of Life
  49.   Living Together
  50.   Blues Away
  51.   Heaven Knows I Love You, Girl
  52.   All Night Dancin'
  53.   Destiny
  54.   Think Happy
  55.   Do What You Wanna
  56.   Heaven Knows I Love You
  57.   Bless His Soul
  58.   Keep On Dancing
  59.   Art of Madness
  60.   Midnight Rendezvous
  61.   We Can Change the World
  62.   Different Kind Of Lady
  63.   Even Though You're Gone
  64.   Wtate of Shock
  65.   Working Day and Night
  66.   If You'd Only Believe
  67.   Torture
  68.   Man Of War
  69.   Strength of One Man
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