Michael’s Early Years.. 1960’s
The Jackson Brothers were renamed the “Jackson 5” during their first public performance at children fashion show in Glen Park where they perform “Doin The Jerk”.
The Jackson 5 entered and won the Roosvelt High School talent show where they performed “My Girl”;
Two months later, they won the Annual Talent Show at Gilroy Stadium where they perform “Barefootin” and received their first ever press article in the Gary Post Tribune.
They began practicing at Mr Lucky’s , a nightclub in Gary where they perform six times a week.
First known photo of Michael Jackson performing with his brothers when they were known as the Ripples and Waves. This photo was taken at the talent contest at Roosevelt High in Gary Indiana, 1966, with Marlon on tamborine, Tito on bass, Jackie and Jermaine dancing, and Michael on bongos (far right) at age 8. Jermaine was the lead singer of the Ripples and Waves at that time. Milford Hite is on drums, and lead guitarist was Reynaud Jones (not in photo). They were both classmates of Tito and were members of the original group.
Photo courtesy of J5 Collector
The Jackson 5 won first prize in an amateur talent show at Gary ‘s Memorial Auditorium.
They entered in the Sunday Night Amateur Talent show at the Regal Theater in Chicago where they became a three times winner and also won the Multiple Winners Super Talent show and were placed on the same bill as top R&B act of the year, Gladys Knight & The Pips.
In August, The Jackson5 were entered into the “Super Dogs” final at Harlem ‘s legendary Apollo Theater in NYC and won.
They came back as paid performers. While backstage, Michael got to watch and study two of his favorite performers James Brown & Jackie Wilson.
At the end of the year, the group makes its first ever recording sessions in a studio for a local record company named Steeltown Records.
The Jackson 5 release their first single ever “Big Boy” which is premiered on a local radio station called WWCA.
Later the group records a second single for Steeltown “You Don’t Have To be 21 (To Fall In Love)/Jam Session which is not released.
The Jackson 5 made their first ever commercial photoshoot for Steeltown Records.
The Jackson5 performed at the Apollo Theater in NYC.
The J5 were the opening act for Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers at the Regal Theater in Chicago . The group is invited to perform on the David Frost Show in New York but Joe cancels their TV debut when Bobby Taylor asks them to come to a Detroit studio to make an auditon for Motown.
July 23 :
The Jackson5 auditioned for Motown at the Hittsville Studio in Detroit and the tape is sent to Berry Gordy.
July 26 :
The Jackson5 signed a recording deal to Motown during a meeting with Joe Seltzer.
September 27 :
The J5 performed at a benefit concert at Gilroy Stadium in Gary.
Berry Gordy invited the Jackson 5 to perform at his house in Detroit.
The Jackson5 met Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and the Four Tops.
- August :
Motown headquarters moved from Detroit to California.
The Jackson5 relocated to California.
Joe, Tito, Jack Richardson, drummer Johnny Jackson & keyboards players Ronny Rancifer drove to Los Angeles while Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon & Michael fly out a few days later.
The group is accommodated at the Motel Tropicana on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Katherine remained in Gary with LaToya, Randy and Janet.
- August 11:
Diana Ross invited the media to meet the Jackson 5 at a private showcase at Daisy’s Disco 326 Rodeo Drive, Bevery Hills. Michael met Bob Jones, a Motown PR who will prove significant in his solo career.
- August 22 :
In their first nationally TV appearance, The Jackson 5 perform “It’s Your Thing” at the Miss Black America Pageant.
The group stars recording its first album with help from Motown producers Freddie Perren, Deke Richards & Fonce Mizell known as “The Corporation”
Suzanne De Passe, a young Motown executive becomes the group’s PR.
“I want You Back”, the Jackson 5’s debut single is released by Motown and will reach the number 1 spot on Billbard hot 100 charts.
Michael moved to Diana Ross’s home.
Diana Ross & The Supremes introduced the Jackson 5 on ABC’s Hollywwod Palace Special where they performed “Sing A Simple Song”, “Can You Remember”, “I want You Back”, and “There Was A Time” (with Diana Ross & Sammy Davis Jr)
- November :
Katherine, LaToya, Janet & Randy joined Joe and the Jackson 5 in California and the whole family moved into a house rented by Motown on 1601 Queen Roads in Los Angeles.
The family celebrated their new life by driving up to San Francisco .
- December 14:
The Jackson 5 appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show where they perform “Stand”, “Who’s Loving You”, and “I Want You Back”. Diana Ross is in the audience and she takes credit for discovering them.
Later, the group performs “I Want You Back” on the Joey Bishop Show.
- December 18:
Motown released the Jackson 5 first album named “Diana Ross presents the Jackson 5” (N°1)