Michael’s Early Years – 1976
Steve Manning, a friend of the Jacksons and president of their fan club published a book on the family titled The Jacksons.
Michael accepted an award on behalf of Gladys Knight & The Pips at the American Music Awards and he also presented an award to Aretha Franklin with David Soul.
- February 16:
The Jacksons performed “Forever Came Today” at the Rich Little Show.
- March 10:
The CBS contract with The Jacksons was effective.
- June 15:
Motown released The Jackson 5 “Anthology”.
- June 16:
Premiere of The Jacksons Variety Show on CBS.
The show was based on their Las Vegas set and featured The Jacksons + The Jackson Sisters (Rebbie, LaToya & Janet) singing, dancing & acting with guest stars such as Mohamed Ali, Sonny, Redd Fox or Linda Carter.
The Jacksons were on the cover of Jet Magazine.
The Jacksons were guests on The Tonight Show where they gave an interview and performed 2 songs.
The Jacksons ’ first album for Epic titled “The Jacksons” was released.
Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia , the album was produced by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff featuring for the first time two songs produced by The Jacksons: “Style Of Life” & “Blues Away” (written by Michael)
The Jacksons were on the cover of Rock & Soul Magazine.
The Jacksons were on the cover of Jet & Soul Magazine.