1978 – “Destiny” Album, “The Wiz” Soundtrack & “Ease On Down The Road”
- Early January :
- January 22:
The Jacksons began a world tour I US & Europe to promote the Goin Places album.
The single “Find Me a Girl” was released by Epic.
- March 3:
Concert in Oakland, California
- March 10:
The Jacksons attended the First Annual Rock ‘n Roll Sports Classic.
- May 13:
Concert at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (later released as a picture disc)
- May 18:
Concert in Nashville, Tennessee
- May 24:
Concert in London. The Jacksons performed at Top Of The Pops.
The Jacksons recorded the album Destiny in Los Angeles .
Epic released the first single from Destiny titled “Blame It On The Boogie”. For the first time, there is a video to accompany the single.
- August 17:
Janet & The Jacksons make a publicity photo session
- August 22 :
- August 25:
Michael attended a reception for the Robert Kennedy Tennis Tournament at the NBC Building in New York City .
- August 29:
Michael’s Birthday! He turned 20.
Michael purchased his first Rolls Royce for his 20th birthday.
MCA released the single “Ease On Down The Road”, a duet between Michael & Diana Ross from the soundtrack of The Wiz.
MCA released the soundtrack of The Wiz featuring Michael on 6 tracks.
- October 23:
Michael visited the famous toy store F.A.O Schwartz in Manhattan .
- October 24:
Michael attended the premiere & opening night party of the movie “The Wiz” at the Pitt’s Century Plaza Theater in Century City (Los Angeles) with the Jackson family & Diana Ross among others.
The Jacksons launched their first productions company named Peacock Productions.
The single “Shake Your Body” was released by Epic
- December 4 :
Michael began recording the album “Off The Wall” with producer Quincy Jones and sound engineer Bruce Swedien at Cherokee Studio 3.
At Hayvenhurst, Michael recorded song demos “Workin’ Day & Night” & “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” with Randy & Janet as percussionists
- December 16:
The Jacksons performed “Shake Your Body”, “Destiny” & “Things I Do For You” at American Bandstand.