A member of the Jackson family and an American musician, Jermaine La Juane Jackson was born on December 11, 1954. He played bass guitar and filled in on vocals with The Jackson Five from 1964 until 1975, after his brother Michael Jackson. He re-joined the group in 1983, which is now referred to as The Jacksons. In addition to appearing in songs like ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘I Want You Back,’ he sang lead on several of The Jackson Five’s biggest hits. Celebrate this legend with us!
The fourth of 10 children, Jermaine Jackson was born on December 11, 1954, in Gary, Indiana to parents Katherine and Joseph Jackson. His family was very musical. Jackson and his brothers Tito and Jackie played their original songs in secret using their father’s guitar while also harmonizing with their mother, Katherine, while their father worked long shifts as a crane operator.
Jackson and his two older brothers began The Jackson Brothers in 1964 and by the end of 1965, his younger brothers, Marlon and Michael had joined, creating The Jackson Five, with Michael singing lead. The group’s first single ‘Big Boy’ was released on January 31, 1968. Jackson sang parts of some of their songs like ‘I Want You Back’, ‘I’ll Be There,’ ‘The Love You Save’, and many others. He performed as part of the group for over six years. In 1975 the group decided to leave their label Motown Records and sign with Epic Records but Jackson decided to stay. While still a member of the group, Jackson started his solo career in 1972 with ‘Daddy’s Home’ which became a gold record. His self-titled debut album was released in 1972 and reached number one on the U.S. R.&B. charts. Between that year and 2012, he released 14 solo albums, several of which were certified gold. In 1980, he was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male R.&B. Vocal Performance for the album “Let’s Get Serious.” He has also produced several albums including duets alongside Whitney Houston. His final chart success was ‘Don’t Take It Personal’ in 1989. After a successful seven-year solo career, Jackson rejoined the family band now called The Jacksons. He was with the group until their final album was released in 1989 titled “2300 Jackson Street.”
Jackson was the first housemate to enter the “Celebrity Big Brother” U.K. house in 2007. He was part of the second season of the C.M.T. reality show “Gone Country.” He was a guest judge and mentor for the top five Michael Jackson nights on “Australian Idol.” He was also on many other shows and wrote the memoir “You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother’s Eyes.” Jackson has been married and divorced three times and has seven children. In October 2012, he released his first solo album in 21 years, “I Wish You Love” which was composed primarily of jazz covers. He is in a relationship with Maday Velazquez.
He and his brothers sign as The Jackson Five with Gordon Keith of Steeltown Records.
He starts his solo career and his first single, ‘Daddy’s Home’ comes out.
His self-titled album is released and is number one on the U.S. R.&B. charts.
He is nominated for Best Male R.&B. Vocal Performance for the album “Let’s Get Serious.”
‘Don’t Take It Personal’ peaks at number one on the R.&B. singles charts.
He is the first housemate to enter the “Celebrity Big Brother” U.K. house.
After 21 years, he releases “I Wish You, Love,” which is composed primarily of jazz covers.
Why We Love Jermaine Jackson
He supports the anti-racism campaign
Jackson is a supporter of good causes. He spoke in support of “Searchlight” magazine’s anti-racism campaign, the Daily Mirror's “Hope Not Hate Bus.”
He supported his brother
He supported Michael during the 2005 trial. He came to Michael’s defense and appeared with him in court on many occasions. Even after his brother’s death, he was still on his side.
He is talented
Jackson was the original lead singer of The Jackson Brothers until 1966 when his younger brother Michael began singing lead vocals. He was a good singer, dancer, and producer who had several top hits.
5 Surprising Facts
He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness
Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness but he converted to Islam in 1989.
He loves English football
He is a supporter of the English football team, Sheffield Wednesday.
He cheated his brother
Jackson started a relationship with Alejandra Oaziaza while she was dating his younger brother, Randy, and he married her.
Original lead singer of The Jackson Brothers
He was the original lead singer of The Jackson Brothers until 1966 when his younger brother Michael began singing lead vocals.
He wrote a song that criticized Michael
Jackson wrote a song, ‘Word to the Badd’ which he says was supposed to help his brother get in touch with reality.
Jermaine Jackson FAQs
Did Whitney Houston ever date Jackson?
They made sweet music together and had a yearlong affair in the 1980s before Houston was a superstar and while Jackson was married.
Was Jackson jealous of Michael?
According to him, they never feuded so he wasn’t jealous.
What is Jackson’s favorite color?
Lemon lime and Jungle green are his favorite colors.
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