Date of Birth: July 26, 1928
Hometown: Fountain Hill, Arkansas, United States
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Joe Jackson (born Joseph Walter “Joe” Jackson in Fountain Hill, Arkansas on July 26, 1928) is an American musician, boxer, and talent manager, who is the father and manager of the Jackson family of entertainers, which includes Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Rebbie Jackson, La Toya Jackson, and Janet Jackson. Joe was the manager of The Jackson 5, and he brought them to success.
Jackson’s strict domineering and leadership led to the group’s well-sequenced act to be booked on several popular venues in the chitlin circuit, leading to them being signed to Motown Records in 1968. After re-signing with the label for a seven-year deal in March 1969, the group relocated to Detroit to record at the label’s Hitsville USA studios for their first album. Following the success of the album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 and its single, “I Want You Back”, Jackson began fighting with Motown CEO, Berry Gordy, for control of the group. After a period of success, the Jackson 5’s success tapered off after 1974, with the group wanting creative control.
In 1979, following the success of his sons’ 1978 album, Destiny, Joseph Jackson formed Joseph Jackson Productions and began managing his two younger daughters La Toya and Janet’s solo careers, starting with La Toya releasing her first solo efforts in 1980, followed by Janet, in 1982. In 1983, Jermaine reunited with his brothers and the group released the Victory album the following year. Joe, his wife Katherine and Don King spearheaded the Jacksons’ final concert tour, which led to problems especially with concert tickets. It’s alleged Joseph Jackson and Don King had overpriced concert tickets leading to controversy. Following this, Michael Jackson decided to not do business anymore with his father though he would often help his father out of legal troubles that would come from bad deals. After her success, Janet Jackson also began helping out her father’s financial difficulties.
Best Known For:
Being the father and manager of The Jackson 5, and father of Michael Jackson.
Joe is married to Katherine Jackson, and they have 10 children. Joe suffered a stroke on Nov. 28 2012, his third in several weeks. His health is deteriorating, but he is not said to be in a serious condition.