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Overview (4)

Born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, USA
Birth NameJoseph Walter Jackson
Nickname Papa Joe
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joseph Walter Jackson was born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, to Crystal Lee (King) and Samuel Jackson, a schoolteacher. Raised during the Depression in Oakland, California, Jackson learned the importance of work at an early age. In the 1950s, he formed and played guitar with his band with his brother. During the early 1960s, he worked two jobs to support his six boys and three girls. He also rehearsed his eldest five boys for years, then entered them in local talent contests. During the mid '60s, he booked the Jackson 5 at gigs all over the Eastern U.S., and they performed with other acts like Gladys Knight & The Pips who were already recording for Motown. Jackson gave up his career as a musician to manage his sons.

After his boys won all the talent contests, including Harlem's Apollo Theater, he signed the Jackson 5 to their first record deal, with Steeltown Records. In 1969, he drove the Jackson 5 to their secret audition at Motown, in Detroit.

Jackson later relocated his family to California and supervised every Jackson 5 recording session. After the Jackson 5's first single, "I Want You Back" hit #1, his group's first four singles sold 10 million copies in 10 months, setting a world record for sales, it becomes clear that his dream to make his sons the first black teenagers to become internationally known recording stars had come true.

He then financed the recording of daughter Janet Jackson's first demo and signed her to A&M Records, which later released her first hit albums "Control" and "Rhythm Nation", which were produced in conjunction with his production company. He also helped daughter La Toya Jackson record her first album at Private I Records and assisted Rebbie Jackson to Michael's label MJJ.

Jackson was awarded a proclamation in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as the Best Entertainment Manager of All Time by Jane L. Campbell, mayor of Cleveland, Ohio in October 2002. Recently, he's made several trips to Africa, and testified on Michael Jackson's behalf in a trial where a jury agreed with him that Michael co-wrote "We Are the World". He just finished a film as co-producer with Paul D'Angelo (II) [IMDb has problems with within-name apostrophes] and one of his artists, Crystal Marven, called Destination Fame (2012). Jackson also co-created a television sitcom, "Blended", a family comedy, about the life of a young interracial couple and their two opposite families blending.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: R. Kennedy

Spouse (1)

Katherine Jackson (5 November 1949 - present) ( filed for divorce) ( 10 children)

Trivia (10)

The Jacksons were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Father of Brandon Jackson, twin brother of Marlon Jackson, who died hours after birth.
Former father-in-law of Lisa Marie Presley.
His 11th child,daughter JohVonnie Jackson, was born August 30, 1974; a product of his long-term affair with Cheryle Terrell. She has a daughter, Yasmine.
Is the oldest of 5 children. Has 2 sisters and 2 brothers named Verna Mae (1930-1937), Lula Mae (1932- ), Lawrence (1933-2017) and Luther (1935- ).
He is of African and distant Native American descent.

Personal Quotes (17)

In being strict, you were able to control.
You put him in front of 50,000 people, he's at home.
It's all about the money.
We didn't make no mistakes. We didn't make no mistakes.
We know our son. We know he's not a pedophile like some of these newscasters are saying. That is not true.
How could they call him wacko? He's sold more records than anybody in history.
I did tell security to make sure you stay and watch him pretty closely.
This is just the United States. All the rest of the countries, all over the world, are proud of Michael. It's here we have the most trouble out of them.
He shouldn't be alone at a time like this. This is a special time for me to be around as much as I can. He needs his family and his friends and his fans.
They're really nice kids. Michael is really raising them properly and right.
I'm never going to let nobody take those kids. They Michael's kids. They have no right to try to take those kids. It's going to be a big mess over that.
All I know is, he's a good kid, and he's done right all his life. And he always treats other people right.
Do you know how many plastic surgeries are done to the actors and actresses in Hollywood?
I fed them every day. So it was a papa that kept food on the table for them. I did that. I did my part.
If he hadn't done that interview with Bashir, he wouldn't be there now. That was the first time he ever did an interview like that. He was afraid of something like that all along. And it happened.
They didn't treat him right here. I know if I was him, I wouldn't come back.
He'll come back to visit, but not to stay, not to live.

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