The Jackson 5 were later known as The Jacksons when brothers Michael, Marlon, Tito, Jackie and Randy signed to CBS Records (as "The Jacksons") from 1975 and Jermaine stayed at Motown. The Jacksons were one of the most popular groups of the era and they continued their success into the 1980s with hits such as "Shake Your Body", "Can You Feel It" and "State of Shock", and a highly successful 1984 Victory Tour before disbanding in 1990 after recording the album 2300 Jackson Street.
The Jacksons (1976-1984): Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael, Randy
The Jacksons (1989-1990): Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Randy
The Jacksons (2009-present): Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon
By 1975, most of the Jacksons opted out of recording any more music for Motown desiring more creative control and royalties. Joe began negotiating to have his boys sign a lucrative contract with another company, settling for Epic Records, and signed Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Randy with the company in June of 1975. Absent from the deal was Jermaine, who decided to stay with Motown. The group continued as The Jacksons.
In November of 1976, following the debut of the family's weekly variety series, the Jacksons released their self-titled Epic debut album THE JACKSONS. Featuring "Enjoy Yourself" and "Show You the Way to Go", the album went gold, followed by the album GOIN' PLACES, released in 1977. Renewing their contract with Epic, the Jacksons were allowed full creative control on their next recording, DESTINY, released in December 1978. Featuring their best-selling Epic single to date, "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", written by Michael and Randy, the album sold over a million copies. Its follow-up, 1980's TRIUMPH, also sold a million copies, spawning hits such as "Lovely One" and "Can You Feel It". In 1981, they released their fifth album, a live album that eventually sold half a million copies. The live album was culled from recordings of performances on their Triumph Tour.
In 1980, the Hollywood Walk of Fame honored The Jacksons with a star.
In March of 1983, with Jermaine, the Jacksons performed on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, the same show where Michael debuted the moonwalk during a solo performance of "Billie Jean". Following the success of the reunion, all six brothers agreed to record a sixth album for Epic, later released as VICTORY in 1984. Their biggest-selling album to date, it included their final top ten single, "State of Shock". In July of 1984, the Jacksons launched their Victory Tour. The group performed 55 concerts to an audience of approximately 2 million and the tour sold what was then a record number of ticket sales.
Michael announced he was leaving the group after their final performance at Dodger stadium and a few months later Marlon left the group to pursue a solo career. Besides Michael and Jermaine, Marlon released his solo debut Baby Tonight in 1987, Jackie his second album Be The One in 1989 and in that same year Randy worked on and album with a band called The Gypsys and released an album in 1989.
In 1989, five years after their last album, the remaining quartet of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Randy released 2300 JACKSON STREET, with Jermaine performing most of the lead vocals. It was the first record featuring appearances by all the Jackson siblings. After a brief promotional tour, the band went into hiatus. Besides Michael, all the brothers spent time as a husband and father to children and worked on their own careers, projects and businesses.
In September 2001, nearly 17 years after their last performance together, all six Jackson brothers reunited for two performances at Madison Square Garden for a 30th anniversary special commemorating Michael's solo career.
At the annual BMI Urban Awards on September 8, 2008, The Jacksons were honored as BMI Icons.
In early 2009, the four elder brothers began filming a reality show to make their attempt on reuniting the band, later debuting in December 2009 as The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty. During the middle of the project, Michael had announced his concert comeback in London. Sadly, the brothers, the Jackson family and fans all over the world were shocked when Michael suddenly passed away on June 25, 2009.
Later in 2009, following the death of brother Michael, the surviving Jacksons recorded background vocals for a previously unreleased song, "This Is It" (the theme for the movie of the same name), which had originally been a demo.
In September 2010, Jermaine held his own "tribute" concert to Michael in Las Vegas. In 2011, Jackie Jackson released a solo single “We Know What’s Goin On” to iTunes. In October of 2011, Jackie, Tito and Marlon were present alongside mother Katherine and sister La Toya for a tribute concert in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium.
The historic Unity Tour saw the brothers back on stage together for the first time in nearly three decades. The group embarked on a worldwide series of shows in the summer of 2012, beginning in the U.S. and then expanding throughout Europe and across the globe in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The tour was a whirlwind success, with the brothers performing their universally beloved hits from the Jackson 5, the Jacksons, and Jermaine Jackson’s solo career.
On February 20, 2014, The Jacksons started their six week Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood taking the audience on an interactive, unforgettable journey through their lives and musical career and offering offers soulful pop-funk and impeccable live performances that have made them one of the most beloved musical acts of all time. After the residency, The Jacksons performed more shows at festivals and events in the US, Europe, UK, Indonesia, Hong Kong, The Phillipines and the United Arab Emirates.
Adored by millions of fans the world over, The Jacksons forever changed the landscape of popular music. The Jacksons’ unique brand of soulful pop-funk, their lengthy catalogue of hits, and their impeccable live performances have made them one of the most beloved musical acts of all time. Idols unlike any other in music history, the Jacksons redefined, reinvented, and reinvigorated popular music as we know it. The group can be said to find many of its music inspirations in groups like The Temptations, The Supremes, James Brown, and Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, and came to eventually serve as the inspiration for several generations of boy bands, including Backstreet Boys, New Edition, Menudo, N*SYNC, New Kids on the Block, and of more recent vintage, Jonas Brothers, One Direction, and many more.
Classic #1 hits catapulted the group to superstardom. With nine #1 hits and 14 Top 10 hits, the group has certainly left it mark on the charts. These timeless tracks remain every bit as infectious, incomparable, and iconic today as when they were first released. The Jacksons signature sun-drenched harmonies, energetic stage presence, and roster of smash hits have left an indelible mark on popular music: the name ‘The Jacksons’ is known around the world, and they remain the biggest-selling family in music of all time.