Friday, July 10, 2009

Jermaine Jackson

Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954) is an American Grammy Award-nominated singer, bassist, composer, former member of The Jackson 5 and older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.




Early life

Jackson born in Gary, Indiana, is the fourth child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson, born after his brother Tito Jackson.[1] He grew up as a Jehovah's WitnessMichael assisted with lead vocals, but would co-lead with Michael for many years. Jackson graduated from Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa, Los Angeles in 1972,[2] the yearbook described as the "most talented" and "best dressed." by his devout mother. Jermaine Jackson was the original lead singer of the Jackson Brothers and of an earlier incarnation of The Jackson Five until 1968, when younger brother

The Jackson 5

Jackson and his brothers signed with Motown Records in 1968. As the co-lead singer of The Jackson 5 after his brother Michael, Jackson sang notable parts of "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", "I Am Love", "Dancing Machine" and many other Jackson 5 songs. In 1975, after six years performing with his brothers, Jackson split from the Jackson 5 to continue his solo career at Motown Records while the other Jackson brothers left to sign with Epic Records. During the Jackson 5's last years in Motown, Jackson didn't partake in lead vocals at all on songs such as "Hum Along and Dance", and only had a small co-lead part in the group's 1974 hit "Dancing Machine".

Solo career

Like Michael, Jackson began a successful solo career while still a member of The Jackson 5, and had a hit with the 1972 Shep and the Limelites cover "Daddy's Home". When The Jackson 5 left Motown, Jackson left the group and stayed at Motown, as he was married to Hazel Gordy, the daughter of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Jackson was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 1980 album Let's Get Serious. He had numerous Hot 100 Top 30 hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "Daddy's Home" (#9), "That's How Love Goes", "Let's Be Young Tonight", "Bass Odyssey", "Feel the Fire", "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy" (featuring Devo on backing vocals) (#18), "Let's Get Serious" (#9, also only one of two of his UK hits, peaking at #8), "Dynamite" (#15), "Do What You Do" (#13), and "I Think It's Love" (#16). A duet with his brother Michael, "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)", hit #1 on the dance chart in 1984. He and Michael also collaborated with Rockwell, both providing guest vocals on his 1984 hit single, "Somebody's Watching Me". In 1985, his duet with Pia Zadora, "When the Rain Begins to Fall", topped several singles charts in Europe. His final chart success, 1989's "Don't Take It", hit #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

In 1991 a pre-commercial release version of his song "Word to the Badd!!" (from the L.A. & Babyface-produced album You Said,) was released to radio stations. In that version he criticized his brother Michael. Michael confronted Jermaine and the two brothers discussed the issue, with Michael asking for the song to be withdrawn from airplay. Jermaine refused, but reworked the lyrics for final release, making the song instead about a former lover. Several other singles were released from this album, which was the second album to appear on the newly-formed LaFace Records label, including "You Said, You Said," and "I Dream, I Dream." However, the album turned out to be a commercial failure. Jermaine was soon dropped from his record label and remains unsigned to any label.

Jackson is proficient on the electric guitar and various types of bass guitars. In 1992, he produced The Jacksons: An American Dream, an award-winning and highly-rated miniseries about the history of The Jackson 5. Jermaine Jr. portrayed his father as a young teenager in the miniseries.

Reality TV: Big Brother UK

Jackson was the first housemate to enter the Celebrity Big Brother UK house in 2007. He steered clear of the controversy caused by the series, avoiding confrontation and offering moral support to fellow housemate Shilpa ShettyJade Goody, Danielle Lloyd, and Jo O'Meara. During a task in the Big Brother house, the housemates had to create a tribute band for The Jackson 5. The performance of "I Want You Back" helped put The Jackson 5 back in the UK charts at #53. On January 28, 2007, Jackson came in second place to Shilpa Shetty in the Big Brother finale. The final three consisted of Dirk Benedict, Jermaine Jackson, and Shilpa Shetty, the winner. After leaving Big Brother,[3] Jackson did several interviews on UK television, stating why and how he took his peaceful and mediating stance in the Big Brother house. He also spoke about the Jackson 5 reuniting for a performance. Jackson denied he was a racist after calling Jackiey Budden "white trash" and said he was not declaring that was what she was, but rather explaining to Shilpa how others might describe Jackiey . against bullying from fellow housemates

Jackson was part of the second season of the CMT reality show Gone Country. On one episode, he admitted that he needs to sleep with the lights on in an exchange with roomie Sebastian Bach. When Bach probed Jackson further, Jackson said that he "sees people" from the 1800s if he sleeps with the lights off.

Later works

He is planning a stage show based on his family to be released in the UK. He has said that The Jacksons are recording an album and planning a family tour. Jackson returned to the UK in March 2007 to take part in the Channel 4 show Musicool as a mentor.

He is also currently involved in several charity projects and has been working on projects to help orphaned children around the world. Among other countries, he has visited Bangladesh as part of his work to raise funds and help children. He has also figured heavily on the Islam Channel in the UK where he talked about his Islamic faith as well as announcing several charity projects that he plans to undertake.

In April 2007, Jackson returned to the UK to take part in a one-off special of ITV's Challenge Anneka. On the same trip he appeared in Glasgow with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking in support of Searchlight magazine'sDaily Mirror "Hope Not Hate bus".[4] anti-racism campaign, the

On November 23, 2007, Jackson appeared on Katie & Peter: Unleashed and again talked of a reunion with his brothers on a tour the following year. In 2008, Jackson flew to Australia to be a guest judge and mentor for the top 5 Michael Jackson night on Australian Idol. In March 2008, Jackson was the guest of honour at the Muslim Writers Awards in Birmingham, where he was interviewed live on stage by chat show host Sajid Varda, which received rave reviews.

Personal life

In 15 December 1973, Jackson married Hazel Gordy, who is the daughter of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.[5][6] Their first child was Jermaine Jr., born in 1977, their daughter Autumn was born the following year, and Jaimy born in March 17 1987.[7] Jackson also had a relationship with Margaret Maldonado during his marriage. He first saw her in a Los Angeles restaurant, who was dining alone and requested his friends to go and ask and meet him.[8] Both, his wife and girlfriend were pregnant at the same time (4 months difference). After his divorce with Hazel, he convinced and stayed with Margaret. The couple had two children; Jeremy Maldonado Jackson, born in 1986 and Jourdynn Michael Jackson, born in 1989.[9]

Jackson converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain.[9][10] Jackson has publicly expressed his religious beliefs after being part of the Big Brother house, while staying there he has prayed and fasted. He has also publicly said he had hoped to convert his brother Michael to Islam, saying it would have provided him with 'peace' and 'heal' his problems.[11][12] He is the only Muslim in his Christian-raised family.[13]

Shortly after separating from Maldonado, on 18 March 1995, Jackson abruptly married Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza, who is also the mother of two of his brother Randy's children. The couple had sons Jaffar, born in 1996 and Jermajesty, born in 2000.[9] Jermaine filed for divorce from Alejandra in November 2004, which was finalized in 19 May 2008. Jermaine was ordered to pay $50,000 for Alejandra's legal fees and $50,000 for child support in August 2007; this was in exchange for Alejandra's waiving her right to spousal support.[14]

Halima Rashid became Jackson's fourth wife, she is of Afghan descent, who married in 2007.[15] They currently live in Los Angeles, but frequently travel to London and Bahrain. Jermaine has 8 children: 3 with Gordy, 2 with Maldonado and 2 with Alejandra. A daughter, named Dawn, was born in 1984, mother is unknown. During his brother Michael Jackson's 2005 child-abuse trial, he was a staunch supporter of his brother, coming to Michael's defense on CNN's Larry King Live and appearing with him in court on numerous occasions. And on June 25th, 2009, Jermaine broke the news, that at 2:26 pm (PDT) his younger brother Michael Jackson had died at age 50.

Jackson attended with his family to the memorial service for his brother Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He helped carry the casket of Michael, and performed the song Smile by Charlie Chaplin, in tribute to the death of his brother, which was believed to be Michael's favorite song.[16]



Main albums

Year Album title U.S. Pop U.S. R&B
1972 Jermaine 27 6
1973 Come Into My Life 152 30
1975 Do Unto Others (unreleased) - -
1976 My Name Is Jermaine 164 29
1977 Feel the Fire 174 36
1978 Frontiers - -
1979 Living (unreleased) - -
Let's Get Serious 6 1
1980 Jermaine 44 17
1981 I Like Your Style 86 31
1982 Let Me Tickle Your Fancy 46 9
1984 Dynamite (also called Jermaine Jackson) 19 13
1986 Precious Moments 46 25
1989 Don't Take It Personal 115 18
1991 You Said - 39


Year Album title U.S. Pop U.S. R&B
1979 Motown Superstars Series Vol. 17 - -
1991 Greatest Hits & Rare Classics - -
Dynamite – The Encore Collection - -
2000 The Heritage Collection - -
2001 Ultimate Collection - -
2007 Big Brother Jermaine: The Jermaine Jackson Collection - -


Motown releases

Year Song title U.S. Pop chart Black Singles chart UK Singles Chart[17] Belgian pop chart
1972 "That's How Love Goes" 46 23 - -
1973 "Daddy's Home" 9 3 - -
"You're in Good Hands" 79 35 - -
1976 "Let's Be Young Tonight" 55 19 - -
1977 "You Need to Be Loved" - 75 - -
1978 "Castles of Sand" - 38 - -
1979 "Let's Get Serious" 9 1 8 19
1980 "You're Supposed to Keep Your Love for Me" 34 32 - -
"Burnin' Hot" - - 32 -
1981 "I'm Just Too Shy" 60 29 - -
1981 "Little Girl Don't You Worry" - 17 - -
"You Like Me Don't You" 50 13 41 -
1982 "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy" 18 5 - -
"Paradise in Your Eyes" - 60 - -
"Very Special Part" - 54 - -

Arista releases

Year Song title U.S. Pop chart U.S. R&B chart UK Singles Chart[17] Belgian pop chart
1984 "Sweetest Sweetest" - - 52 -
"Dynamite" 15 8 - -
"Do What You Do" 13 14 6 1
1985 "When the Rain Begins to Fall"
(w/Pia Zadora)
54 61 68 1
"(Closest Thing) To Perfect" 67 63 - 27
1986 "I Think It's Love" 16 14 96 -
"Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone" - - - 12
"Do You Remember Me" 71 40 - -
1987 "Words Into Action" - 90 - 29
1989 "Don't Take It Personal" 64 1 69 -
1990 "I'd Like to Get to Know You" - 27 - -
"Two Ships (In the Night)" - 21 - -
1991 "Word to the Badd!" 78 88 - -
"You Said, You Said" - 25 - -
1992 "I Dream, I Dream" - 30 - -

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