August 16, 2015 marks 47th anniversary of The Jackson 5 first Motown concert.
Originally consisting of brothers Michael, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon Jackson, The Jackson 5 from Gary, Indiana launched their historic recording career ion Motown Records¬†in 1968. Their first official concert for Motown was on August 16, 1968 as the opening act for Diana Ross at the Forum in Los Angeles. Their debut album was titledDiana Ross Presents The Jackson Five.
The group made history in¬†1970¬†as the¬†first recording act to reach the top of the BillboardHot 100 with their first four singles:¬†“I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”.
In 1976, the group left Motown to sign with Epic Records, and Randy Jackson replaced Jermaine Jackson who remained at Motown as a solo artist. ¬†In 1984, The Jacksons (name legally changed from The Jackson 5) made history with their Victory tour, performing 55 shows in stadiums for nearly three million people. It was the sixth most successful tour of the decade, grossing over 75 million dollars.
In 1997, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Here is a list of “The Jackson 5/Jacksons’ Ten Greatest Hits.”
1.¬† 1969 – “I Want You Back”
“I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It was the group’s first single from their 1969 debut album,¬†Diana Ross¬†Presents The Jackson 5. The song remained at number one on the¬†Billboard¬†R&B chart for four weeks, and also hit the top of the Hot 100. It sold over six million copies worldwide.
2.¬† 1970 – “I’ll Be There”
“I’ll Be There” from The Jackson Five’sThird Album¬†(1970) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It hit the top of the¬†Billboard¬†Hot 100, making history as the group became the first act to reach the top of the Hot 100 with their first four singles. “I’ll Be There” remained at the top of the chart for five weeks and sold over six million copies.
3.¬† 1970 – “ABC”
The title song of The Jackson Five’s 1970 album,¬†ABC,¬†became their second consecutive single to reach number one on the¬†Billboard¬†Hot 100. It also remained at the top of the R&B chart for four weeks and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.
4.¬† 1970 – “The Love You Save”
In 1970, “The Love You Save” by The Jackson Five held the number one position on the¬†Billboard¬†Hot 100 for two weeks, and remained at number one on the R&B chart for six weeks. It was their third consecutive number one single.
5.¬† 1974 – “Dancing Machine”
The title song of The Jackson Five’s 1974 album,¬†Dancing Machine,¬†was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The song reached number one on the¬†Billboard¬†R&B chart and number two on the Hot 100.
6.¬† 1971 – “Never Can Say Goodbye”
From The Jackson Five’s 1971 album,Maybe Tomorrow, “Never Can Say Goodbye” was composed by actor Clifton Davis. It reached the top of the¬†Billboard¬†R&B chart and number two on the Hot 100.
7.¬† 1970 – “Mama’s Pearl”
From The Jackson Five’s 1970¬†Third Album,¬†“Mama’s Pearl” was number two on both the¬†Billboard¬†Hot 100 and R&B charts.¬†It was one of the group’s six consecutive top five singles.
8.¬† 1976 – “Enjoy Yourself”
When The Jackson Five left Motown Records and signed with Epic Records, their name changed to The Jacksons. Their first single for the Epic label was “Enjoy Yourself” from their 1976 album,The Jacksons. It was the first recording with Randy Jackson who replaced Jermaine Jackson in the group after Jermaine remained with Motown as a solo artist.
Composed and produced by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the song featured background vocals by sisters Janet Jackson and La Toya Jackson.
9.¬† 1979 – “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”
Michael and Randy Jackson composed “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” which the entire group produced for their 1978 album, Destiny. The song reached number three on the¬†Billboard¬†R&B chart and peaked at number seven on the Hot 100.
10.¬† 1980 – “Lovely One”
Michael and Randy Jackson composed “Lovely One” which the group produced as the first single form their 1980¬†Triumph¬†album. The song reached the top of the¬†Billboard¬†Dance chart and peaked at number two on the R&B chart.