Jermaine Jackson

Jermaine Jackson
Jermaine Jackson

Jermaine Jackson, 2007
Background information
Birth name Jermaine La Jaune Jackson
Born December 11, 1954 (1954-12-11) (age 56)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, dance
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, author
Instruments Vocals, electric bass, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1964–present
Labels Motown, Epic, Arista, LaFace
Associated acts The Jackson 5, Switch, Whitney Houston, Kino Kiongivi, Rihanna, Fabolous

Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954) is an American singer, bassist, composer, a member of The Jackson 5, older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson and occasional film director. He also produced and recorded duets with American singer Whitney Houston in her early years as a recording artist.



Early life

Jackson is the fourth child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson, born in Gary, Indiana after his brother Tito Jackson. His brothers and sisters are Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Marlon, La Toya, Michael, Randy and Janet.[1] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by his devout mother (though he later converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain). Jermaine was the original lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Jackson Brothers—an earlier incarnation of The Jackson Five—until 1968, when younger brother Michael began assisting with lead vocals. He remained the lead vocalist with Michael for many years. Jackson graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California in 1973.[2]

The Jackson 5

Jermaine and his brothers signed with Motown Records in 1968. As the co-lead singer of The Jackson 5 after his brother Michael, Jermaine sang notable parts of "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", "The Love You Save","Dancing Machine", and many other Jackson 5 songs. In 1975, after six years performing with his brothers, Jermaine split from the Jackson 5 to continue his solo career at Motown Records while the other Jackson brothers left to sign with Epic Records. In 1983, he reunited with his brothers for the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. After the success of the broadcast, he rejoined the band to record the album Victory and participated in the Victory Tour. He stayed with the group for their final album 2300 Jackson Street in 1990. In 2001, he reunited with his brothers to perform for the 30th anniversary

Solo career

Like Michael, Jermaine began a 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". It sold over one million copies by March 1973, and was awarded a gold disc.[3] When The Jackson 5 left Motown, Jermaine left the group and stayed at Motown, as he had married Hazel Gordy and Motown head Berry Gordy was his father-in-law. In 2009, Jermaine claimed on the family reality series The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty it was because "Motown was gonna make us like the Beatles. We were the Jackson 5 and that's all I wanted."[citation needed]

Jermaine was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 1980 album Let's Get Serious. He had numerous Billboard 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 one of his only two 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 Personal", hit #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart. Some of Jermaine's finest moments as a singer can be heard in the soulful "Castle of Sand" and the Earth Wind & Fire inspired "You Need To Be Loved".

Jackson is proficient on the electric guitar and is a talented bass guitar player. Already at an early age he performed the parts of legendary bass player James Jamerson etc., when J5 performed live. Jermaine also composed and produced for other artists like Switch. He also produced and sang a couple of duets on Whitney Houston's debut album on Arista Records. 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 Shetty against alleged bullying from fellow housemates Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd, and Jo O'Meara. He was often considered to be the most stable minded in the house. 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. The final three consisted of Dirk Benedict, Jermaine Jackson, and Shilpa Shetty. After leaving Big Brother,[4] 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 was part of the second season of the CMT reality show Gone Country.

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's anti-racism campaign, the Daily Mirror "Hope Not Hate bus".[5]

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.

He currently appears on the A&E television series The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty documenting the return of him and his three brothers to music and preparing for a 40th anniversary tour and album. Jermaine Jackson will also be playing a concert at the planet hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas on October 2, 2010. The concert is set to be the kick off to his new tour titled "40 Years of Jackson Music", with a special dedication to his brother, Michael Jackson.

Personal life

On December 15, 1973, Jackson married Hazel Gordy, who is the daughter of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.[6][7] The couple had three children together, Jermaine La Jaune "Jay" Jackson, Jr., (born January 27, 1977), Autumn Joy Jackson (born July 10, 1978), and Jaimy Jackson (born March 17, 1987).

After his divorce from Gordy in 1988, Jackson started living with Margaret Maldonado. The couple had two children, Jeremy Maldonado Jackson, (born December 16, 1986) and Jourdynn Michael Jackson, (born January 5, 1989).

Halima Rashid is Jermaine Jackson's wife, currently living in Los Angeles and often travel around the world.

Jackson converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain[8][9] and publicly expressed his religious beliefs during his appearance on Big Brother. While filming the program, Jackson prayed and fasted. He also expressed his hopes to convert his brother Michael to Islam, saying it would provide him with peace and help to heal his problems.[10][11][12]

He supported his brother Michael Jackson, during the 2005 child-abuse trial. He came to Michael's defense on CNN's Larry King Live and appeared with him in court on many occasions. On June 25, 2009, Jermaine held a press conference at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and broke the news of Michael Jackson's death to the media.[citation needed]

Jackson attended the memorial service for his brother Michael on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He acted as a pallbearer, and performed the song Smile by Charlie Chaplin, which was believed to be his brother's favorite song, in tribute.[13]

Jackson is an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan. In 2009 while wearing a Manny Ramirez jersey, he made a one-handed catch of a foul ball while seated behind the Dodgers dugout.

In popular culture

Jackson was portrayed by Jason Griffith in the 2004 film Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story, while his son, Jermaine Jackson Jr., portrayed him in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. In 2010 on Saturday Night Live, Jackson was portrayed by Kenan Thompson.



Studio albums

Year album title US

1972 Jermaine 27 6 -
1973 Come Into My Life -
1976 My Name Is Jermaine 164 29 -
1977 Feel The Fire 174 36 -
1978 Frontiers - - -
1979 Let's Get Serious 6 1 22
1980 Jermaine 44 1 -
1981 I Like Your Style 86 31 -
1982 Let Me Tickle Your Fancy 46 9 -
1984 Dynamite (also called Jermaine Jackson) 19 13 57
1986 Precious Moments 46 25 -
1989 Don't Take It Personal 115 18 -
1992 You Said - 39 -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year album title US US
1981 Motown Superstars Series, Vol. 17 - - -
1991 Greatest Hits & Rare Classics - - -
1999 Dynamite – The Encore Collection - - -
2000 The Heritage Collection - - -
2001 Ultimate Collection - - -
2007 Big Brother Jermaine: The Jermaine Jackson Collection - - -
2009 Greatest Hits - - -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Motown releases

Year song title US

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
1980 "You're Supposed to Keep Your Love for Me" 32 34 -
"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 -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Arista releases

Year song title US

1984 "Sweetest Sweetest" - - 52
"Dynamite" 15 8 -
"Do What You Do" 13 13 6
"Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)"
(with Michael Jackson)
- - -
1985 "When the Rain Begins to Fall"
(with Pia Zadora)
52 54 68
"(Closest Thing) To Perfect" 67 63 -
1986 "I Think It's Love" 16 14 96
"Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone" - - -
"Do You Remember Me" 71 40 -
1987 "Words Into Action" - 90 -
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!"
(with T-Boz)
78 88 -
"You Said, You Said" - 27 -
1992 "I Dream, I Dream" - 30 -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ Jackson, Katherine; Rich Wiseman (1990). My Family, the Jacksons. St. Martin's Paperbacks. ISBN 0312923503. 
  2. ^ "Vol. 44, No. 26". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company): p. 55. 20 Sep 1973 
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 314. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ "Jermaine Jackson About Islam, Being Muslim and Michael Jackson". Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  5. ^ Wynne-Jones, Ros (2007-04-07). "MAGIC BUS ; Last stop against racism". Daily Mirror via ProQuest News UK: p. 14. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  6. ^ Jermaine Jackson NNBD. Retrieved on 2009-078-07.
  7. ^ Jermaine Jackson Biography AOL Music (AOL). Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  8. ^ Jermaine Jackson - Biography IMBd. Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  9. ^ "Jermaine Jackson". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  10. ^ "Jermaine Jackson wants Michael to convert to Islam" Reuters (2007-01-29). Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  11. ^ "Jermaine Jackson hopes to convert brother Michael to Islam" Daily Mail (2007-01-30). Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  12. ^ "Jermaine Jackson talk" MSNBC TV (Video). Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  13. ^ James Montgomery (2009-07-07) "Jermaine Jackson Brings 'Smile,' Tears To Michael Jackson Memorial" MTV. Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Jermaine Jackson – Billboard chart history". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  15. ^ a b c "Jermaine Jackson – UK chart history". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  16. ^ "Jermaine Jackson And Pia Zadora – UK chart history". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 

External links

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