by Ms. Black Hollywood
Love him or hate him, but he was one of the most famous names behind an American musical dynasty. Joe Jackson, father of music titans Janet and Michael, has taken his final bow.
The Jackson family patriarch has spent the last few years focused on his deteriorating health which left him often in need of a wheelchair. He suffered multiple strokes in recent years and was hospitalized last week with late-stage cancer.
Jackson was the driving force behind one of music’s most iconic entertainment families. Jackson and wife Katherine gave birth to eight children…five of whom (Michael, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie) would find fame as The Jackson Five.
Jackson once dreamed of being a famous musician, but with so many mouths to feed, reality meant finding any kind of employment he could in Gary, Indiana. But Jackson continued his dream vicariously through his children. To keep his kids off the streets and out of trouble, Jackson made his kids practice musical acts constantly. The hard work paid off in 1969 when Motown Records signed the group. With Motown’s mastery and under father Joseph’s watchful eye, the boys were thrust into the national spotlight. They were first introduced to a national audience on the highly rated “Ed Sullivan Show” and it was love at first sight. Their first album hit music store shelves days later with songs like “I Want You Back” and “Who’s Loving You”. The album and The Jackson Five were a mega hit.
Having successfully launched his sons into the music world and with Michael firmly established in a solo career as the ‘King of Pop’, a couple of decades later Joseph would try to make lightning strike twice by focusing on the career of his youngest daughter Janet. He was her manager on her first couple of albums when Janet started performing in 1982, but by her third album “Control”, the singer was declaring her independence.
Janet’s defiance was the first public indication that the Jackson family had some deep rooted problems. Wife Katherine reportedly tried twice to divorce her husband who ran the household with an iron fist. Daughter LaToya in her 1991 memoir claimed that her father molested her and oldest child Rebbie. In 1993, Michael spoke publicly about the emotional and physical abuse he and his siblings endured from their father.
Though their family had problems, pains and secrets, in the days leading up to his death, some of his children braced for the impending loss by posting messages to cope with their grief.
2: My father’s health is not good, but “dying” is a harsh word chosen by headline writers, not me. For however long he has left, my mother, siblings, and relatives want to be with him, without hindrance. (2/2)
— Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) June 21, 2018
And once their Dad had crossed over from this life, LaToya was the first to post of the loss…
I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared. #RIP Joe Jacksonhttps://t.co/F5UfYjEgYx
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) June 27, 2018
We here at TRN extend our deepest condolences to the Jackson family.