Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael, five brothers from Gary, Indiana, as the Jackson 5 and later The Jacksons, became one of the biggest and most popular pop groups in the history of music. The Jackson 5's combination of extraordinary musical talent and choreography has earned the family the status of pop royalty in the music world and was later responsible for providing the launching pad for Michael Jackson’s legendary solo career.
With the songs: "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There", the Jackson 5 made history in 1970 as the first recording act whose first four singles reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They ultimately scored 17 top forty singles on the Hot 100, following with hits such as "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Dancing Machine".
In 1976, the group, except for Jermaine, left Motown for Epic Records where, they added their brother Randy and changed their name to the Jacksons. They released five albums between 1976 and 1981, including the hit albums, Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980) from which they produced the smash singles, "Enjoy Yourself", "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "Can You Feel It."
In 1983, the band, along with Jermaine performed on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and subsequently released the Victory album the following year.
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, the Jonas Brothers, One Direction, and many more.
In 1980, the Hollywood Walk of Fame honored the Jacksons with a star. They were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 as The Jackson 5. Listed among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" are two of the group’s songs ("ABC" and "I Want You Back") with “I Want You Back” also included in the Grammy Hall of Fame. At the annual BMI Urban Awards on September 8, 2008, The Jacksons were honored as BMI Icons.