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Jermaine Jackson, 2007
|Birth name||Jermaine La Jaune Jackson|
December 11, 1954 |
Gary, Indiana, United States
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, author|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar, guitar, piano, synthesizer|
|Labels||Steeltown, Motown, Epic, Arista, LaFace|
|Associated acts||The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Switch|
Jermaine La Jaune Jacksun (né Jackson) (born December 11, 1954) is an American singer, bass guitarist, composer, and occasional film director, best known as a member of The Jackson 5. He also produced and recorded duets with American singer Whitney Houston in her early years as a recording artist and was a producer for Bobby DeBarge's band Switch.
Jackson is the fourth child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. He was born December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana, after his brother Tito Jackson. His siblings are Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, La Toya, Marlon, Michael, Randy, and Janet. He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by his devout mother, but he converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain. Jermaine was the original lead singer of the Jackson Brothers—an earlier incarnation of The Jackson Five—until 1966, when younger brother Michael began singing lead. Jermaine would continue to provide some leads over the years. Jermaine graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California in 1973.
The Jackson 5
Jermaine and his brothers first signed with Gordon Keith of Steeltown Records (The Jackson Five) in 1967 and then Berry Gordy of Motown Records (The Jackson 5) 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. Jermaine performed as part of the group for six years. Not feeling that they were being paid fair royalties by Motown Records for their success, the Jackson 5 decided to leave the label and sign with Epic Reccords in 1975. Jermaine had married Motown founder Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel in 1973 and as such, Jermaine felt compelled to stay with Motown. Jermaine split from the Jackson 5 to start a solo career at Motown and was replace by his brother Randy Jackson. Unbeknownst to the group, Gordy had trademarked the name The Jackson Five and did not allow the group to take the name with them when they left the label. Once signed with Epic, the group became known as The Jacksons. Several years later in 1983, Gordy asked the group to perform at the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. Michael Jackson initially did not want to perform on the Motown special but agreed once he was given a solo spot as well as performing with The Jacksons. After the success of the broadcast, Jermaine rejoined the band to record the album Victory which featured all six brothers on The Jackson's album cover. Jermaine also participated in the band's 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 Special.
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. 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.
Jermaine was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 1980 album Let's Get Serious. He had a number of 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 No. 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.
Jackson is proficient on the electric guitar and is a talented bass guitar player. Jermaine also composed and produced for other artists, such as Switch, and he 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.
Celebrity Big Brother
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, Jo O'Meara, and Danielle Lloyd. 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, Jackson, and Shetty. After leaving Big Brother, 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.
Celebrity Wife Swap
On the premiere episode of season three of the ABC reality show Celebrity Wife Swap on April 15, 2014, Jermaine Jackson and his wife Halima swapped places with Daniel Baldwin and his on-again off-again girlfriend Isabella Hofmann. In the episode, Jackson refused to comply with Isabella's request that he put some of his clothing in storage. He also refused to provide a status report to the producers after the swap was completed.
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".
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 honor at the Muslim Writers Awards in Birmingham.
In 2009, following the death of his brother Michael, Jermaine appeared on the A&E television series The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty documenting what was supposed to be a 40th anniversary reunion between Jermaine and his brothers. The series lasted one season and Jermaine, along with his three surviving brothers, was listed as an executive producer. In October 2010, Jermaine played a concert at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas, titling it "40 Years of Jackson Music" and dedicating the concert to Michael.
He wrote the memoir You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother's Eyes.
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.
In a 2012 interview with Luka Neskovic, for The Huffington Post, Jackson said that his brother planned a reunion with him: "... the plan was to do some shows with the brothers as well, after he finished his commitment with the "This Is It", and we probably gonna do some songs with him on the "This Is It" tour".
On December 15, 1973, Jackson married Hazel Gordy, who is the daughter of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. The couple had three children together: Jermaine La Jaune "Jay" Jackson, Jr. (born January 27, 1977), Autumn Joi Jackson (born July 10, 1978), and Jaimy Jermaine Jackson (born March 17, 1987).
Jackson had a relationship beginning in 1986 with Margaret Maldonado during his marriage to Hazel. After his divorce from Gordy in 1988, Jackson began living with Maldonado, and he had two children with her: Jeremy Maldonado Jackson (born December 26, 1986) and Jourdynn Michael Jackson (born January 5, 1989).
After separating from Maldonado, Jackson began a relationship with Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza. (She had two children with his brother, Randy, daughter Genevieve and son Steven, Jr.) Oaziaza had two sons with Jermaine: Jaafar Jeremiah Jackson (born July 25, 1996), and Jermajesty Jackson (born October 7, 2000). Jackson and Oaziaza divorced in 2003.
Jackson met Halima Rashid, a wealthy Afghan native, while in line at Starbucks in January 2004. In March 2004, he proposed to her, and in August 2004 they got married in a mosque in Los Angeles, where they currently live.
In all, Jackson has seven children: three with his first wife Hazel, two with Margaret, and two with Alejandra.
Jackson converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain, and unofficially adapted the name Muhammad Wassab.  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.
He supported his brother, Michael, 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.
On November 6, 2012, Jackson filed a name change petition in Los Angeles, from Jermaine Jackson to Jermaine Jacksun, stating the switch was for "artistic reasons". His last name officially became Jacksun on February 22, 2013.
In popular culture
In the 1980s, Jermaine Jackson guest starred on an episode of The Facts of Life.
Jackson was portrayed by Jason Griffith in the 2004 film Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story. Jermaine's son, Jermaine Jackson Jr., portrayed his father in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream.
- Studio albums
- Jermaine (1972)
- Come into My Life (1973)
- My Name Is Jermaine (1976)
- Feel the Fire (1977)
- Frontiers (1978)
- Let's Get Serious (1980)
- Jermaine (1980)
- I Like Your Style (1981)
- Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (1982)
- Jermaine Jackson (1984)
- Precious Moments (1986)
- Don't Take It Personal (1989)
- You Said (1991)
- I Wish You Love (2012)
- TBA (2015)
- Jackson, Katherine; Rich Wiseman (1990). My Family, the Jacksons. St. Martin's Paperbacks. ISBN 0-312-92350-3.
- "Vol. 44, No. 26". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company). September 20, 1973. p. 55.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 314. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
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- "You Are Not Alone (9780007435678): Jermaine Jackson: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
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- "Luka Neskovic: Jermaine Jackson on His Brother Michael and First Tour in 30 Years". Huffingtonpost.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "I Wish You Love : Jermaine's new album !". Jermaine Jackson Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
- "Jermaine's @ home photoshoot/interview with fam in Hello! Magazine". Lipstickalley.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
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- "Jermaine Jackson". DesPerados.com. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- "Jermaine Jackson wants Michael to convert to Islam". Reuters. 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
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- "NBCNews.com Video Player". MSNBC. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
- "Michael Jackson's death: Jermaine Jackson speaks". Los Angeles Times. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Jermaine Jackson changes last name to Jacksun", today.com, February 23, 2013.[dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jermaine Jackson.|
- Official website
- Jermaine Jackson Complete Motown Discography
- Jermaine Jackson at the Internet Movie Database