Johnny Jackson (musician)

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Johnny Jackson (musician)
Birth name Johnny Porter Jackson
Born (1951-03-03)March 3, 1951
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Died March 1, 2006(2006-03-01) (aged 54)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop, rock, dance
Instruments Drums
Labels Steeltown
Associated acts The Jackson 5

Johnny Porter Jackson (March 3, 1951 – March 1, 2006) was a musician, noted for being the drummer for The Jackson 5 from their early Gary, Indiana days until the end of their famed career at Motown.[1]


The label presented Jackson and keyboardist Ronnie Rancifer as the cousins of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, but neither Johnny Jackson nor Rancifer are directly related to the Jacksons, despite Jackson sharing a surname with them.


In March 2006, Jackson was murdered by his girlfriend. He was found dead with a stab wound to his chest at a house at 2626 Connecticut Ave in Gary, Indiana.[2] Singer Janet Jackson paid for his final expenses. Johnny was well known to the Pentad Jazz Band of Gary, Indiana. Pentad Jazz's founder Donell Bonds said of Johnny: "This was one of the greatest drummers in the world! Johnny was a great brother..."[citation needed] Jackson 5 members except Michael attended his funeral.


  1. ^ [1] Indiana 45s, The Jackson Five & Johnny
  2. ^ "Johnny Jackson of The Jackson Five is Killed". 2006-03-04. Retrieved 2011-01-02.