Randy Jackson (The Jacksons)

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Randy Jackson
Born Steven Randall Jackson
(1961-10-29) October 29, 1961 (age 56)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Other names
  • Randy
  • Little Randy
Occupation
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
Years active 1971–1990
2001–present
Spouse(s)
  • Eliza Shaffy
    (m. 1989; div. 1992)
    [1]
Children 3
Parent(s)
Family Jackson
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • percussion
  • keyboards
  • bass guitar
Labels
Associated acts
Website officialrandyjackson.com

Steven Randall Jackson (born October 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and dancer. Jackson is best known as a former member of his family band, the Jacksons. Jackson is the youngest Jackson brother, and the second-youngest Jackson sibling after his sister Janet Jackson.[3]

Early life[edit]

From left, back row: Jackie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson. Middle row: Randy Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Rebbie Jackson. Front row: Janet Jackson, 1977.

Randy was born in Gary, Indiana to Joseph Jackson and Katherine Jackson. Nicknamed "Little Randy", Jackson is the ninth child of the Jackson family and youngest of the Jackson brothers.[3] Jackson was only three years old when the Jackson 5 was formed and therefore was not an original member. While his brothers toured, Jackson honed his skills as a musician, mastering piano and the bongos.

Career[edit]

The Jacksons[edit]

Randy was not an original member of the Jackson 5, first officially appearing live with his brothers at the end of 1971.[4] The event was a Christmas show the Jackson 5 held for blind children.[5] Although he was on every Jackson 5 tour from 1972 forward mainly playing the congas among other instruments, Randy did not officially join the family band until 1975 when they left Motown Records for CBS Records and older brother Jermaine chose to stay with Motown, prompting Randy to replace him.[3] The Jackson 5 officially changed their name to the Jacksons when they signed with Epic due in part to the fact Motown owned the name the Jackson 5.[4] At the age of 16, he co-wrote the Jacksons' most successful single on Epic, "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" with Michael.[6]

On February 4, 1980, Jackson was seriously injured in a car crash in Hollywood, California. In June 1980, Jackson appeared on the cover of the weekly African-American newsmagazine Jet. The cover headline read: "Randy Jackson Walks Again: Talks About His Future."[7]

Jackson plays congas, percussion, keyboards, piano, bass, and guitar among other instruments. In addition to singing and playing on the Jacksons' recordings, he worked with Michael on his Off the Wall album.[8] Jackson participated in the Jacksons' Destiny World Tour from 1979 to 1980, the Triumph Tour in 1981, Victory Tour in 1984, and in the band's later projects. He was part of the Jacksons 2001 reunion at Madison Square Garden, but did not appear as an official cast member in their 2009 A&E reality series The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.[9][10] However, he did contribute backing vocals with Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine for Michael's This Is It.

After the Jacksons[edit]

After recording the 2300 Jackson Street album, the group disbanded and focused on separate projects in 1990.[3][4] After this split, Jackson formed his own band, Randy & the Gypsys.[3] The group released only one album before breaking up.[11] In the same year, Randy Jackson co-founded Total Multimedia Inc. with a former Iron Butterfly bass player, Philip Taylor Kramer, to develop data compression techniques for CD-ROMs.[12][13][14]. On June 28, 1998, Jackson opened up his own record label Modern Records.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1986, Jackson met Alejandra Oaziaza. They dated for years and have two children together:[16]

  • Genevieve Jackson (born December 3, 1989).
  • Steven Randall Jackson Jr. (born October 2, 1992).

Later, Jackson married Eliza Shaffy in August 1989. They have a daughter together:[3]

  • Stevanna Jackson (born June 17, 1990).

Alejandra married and later divorced Randy's older brother, Jermaine Jackson (1995–2003).[3]

Legal Issues[edit]

Battery charge[edit]

In January 1991, he was charged with beating his wife and their 14-month-old daughter.[17][18] Jackson pleaded no contest to the battery charge.[17] In November that year, Jackson was arrested after Shaffy phoned the police to report that the beatings had not stopped.[19] Jackson was sentenced to one month in jail, two years' probation, and ordered to enroll in a domestic violence rehabilitation program.[1][17][18] The couple divorced in 1992.

Bankruptcy[edit]

Jackson filed for bankruptcy in 1996.[20] He was ordered to surrender his shares in Modern Records Inc.[21] In May 1998, an arrest warrant was issued when Jackson failed to turn over the stock. In 2001, Randy pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud by failing to list all his vehicular assets.[22]

Child support[edit]

In January 2012, Jackson filed a complaint against Alejandra Oaziaza, disputing an alleged $500,000 owed in child support.[23][24] Jackson protested that he had never been served for the initial paternity lawsuit, instead claiming that the matter had been settled in 1993.[23] His absence at the paternity proceedings resulted in a default judgement in favor of Oaziaza.[23]

Disputed will and child custody[edit]

Randy attempted to unseat executors John Branca and John McClain and dismiss his brother Michael's will, which reportedly made his mother Katherine furious.[25] He and his siblings Jermaine and Janet objected to the 2011 tribute concert held for Michael, stating that they felt the family's attention should have been focused on the trial of Conrad Murray.[26]

The three siblings were later involved in an incident where Katherine Jackson lost custody of Michael's children due to suspicion that she was "prevented from acting as a guardian because of the acts of third parties".[27] Randy, Jermaine, and Janet attempted to take the children with them to Arizona, where it was alleged that Katherine Jackson was being held against her will after being kidnapped.[28] Footage of the incident appeared to show the siblings storming the house and Janet Jackson trying to take Paris Jackson's phone.[28][27] Sheriff's deputies broke up an altercation between Randy and Trent Jackson.[27] Eventually Katherine regained custody of Prince, Paris, and Blanket.[29][30]

Discography[edit]

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year
"How Can I Be Sure" 1978

Randy and the Gypsys discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Randy & the Gypsys
  • Released: October 4, 1989 (1989-10-04)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
  • Label: A&M

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Perpetrators" 1989 Randy & the Gypsys
"Not Because of Me"
"Love You Honey"

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"The Love We Almost Had" 1989 Randy & the Gypsys

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Randy Jackson Gets 30 Days In Hospital Lock-up On Charge Of Wife-Beating". Jet. 16 December 1991. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Publisher, Eur. "Former Singer Victor Hail Searches For Randy Jackson To Thank Him". eurweb.com. eurweb.com. Retrieved 12 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Randy Jackson". biography.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "TheJackson 5". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Blind kids entertained by Jackson 5". Baltimore Afro-American. 25 December 1971. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Jackson 5 - Songs". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  7. ^ Jet magazine; June 19, 1980
  8. ^ "Randy Jackson - Credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  9. ^ Thigpen, David. "Michael's Show a Thriller". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Ho, Rodney. "Atlantan helped produce A&E's "The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty" reality show debuting Dec. 13". radiotvtalk.blog. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Randy & the Gypsys". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Lei, Richard (1996-10-06). "FAR OUT". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-25. 
  13. ^ "The Vanishing". Maxim. New York City: Biglari Holdings. October 1999. Archived from the original on 2002-02-04. Retrieved 2018-03-10. 
  14. ^ "The TMMI Story". Total Multimedia Incorporated. Retrieved 2018-07-25. 
  15. ^ Beavers, Carter. "Randy Jackson Says He is Still President/ CEO of Modern Records". globenewswire.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  16. ^ https://www.jackson-source.com/next-generation
  17. ^ a b c Wilson, Jeff. "Randy Jackson, Michael's Brother, Gets Jail for Wife Beating". apnewsarchive.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "ARREST WARRANT IS ISSUED FOR JACKSON BROTHER RANDY". buffalonews.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  19. ^ "Randy Jackson Gets Jail For Beating Wife, Daughter". orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  20. ^ "Singer Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud". latimes.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  21. ^ "Warrant Issued For Randy Jackson". mtv.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  22. ^ Byrd, Veronica. "Passages - Legal". people.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  23. ^ a b c Ofgang, Kenneth. "C.A. Rules for Singer Randy Jackson in Child Support Dispute". metnews.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  24. ^ Agyeman-Fisher, Abena. "Randy Jackson Sues Baby Mama Over Child Support". newsone.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  25. ^ "Katherine Jackson 'furious' with son Randy". news.com.au. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  26. ^ Quinn, Ben. "Family divided over plans for Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales". theguardian.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  27. ^ a b c Duke, Alan. "Judge suspends Katherine Jackson as guardian of Michael Jackson's children". cnn.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  28. ^ a b Katherine Jackson temporarily loses custody of Michael Jackson's children, judge names TJ Jackson as temporary guardian, Nancy. "nydailynews.com". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  29. ^ Duke, Alan. "Katherine Jackson to share custody of Michael Jackson's children". cnn.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  30. ^ Fisher, Luchina; Stuelp, Vania. "TJ Jackson Granted Permanent Co-Guardianship of Michael Jackson Kids". abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017.