Tito Jackson

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Tito Jackson
Birth name Toriano Adaryll Jackson
Born (1953-10-15) October 15, 1953 (age 63)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Genres Blues, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, programming
Years active 1964–present
Labels Steeltown, Epic, Motown
Associated acts The Jackson 5
Website www.titojackson.com

Toriano Adaryll "Tito" Jackson (born October 15, 1953) is an American singer and guitarist and original member of The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, who rose to fame in the late 1960s with the Motown label, later finding success under the Epic label in the 1970s and 1980s. He is the third child in the Jackson family.

Early life[edit]

Jackson was born the third of ten children in a black working-class family who lived in a three-room house in Gary, Indiana. His father, Joe, was a steel mill worker, while his mother, Katherine, was a devout Jehovah's Witness. At ten years of age, he was caught playing his father's guitar after he broke a string.[1] After fixing the string, Joe demanded his son to play for him. Once he was finished, Jackson's father bought him his own guitar. Shortly thereafter, Joseph convinced Tito, Jackie and Jermaine to form a singing group, having been impressed with the vocals of Jackie and Jermaine. Tito did not sing much with his brothers, a pattern that continued even after signing with Motown.[citation needed]


Main article: The Jackson 5

After first performing in school functions and supermarkets, the brothers began participating in local talent shows when Jackson was twelve. By then, his younger brother Michael, then seven, had become the official lead singer of the group. In 1966, they changed their name from The Jackson Brothers to The Jackson Five, and won several talent shows around the Gary area. After winning the Amateur Night competition for The Apollo Theater in August 1967, Joe Jackson began to work part-time from full-time at the steel mill to help his sons secure a recording contract. The group signed with Steeltown Records in Gary, Indiana, in November of that year. In January 1968, the Jackson Five's first single, "Big Boy", was released on the Steeltown label.[2]

In 1969, The Jackson 5 signed with Motown Records in Detroit, and scored several hit songs, including the number-one singles, "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There". Though Tito sometimes added brief lead vocals on some songs, he and Marlon rarely sang background harmony work with the other brothers until much later in their careers. Despite his talent as a guitar player, Motown refused to allow Tito to perform guitar on any of the Jackson 5 recording sessions. All of their guitar parts were performed by session musicians. Tito's guitar work made its debut after he and the Jacksons left Motown for CBS Records in 1976. He also began writing songs with his brothers during this period though he didn't sing any lead parts and, like before, didn't participate in harmony work.

Tito, along with Jackie, were the most consistent members of the Jacksons, with Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and Randy, leaving at different times. After the end of the Victory Tour, Tito performed session work and also as a record producer. After releasing 2300 Jackson Street, the Jacksons ceased recording work. After years managing his sons' family group, 3T, Jackson returned to the national spotlight after reuniting with his brothers on Michael's 30th anniversary concert special at Madison Square Garden.

Solo work and other projects[edit]

Jackson began a solo career in 2003 performing as a blues musician in various clubs with his band, which includes producer and guitarist Angelo Earl and a management team that includes Ed Tate. In 2007, in the United Kingdom, Jackson appeared as a judge on the BBC celebrity singing competition Just the Two of Us for series two of the show. He replaced singer Lulu who was a judge on series one. His co-judges were vocal coach CeCe Sammy, musician Stewart Copeland and radio DJ Trevor Nelson. During the tenure of his brothers' reality series, 2009's The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, he served as one of the executive producers alongside his other brothers.

In mid-2012, Jackson reunited with brothers Jackie, Marlon, and Jermaine by going on tour.[citation needed]

For over 50 years, the Jacksons, the First Family of Pop Music, has been charting hits and in 2016 Tito Jackson joined his brothers and sisters and scored his first solo hit on the Billboard charts with the single “Get It Baby” featuring Big Daddy Kane from his forthcoming album Tito Time, becoming the ninth and final Jackson family sibling to place a solo single on the charts. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson married Delores "Dee Dee" Martes in June 1972 at the age of 18, and later divorced in 1993.[4][not in citation given] In 1994, Martes was found dead floating in a swimming pool. The death was originally ruled accidental, however a Los Angeles business man, Donald Bohana, was subsequently charged with murdering her and later found guilty of second-degree murder in 2000.[5] The couple had three sons, who compose the musical group 3T:

Jackson also has six grandchildren; four through TJ[6] and two from Taryll (Bryce and Adren).[7][8]


  1. ^ Jackson, La Toya; Patricia Romanowski (1991). La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family. New American Library. ISBN 0-451-17415-1. 
  2. ^ [1] 45 RPM Records
  3. ^ Billboard: All 9 Jackson Family Siblings Have Now Had Solo Hits on the Billboard Charts
  4. ^ Dillon, Nancy; McShane, Larry; Schapiro, Rich (June 28, 2008). "Nanny says Michael Jackson's stomach had to be pumped regularly". nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  5. ^ "Michael Jackson's Nephew Discusses Court Proceedings". OK! Magazine. August 21, 2009. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  6. ^ "TJ". Jackson-source.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Taryll". Jackson-source.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Who Is TJ Jackson's Wife Frances on The Jacksons: The Next Generation?". 2paragraphs.com. Retrieved 2015-11-04.