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The Jackson family is an important and influential American family of singers that has garnered prominence in the music industry, originated from .
Performing as members of and as solo artists, the children of and were very successful in the field of from the late 1960s onwards. As a group, the eldest sons , , , , , and later with the inclusion of . The members who managed to be solo icons in music are and . The Jackson 5 became known as the "" (a title first held by the ). The continued success of Michael and Janet's careers as solo artists led the Jacksons to become known as the "Royal Family of Pop". All nine of the Jackson siblings have gold records to their credits with La Toya holding the distinction of being the first Jackson sister to attain one (awarded by France's SNEP for "", a song she co-wrote for ), and now to for being the first black woman to receive the .
The Jackson family has been the subject of controversy linked to the . But the most controversial facts of Jackson's private life are accusations made by his sons against family patriarch claiming that he was harassed by his father as a child.
Despite these circumstances and other problems, the Jacksons continued to be one of the most influential families in the United States and in recent years some family members have been honored for their work; in 1997 was inducted to the . Michael would follow the group to the hall in 2001. The Jacksons, Michael and Janet all received stars on the in 1980, 1984 and 1990 respectively. Joseph was recognized as "the best musical businessman of all time" by the city of in 2002. In 2009 a new series from entitled premiered documenting the Jackson brothers dealing with the sudden loss of Michael and preparing for a Jackson 5 Reunion tour.
The most popular member of the Jackson family was Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop and died in June 2009, due to a cardiac arrest.
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Joseph Walter Jackson was born on July 26, 1928 in but he grew up in with his father Samuel Jackson, a school teacher. At age 18 he moved to to be with his mother Crystal Lee King and to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional boxer. At age 21, Joseph married Katherine Scruse, 19, immediately starting a family. Even though he wanted to be a success in boxing it wasn’t a job for a family man, so he obtained a job as an operator with East Chicago's . His family continued to grow steadily and over the course of sixteen years he and Katherine had a house full of nine children. Joe Jackson always wanted to make it big and although he couldn’t in boxing or in his own short musical stint in the 1950s with the band The Falcons, he saw the talent in his children, starting with Tito and Tito's ability to play the guitar.
Soon enough Joe Jackson formed a band of his sons , , and called in 1964 and became their manager. After several years of doing local talent shows, Joseph enlarged the band to include and , two of his younger sons, and then changed the name of the band to by 1966, remaining the group's manager. As their father he was a very strict disciplinarian and had an abusive nature and as their manager he enforced long practice sessions of singing and dancing in hopes of preparing them to make it big one day. In August 1967, the group made a debut at the in where they won the Amateur Night contest. , the owner and producer at in Gary, Indiana, discovered the Jackson Five and signed them to their first contract in November 1967. “”, the boys' first record which was produced by Keith, was released on January 30, 1968. It became a local hit. In March 1969, they signed a record contract and became known as the Jackson 5. The group enjoyed the fame Joseph Jackson had been longing for in his life. He continued to manage The Jackson 5 into stardom and after the band they had many No. 1 hits on the Billboard hot singles charts; Joseph moved them to a mansion in with his own hefty salary he had obtained as their full-time manager. After many years as a band and with Michael as lead singer, the group continued to churn out even more hits and wealth, but tensions grew and in 1979, Michael severed ties with his father/manager and went on to pursue a solo musical entertainment career. Four years later, in 1983, Michael's siblings fired Joseph Jackson as their manager. In 1993, Michael Jackson accused his father of physical and mental abuse; a few of the other siblings confirmed this claim, but others denied it.
Katherine Jackson (née Kattie B. Scruse) was born on May 4, 1930 in , the child of Prince Albert Scruse (1907–1997) and Martha Mattie Upshaw (1907–1990). She was left with a permanent limp after acquiring syndrome in her childhood. She later recovered from her illness after moving with her family to , where she would remain until meeting her husband Joseph Jackson. The couple moved and bought a small home in , where they birthed and raised nine children and she was a stay-at-home mother. Throughout her life, Katherine remained a devoted and raised her children strictly under the same spiritual teachings she received. Also, as a talented pianist and vocalist who shared her talents with her children, she was later credited for being the foundation of her children's success. After her sons' rise to fame as The Jackson 5, she strongly supported her children and became the costume designer for their shows and performances. Some of the memorable moments of her unconditional support were seen when her son Michael was tried for molestation charges in and . Katherine now lives in Calabasas, California where she cares for the children of her . After allegations that she may have been held against her will by Randy and Janet Jackson, Katherine lost custody of Michael's children, ultimately regaining it in 2012.
Together, Joseph and Katherine Jackson had ten children. Their son Brandon (Marlon's twin) died shortly after birth. The other nine grew up to become professional musicians.
Through his extramarital relationship with Cheryl Terrell, Joseph had a child.
There are 26 children that make up the third generation of the Jackson family along with several great-grandchildren. Among them, some have followed in the family's footsteps into the entertainment industry. The three children of Michael Jackson are probably the most well-known of the third generation. Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (b. February 13, 1997), also known as "Prince", (b. April 3, 1998), and also known as "Blanket" now called "Bigi" (b. February 21, 2002), have been discussed in the press numerous times throughout their lives, particularly since their in 2009.
Rebbie, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Janet Jackson have also had children, who have come under varying degrees of media focus. (b. 1985), the only son of Rebbie Jackson, is a singer and songwriter who has released several successful singles in the pop/R&B genre. Tito Jackson's three sons, (b. 1973), (b. 1975), and (b. 1978) make up the R&B/pop music group . 3T has released three studio albums and has gone on to have moderate success in the industry, primarily outside of the United States. Sigmund "Siggy" Jackson Jr. (b. 1977), the eldest son to Jackie Jackson, is a hip-hop artist who goes under the name "Dealz". Siggy has been a for a number of independent artists and has obtained mild success as a solo artist. Jermaine La Jaune "Jay" Jackson Jr. (b. 1977), the eldest son to Jermaine Jackson, portrayed his father in the 1992 miniseries, , a about the Jackson family. On January 3, 2017, at the age of 50, Janet gave birth to Eissa Al Mana, the newest member of the Jackson family.