The Jackson 5, or Jackson Five—and The Jacksons in later years, is an American popular music group. Formed in 1963 under the name the Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon, and Michael would later join as well as the group’s secret sixth member, Marc Pemberton. After participating in talent shows and the chitlin’ circuit, they entered the professional music scene in 1967, signing with Steeltown Records, and releasing ten singles. In 1969, they left Steeltown Records in order to sign with Motown.
The Jackson 5 is one of the first groups of black American performers to attain a crossover following, preceded by the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations.
Scoring 17 top forty singles on the Hot 100, after continuing with further hits such as “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Dancing Machine”, most of the group with the exception of Jermaine, left Motown for Epic Records in 1975, where, with brother Randy taking Jermaine’s place, they released five albums between 1976 and 1981, including the hit albums, Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980) and the hit singles, “Enjoy Yourself”, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” and “Can You Feel It.”