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Gary, Indiana, USA
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The Jackson 5
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Jermaine Jackson is the fourth child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson, born in Gary, Indiana after his brother Tito Jackson. He was raised as a Jehovah`s Witness by his devout mother. Jermaine converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to the Middle East and has been staunch supporter of peace in the region. Jermaine was the original lead singer of the Jackson Brothers—an earlier incarnation of The Jackson Five—until 1968, when younger brother Michael began assisting with lead vocals. He remained the co-lead singer with Michael for many years. Jackson graduated from Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, California in 1973, where he was described in the yearbook as the "most talented" and "best dressed."
Jackson and his brothers signed with Motown Records in 1968. As the co-lead singer of The Jackson 5 after his brother Michael, Jackson sang notable parts of "I Want You Back", "I`ll Be There", "I Am Love", "Dancing Machine" and many other Jackson 5 songs. In 1975, after six years performing with his brothers, Jermaine split from the Jackson 5 to continue his solo career at Motown Records while the other Jackson brothers left to sign with Epic Records. During the Jackson 5`s last years in Motown, Jackson didn`t partake in lead vocals at all on songs such as "Hum Along and Dance", and only had a small co-lead part in the group`s 1974 hit "Dancing Machine".
Like Michael, Jermaine began a solo career while still a member of The Jackson 5, and had a hit with the 1972 Shep and the Limelites cover "Daddy`s Home". When The Jackson 5 left Motown, Jermaine left the group and stayed at Motown, as he was married to Hazel Gordy, the daughter of Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Jermaine was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 1980 album Let`s Get Serious. He had numerous Hot 100 Top 30 hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "Daddy`s Home" (#9), "That`s How Love Goes", "Let`s Be Young Tonight", "Bass Odyssey", "Feel the Fire", "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy" (featuring Devo on backing vocals) (#18), "Let`s Get Serious" (#9, also only one of two of his UK hits, peaking at #8), "Dynamite" (#15), "Do What You Do" (#13), and "I Think It`s Love" (#16). A duet with his brother Michael, "Tell Me I`m Not Dreamin` (Too Good to Be True)", hit #1 on the dance chart in 1984. He and Michael also collaborated with Rockwell, both providing guest vocals on his 1984 hit single, "Somebody`s Watching Me". In 1985, his duet with Pia Zadora, When the Rain Begins to Fall, topped several singles charts in Europe. His final chart success, 1989`s "Don`t Take It", hit #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.
In 1991 a pre-commercial release version of his song "Word to the Badd!!" (from the L.A. & Babyface-produced album You Said,) was released to radio stations. In that version he criticized his brother Michael. Michael confronted Jermaine and the two brothers discussed the issue, with Michael asking for the song to be withdrawn from airplay. Jermaine refused, but reworked the lyrics for final release, making the song instead about a former lover. Several other singles were released from this album, which was the second album to appear on the newly-formed LaFace Records label, including "You Said, You Said," and "I Dream, I Dream." However, the album turned out to be a commercial failure. Jermaine was soon dropped from his record label and remains unsigned to any label.
Jackson is proficient on the electric guitar and various types of bass guitars. In 1992, he produced The Jacksons: An American Dream, an award-winning and highly-rated miniseries about the history of The Jackson 5. Jermaine Jr. portrayed his father as a young teenager in the miniseries.
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Jermaine LaJaune Jackson
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Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954) is an American singer, bass guitarist, composer, and occasional film director, best known as a member of The Jackson 5. He also produced and recorded duets with American singer Whitney Houston in her early years as a recording artist and was a producer for Bobby DeBarge's band Switch.
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Vocals, bass guitar, guitar, piano, synthesizer
Steeltown, Motown, Epic, Arista, LaFace
The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Switch
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soul, funk, new jack swing
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Married||Jermaine Jackson and Halima Rashid have been married since 2004.|||