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Name: Marlon Jackson  
   
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Date of Birth: 12th March 1957
   
Place of Birth: Gary, Indiana, USA
   
Profession: Actor
 
 
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Marlon Jackson during the Jackson 5 era.

Marlon David Jackson (born March 12, 1957 in Gary, Indiana) is an African-American singer and musician, formerly of The Jackson 5, and brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Born in Gary, Indiana to parents Joseph and Katherine Jackson, Marlon was premature; his twin brother, Brandon, died within hours of birth.

Biography

The Jackson 5 and early years

Marlon was about 6 years old when his father, Joseph, formed his five oldest sons into the Jackson 5 singing and dancing group. The second youngest of the Jackson 5, Marlon was only one year older than the lead singer of the group, Michael. Michael was clearly a child prodigy, and Marlon had trouble performing as well as him. Multiple family sources have said that Joseph would sometimes beat Marlon for failing to dance as well as Michael. Joseph wanted to drop Marlon from the group, but mother Katherine Jackson insisted that he stay.

In 1968, the Jackson 5 signed a major label recording contract with Motown Records. Due to a contract dispute with a previous manager, it was about a year before Motown could release any Jackson 5 records. Around this time, the Jackson family moved to California. Michael and Marlon stayed briefly with singer Diana Ross until housing could be arranged for the entire family.

Once their first records were released at the end of 1969, the Jackson 5 were an immediate success, with their first four singles going to #1 in the US. The boys lived a busy life filled with recording and live performances. Fans would often "mob" the boys, sometimes creating dangerous situations. Michael and Marlon were forced to leave the California public school system due to fans disrupting their classroom. From that point on, most of their education would come from a private tutor.

The move to Epic and marriage

By 1974, fans had moved on to the next new group, and the Jackson 5's record sales had slowed considerably, althogh they were still a major concert draw. The brothers and their father wanted Motown to give the group better promotion and more artistic control, but Motown refused. As a result, the group left Motown in the mid-1970s and signed with Epic Records. The middle brother, Jermaine, was married at the time to the daughter of Motown's founder, and remained at Motown. The youngest Jackson boy, Randy, joined the group at this point, bringing the number of brothers in the group back to five. However, Motown claimed ownership of the name "Jackson 5", and the brothers recorded for Epic under the name "The Jacksons."

At the age of 18, Marlon eloped with a fan, Carol, thus becoming the first of many Jackson siblings to marry without the knowledge of other family members. He lived at home with his parents for five months before they learned that he was married.

The Jacksons' first two albums for Epic were not commercial successes, but Joseph and Michael persuaded Epic to let the Jacksons start writing and producing their own material. One of the subsequent songs, "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", written by Michael and Randy Jackson, became a major success and helped to return the Jackson brothers to stardom.

Leaving the Jacksons

The Jacksons recorded several successful albums during this period, such as Destiny, Triumph and Victory. However, their fame was eclipsed by the sizeable success of Michael's solo career. In 1984-1985, the Jacksons (including Jermaine) embarked on their last tour together. This tour, the Victory Tour was marked by strife between the brothers and public criticism of high ticket prices. Michael vowed never to tour with his brothers again, and Marlon also was disillusioned about performing with the Jacksons. The next and final Jacksons album, 2300 Jackson Street, was recorded without the participation of Marlon or Michael. In 1987, Marlon released his one and only solo album, Baby Tonight. Although well received by fans of the Jacksons, it was only a modest commercial success.

Marlon Jackson today.

Marlon also produced songs on his sisters' albums: one song on Rebbie's Centipede and two songs on Janet's Dream Street in 1984 and two songs on LaToya's My Special Love in 1982.

Later life

Unlike his brothers, Marlon decided to embark on a career outside of show business, becoming a successful real estate agent in Southern California. He also is part owner of Major Broadcasting Corporation, a cable network designed to bring family-friendly programming to the Black community. He rejoined his brothers for two concerts in 2001 to celebrate Michael's 30th Anniversary as a solo performer.

Marlon is still married to Carol, making him the only one of the six Jackson brothers to avoid divorce. The couple lives in California, and has three children: Valencia, Brittny and Marlon, Jr.



The Jackson 5/The Jacksons
Members
Jackie | Tito | Jermaine | Marlon | Michael | Randy
Other personnel
Joseph Jackson | Katherine Jackson | Johnny Jackson | Ronnie Rancifer
Songwriters & producers
The Corporation™ | Bobby Taylor | Hal Davis | Willie Hutch | Clifton Davis
Albums
Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5| ABC | Third Album | The Jackson 5 Christmas Album
Maybe Tomorrow | Goin' Back to Indiana | Greatest Hits | Lookin' Through the Windows
Skywriter | The Jackson 5 in Japan | G.I.T.: Get It Together | Dancing Machine
Moving Violation | Anthology | The Jacksons | Goin' Places | Destiny
Triumph | The Jacksons Live! | Victory | 2300 Jackson Street
Soulsation! | Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection
Singles
I Want You Back | ABC | The Love You Save | I'll Be There
Who's Lovin' You | Mama's Pearl | Never Can Say Goodbye | | Maybe Tomorrow | Get It Together
Dancing Machine | I Am Love | All I Do is Think of You | Enjoy Yourself | Show You the Way to Go
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) | Can You Feel It | State of Shock

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