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LaToya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956 in Gary, Indiana) is the fifth child of the hugely successful Jackson music family. She is the sister of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
LaToya Jackson was the first female sibling of the Jackson family to pursue a solo musical career. Her debut album "LaToya Jackson" was released in 1980 on Polydor Records. The first single off the album "If You Feel The Funk" was critically acclaimed and was a chart single in most European countries (#40 on the Billboard R&B Charts, #17 Billboard Dance/Club Play), #42 in Germany, and #18 in Holland). The second single, "Night Time Lover" didn't do as well as the first single release, although it was co-written and co-produced by her brother Michael Jackson. The album also included a cover version of the Billy Ocean hit "Are You Ready?".
One year later Jackson released her sophomore album "My Special Love," which was basically similarly constructed as her debut album. Again, she co-wrote one of the songs with her sister Janet Jackson and she did another cover version of a Billy Ocean hit, this time the song "Stay The Night," which was also released as the first single off the album. Some of her brothers, including Randy Jackson and Tito Jackson also contributed to the album. During that time LaToya was still managed by her father Joseph Jackson.
In 1983 she signed a new record deal with Private Eye Records, a division of Epic/Sony Records (the same label that her brother Michael was signed to at that time). She recorded her most successful album so far: "Heart Don't Lie," which was released in 1984. Jackson co-wrote half of the songs herself and worked with the producer team Amir Bayyan. LaToya finally cracked the US Billboard Charts with the hit single "Heart Don't Lie" (#56) and scored a few other Top 40 hits on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Charts with singles off the "Heart Don't Lie" album. While promoting the album she did a guest appearance on the US TV show "The Unknown Stuntman" with Lee Majors and presented her current single "Hot Potato" on the show.
One of the songs, "Reggae Nights" did not end up on LaToya's album (although she co-wrote the song as well). It was given to Jimmy Cliff who released it as a single in 1985.
Another album, "Imagination," was released in 1986 without much notice.
In 1987 Jackson left the management company of her father Joseph Jackson and also left the Jackson residence in Encino, USA. At that time she was 31 years old and she decided it was time for her to stand on her own feet. She also decided to let Jack Gordon manager her music career from then on.
In 1987 Jackson signed a record deal with Teldec Records in Germany. They teamed her up with European's hottest dance producer team during that time: Stock/Aitken/Waterman (who were responsible for all hit singles by Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, Sinitta, Mandy Smith, Dead Or Alive and a successful album by Donna Summer). They recorded 3 songs for her 1988 album "LaToya." The first single from the album was "(Ain't Nobody Loves You) Like I Do". She recorded the anti-drug campaign song "Just Say No," which was recorded for Nancy Reagan's anti-drug campaign for which Jackson was also a spokesperson.
Jackson caused much controversy when she posed for Playboy magazine in March 1989. A few months later she recorded another album, "Bad Girl," for Teldec Records. The album was never released on the Teldec label but appeared one year later on the Italian Record label Sherman Records. It was later licensed to hundreds of small record labels, thus the album was re-released at least in 50 different editions under various names, such as "Sexual Feeling," "He's My Brother" or "Playboy." Among the songwriters for this album were German producers Klarmann/Weber and Tony Monn.
Due to what are often considered a number of unwise professional and personal choices, the public perception of Jackson is generally not favorable. Having never scored what could be considered a major commercial music hit, she is often mocked by comedians or the press as being the least talented of the Jackson siblings. She is more commonly associated with various scandals than with any part of her body of work. For her part Jackson has attributed all of these negative connotations to actions taken by her former manager Gordon whom she claims was abusive.
After appearing in Playboy magazine, Gordon organised television appearances for Jackson on talk shows, in which she answered questions which had absolutely nothing to do with her career as a singer. The main focus was on her family and especially her brother Michael. Jackson alledges Gordon's interests were not in helping her career but in making money from her familial background.
In 1990 Jackson took part in the San Remo music festival and her song "You And Me" was voted the second best song of the festival. In 1991 she posed a second time for Playboy magazine and released her autobiography called Growing Up in The Jackson Family. During that time Jackson claimed she has been molested by her father as a child; she now claims Gordon forced her to make these statements and that they are untrue. When her brother was accused of child molestation in 1993 she publicly stated that the allegations were true; she now claims that Gordon forced her to make this statement as well. She further claims that Gordon forced her to appear in a pornographic video for Playboy, and to participate in unseemly nightclub acts. She claims Gordon forced her to marry him. She made allegations of abuse towards him, and claims he threatened to kill her. She finally parted ways from him in the mid 90s.
2001 and After
Jackson did not have any professional accomplishments between 1996 and 2002; she claims that she took this professional absence voluntarily, though many would speculate that prior behaviour had decimated her career to the point of no return.
In 2001 she started to work on a new album titled "Startin' Over". She started to return into the spotlight in the year 2002, when she returned with a tell-all interview on Larry King, where she first made public comment about her alleged situation with Gordon.
The first single, "Just Wanna Dance", was released to radios under the stage name "Toy" in the summer of 2003, a decision Jackson claimed was made to give the song a chance without association to her sullied image. The album's second single, "Free the World", reached #24 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Her new album "Startin' Over" has been postponed for three years now. Jackson claimed the album would be out in Summer 2002. Then she stated it would be out in the Summer of 2003. The latest scheduled release date by her record label Bungalow Records now is Summer 2006, although 2 singles were already launched to clubs in 2003 - 3 years prior to the album's release, which again proves that Jackson's unprofessional career choices in the past were probably not all her management's faults.
- La Toya Jackson (1980)
- My Special Love (1982)
- Heart Don't Lie (1984)
- Imagination (1986)
- La Toya (also called You're Gonna Get Rocked, 1988)
- Bad Girl (1990)
- No Relations (1991)
- Formidable (1992) (a live album in French, performed at the Moulin Rouge, 6-7 of the tracks on this rare limited edition CD feature La Toya as the main stage act, La Toya performs a cover of Kylie Minogue's "The Loco-Motion")
- From Nashville To You: My Country Collection (a compilation of covers of country songs, 1994)
- Stop In The Name Of Love (a compilation of covers of Motown hits of the 60s and 70s, 1995)
- Startin' Over (scheduled for a release in summer of 2006)
- 1980 If You Feel The Funk
- 1980 Night Time Lover (co-written by herself and Michael Jackson)
- 1981 Stay The Night (a cover version of Billy Ocean's 1980 single)
- 1983 Bet 'Cha Gonna Need my Lovin'
- 1984 Heart Don't Lie
- 1984 Hot Potato
- 1986 Imagination
- 1986 He's A Pretender (only in Europe)
- 1986 Baby Sister (only in Japan)
- 1986 Oops Oh No! (duet with Cerrone)
- 1987 Yes, I'm Ready (duet with Jed) (only in Japan)
- 1987 (Ain't Nobody Loves You) Like I Do (only in Europe)
- 1987 Tell Me (She Means Nothing To You At All) (only in France)
- 1988 You're Gonna Get Rocked
- 1988 Such A Wicked Love (only in the US)
- 1988 You Blew (only in Germany)
- 1989 Bad Girl
- 1990 Sexual Feeling (only in Italy and Holland)
- 1991 Oops Oh No! (Remix) (only in Holland)
- 1991 Sexbox
- 1992 Let's Rock The House (only in Holland)
- 1996 I Can't Help Myself (only in Germany)
- 1998 Don't Break My Heart (duet with Tom Beser) (only in Germany)
- 2003 Just Wanna Dance (as a promotional single in the US only)
- 2004 Free The World (as a promotional single in the US only)
- LaToya Jackson at the Internet Movie Database
- Official site
- The Universal Love of LaToya
- A fan site
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