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Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5

Image for Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Michael Jackson (1958–2009) was only eleven years old in January 1970 when “I Want You Back”—the Jackson 5’s first Motown Records single—reached number one on both the pop and R&B charts. The junior member of the ensemble consisting of his brothers Tito (born 1953), Marlon (born 1957), Jackie (born 1951), and Jermaine Jackson (born 1954), Michael quickly emerged as the group’s lead performer with incandescent vocals and dance moves that were extraordinary for one so young. Fueled by Michael’s talent, the Jackson 5 scored a string of hits with their next three singles—“ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There”—which topped the charts in rapid succession. After releasing his first solo recording “Got to Be There” in 1971, Michael continued to perform with the Jackson 5 for several more years before leaving the group to pursue a phenomenally successful career as a singer, songwriter, and performer.
Unidentified Artist
Tito Jackson, born 1953
Marlon David Jackson, born 1957
Michael Joseph Jackson, 29 Aug 1958 - 25 Jun 2009
Jackie Jackson, born 1951
Jermaine Lajaune Jackson, born 1954
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ann M. Shumard
Gelatin silver print
Image: 16.7 × 21.8 cm (6 9/16 × 8 9/16")
Sheet: 17.8 × 22.7 cm (7 × 8 15/16")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Object number
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Michael Joseph Jackson: Male
Michael Joseph Jackson: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Marlon David Jackson: Male
Jackie Jackson: Male
Tito Jackson: Male
Jermaine Lajaune Jackson: Male
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles