Jermaine Jackson was an American musician signed to Motown as part of The Jackson Five initially and then as a solo artist, in the late 1960s through to the early 1980s.
He was the fourth child in the Jackson Family. After the group signed with Motown in 1969, he provided co-lead vocals on some of their biggest hits. When they left Motown for Epic Records, Jermaine stayed at Motown, citing loyalty to the company as his reason. (Although he was also married to Berry Gordy‘s daughter, Hazel). He had already begun his solo career when still a part of The Jackson Five, and continued to record when they left throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s.
He collaborated with brother Michael Jackson on several occasions, notably on Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me”. Jermaine also acted as the producer for the Motown band Switch (which featured Bobby and Tommy DeBarge; Bobby would later join the group DeBarge).
He left Motown in 1983 and reunited with The Jackson Five (now renamed as “The Jacksons”) for their last two albums, and on several reunion tours. He continued his successful solo career throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s and remaines active today.
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