January 4 : Concert at the Capitol Center in Landover.
January 5 : The Jackson 5 perform “Get It Together” & “Dancing Machine” on the Bob Hope Special.
January 10 : One More Chance, a Jackson 5 TV Special is aired on CBS. The group performs “Get It Together” + a medley of “I Want You Back”/”ABC”/”I’ll Be There”/”Ben”/”Daddy’s Home”/”Never Can Say Goodbye”/”The Love You Save” and another medley “Up a Lazy River”/”Opus One” (with the Mills Brothers)
January 29 : The Jackson 5 fly from New York to Dakar, Senegal, for their first African tour with Joe, Rose Fine, Mamadou Johnny Secka and several reporters invited to a press trip to cover the tour.
Upon arriving at Yoff airport in Senegal, they are greeted by 35-40 drummers and dancers then hold a press conference with Senegalise radio and the national newspaper Le Soleil.
During their stay, they receive an award for the Organisation for African Unity and they visit Goree Island.
They announce to reporters their plans to shoot a film entitled “Isomin Cross & Sons” in the spring in Arizona which tells of a family crossing the U.S in 1860 and the problems they encounter. “It is something that we are helping to create with Raymond St. Jacques who plays our father in the movie. We are also doing the music” says Jackie.
January 30 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine”on the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (taped earlier).
February 1 : Concert at the Demba Diop Stadium Dakar Senegal.The show opens with “Get It Together”. After a technical incident, the group leaves the stage but comes back when the issue is fixed.
February 2 + 3 : Concerts at the Theatre National Daniel Sorano in Dakar, Senegal.
February 19 : Michael appears at the first annual American Music Awards to present awards with Donny Osmond to The Temptations and with Donny Osmond, Ricky Segal and Ricky Allen to the Carpenters.
The single “Dancing Machine” is released by Motown.
February 22: Concert at the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show 1974 in Houston.
March : The Jackson 5 appear on the cover of Blues & Soul with a feature on their African trip.
March 2 : The Jackson 5 present an award to Gladys Knight & The Pips during the Grammy Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
March 7 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Jet Magazine.
March 11 : Michael sings “When I Grow Up” with Roberta Flack on the Free To Be… You and Me TV show.
March 12 : The Jackson 5 (+ Randy) are on the cover of Blues & Soul magazine with a coverstory on their recent tour in Africa by reporter Kwame Brathwaite.
March 16 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” & “This Old Man”/”ABC” on the Carol Burnett Show. The show is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.
April 3 : The Jackson 5 perform “It’s Too Late To Change the Time” & “Dancing Machine” on the Mike Douglas Show taped in Philadelphia.
April 4 : The Jackson 5 perform “Let It Be”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” & “Dancing Machine” on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson taped in Burbank.
April 9 +10 +11 +12+13+14+15+16+17+18+19+20+21+22+23 : Joe Jackson arranges for the whole family , including sisters Rebbie, LaToya & Janet to perform twice a day a family show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas ( Nevada ). Katherine attends every shows.
April 9 : The Jackson 5 perform “It’s Too Late To Change The Time” & “Dancing Machine” on the Merv Griffin Show.
April 10 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back”/”ABC” on “Sandy in Disneyland” TV special.
April 26+27+28 : The Jackson family moves their cabaret set to the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.
May : Michael and his brother record background vocals for Stevie Wonder’s song “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” at the Record Plant studios in Hollywood.
May 13 : Concert at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC.
May 27 + June 2 : Concerts at the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.
June 6 : Concert at the Forum in Inglewood. Most of the Jackson family and friends attend the show.
June 14 + 15 : Concerts in London (unknown venue).
June 16 : Concert in Manchester (unknown venue).
June 19 : Concert at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
June 22 : Concert at the Forum in Inglewood. Most of the Jackson family and friends attend the show.
June 24+25+26+27+28+29+30 : Concerts at the Mill Run Playhouse in Niles.
July 8+9+10+11+12+13+14 : Concerts at the Circle Star Theatre in San Carlos.
July 15 : Concert at the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburg.
July 16 : Concert at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton Township.
July 19 : Concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.
July 20 : Concert at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton Township.
July 21 : Concert at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond.
July 26 : Concert at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo.
July 27 : Concerts at the Madison Square Garden of New York City.
July 29+30+31 + August 1+2+3+4 : Concerts at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights.
August : The Jackson family is on the cover of Jet Magazine.
August 6 : Concert at the Propst Arena in Huntsville.
August 7 : Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.
August 10 : Concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.
August 11 : Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City
August 16 : Concert at the Civic Center in St. Paul.
August 17 : The Jackson 5 perform at the World Expo in Spokane.
August 19: The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” & a medley of “Killing Me Softly with his song”/”By The Time I Get To Phoenix”/”Danny Boy” on the Tonight Show with Bill Cosby taped in Burbank.
August 21+22+23+24+25+26+27+28+30+31 +September 1+2+3 : The Jackson family return to the MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas for another series of shows.
Even though Michael doesn’t celebrate birthdays as a Jeovah’s Witness he is presented with a birthday cake for his 16th birthday.
August 27 , 1974: The Jackson 5 perform “It’s Too Late To Change the World” and “Dancing Machine” on the Merv Griffin Show. Janet makes her TV debut and performs with Randy a Sonny & Cher skit (taped earlier in Los Angeles).
August 30 : Cheryl Terrel, Joe’s lover, gives birth to a baby girl named Joh’ Vonnie.
September : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
September 5 : The album “Dancing Machine” is released by Motown.
September 13 + 14 : Concerts at the Pavilhão de Exposições do Anhembi in São Paulo, Brazil.
September 17 : Concert at the Gigantinho in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
September 19 : Concert at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
September 20 : Concerts at the Estádio Independência in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
September 22 : Concert at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasília, Brazil.
The Jackson 5 perform “Life Of The Party” on the Sonny Comedy Revue.
October: The single “Whatever You Got I Want” is released by Motown.
October 4+5+6: New series of family shows at the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.
October 5 : Michael performs “Whatever You Got I Want”, “What You Don’t Know” & “If I Don’t Love You This Way” on the Soul Train Show taped in Los Angeles (aired on October 19).
October 11+12 : Concerts in Panama City, Panama.
November 3 : Concert at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland.
November 15 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” & “It’s Too Late To Change The World” on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (taped in Burbank).
November 20+21+22+23+24+25+26+27+28+29+30+31 + December 1+2+3 : Last series of family shows at the MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas. Backstage, Michael meets Elvis Presley & his daughter Lisa Marie.
November 24 : Jackie gets married to Enid Spann in Las Vegas. Soon after he leaves Hayvenhurst to move in hos own place with Enid.
November 28 : The Jackson 5 raise money for Muscular Dystrophy on the annual MDA telethon, hosted by Jerry Lewis.
December : The single “I Am Love” is released by Motown.
The whole Jackson family is on the cover of Ebony magazine.
Janet attends the 46th annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood, California.