January : The Jackson 5 tour the West Indies .
January 16: The album “Forever Michael” & the single “We’re Almost There” are released by Motown.
January 25: The Jackson 5 perform “Life Of The Party” on the Carol Burnett Show.
February 6/7/8/9/10/11/12 : The Jackson 5 are in concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
February 15 : The Jackson 5 share the stage with Bob Marley & the Wailers at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
February 17: Jackie & Enid are on the cover of Jet Magazine
February 18 : Michael accepts an award on behalf of Diana Ross at the American Music Awards and he also presents an award with Janet to Gladys Knight & The Pips.
March 16: The Jackson 5 appear on the Cher TV show. They are introduced by Janet and they perform “I Am Love” + a skit called “The World Is a Mess” and finally Cher joins the group to perform a medley of “I Want You Back”/”I’ll Be There”/”Never Can Say Goodbye”/”The Love You Save”/”Dancing Machine”.
April 9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18 : The Jackson 5 go back to MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for a last series of shows.
May 14 : Michael and Bery Gordy have a private meeting at Berry’s Bel Air estate.
May 15 : “Moving Violation” is the last album of the Jackson 5 released by Motown. The group complains about royalty payments and lack of artistic control. They decide not to renew their contract and Joe negociates with CBS Epic Records to sign a new recording contract but Jermaine disagrees…
June : “Forever Came Today” is the last official single of the Jackson 5 released by Motown.
“Just A Little Bit Of You” is the last official single of Michael Jackson released by Motown.
June 11 : Concert in Chicago (Illinois)
June 16 : The Jackson 5 performs “Moving Violation” on the Dinah Show (they are introduced by Janet)
June 28 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine”, “Moving Violation” & “Just A Little Bit Of You” (by Michael) on American Bandstand.
June 30 : Joe Jackson calls a press conference at the Rainbow Grill in Manhattan with the whole family but Jermaine to announce that the Jackson are leaving Motown for CBS Epic Records. Jermaine is officially replaced by Randy.
June 30/31 + July 1/2/3/4/5 : Concerts at the Nanuet Star Theater Nanuet, NY United States
July : The Jackson 5 perform “Forever Came Today” & “Body Language” on the Carol Burnett Show without Jermaine!
July 3 : Randy & Janet are on the cover of Jet Magazine.
July 6 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Music Fair in Westbury (Long Island)
August 8 : Dee Dee gives birth to Taryll Jackson.
August 16 : Marlon gets married to Carol Ann Parker.
August 28 : The Best Of Michael Jackson is released by Motown.
September 1 : Concert at the Mount Vernon Memorial Stadium in Mount Vernon, New York.
October 5 : The J5 perform “Forever Came Today”, “All I Do Is Think Of You”, “One Day In Your Life”, “Just A Little Bit Of You” & “We’ve Got Forever” on the Soul Train Show.
November 5 : Issued as a B-side to “Forever Came Today”, on the pop charts, airplay of “All I Do Is Think Of You” was so massive on the urban side that the song was charted also eventually peaking at number fifty on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The 45 single is issued by Motown. It is the final charted single issued as The Jackson 5 before the group leaves Motown for CBS.
November 20: Tito, Dee Dee, Taj & Taryll are on the cover of Jet Magazine.
December: Concerts in Manila (Philippines) & Mexico City (Mexico).
Katherine, Janet & LaToya attend the concert in Mexico City.