Joe Jackson hires the management team of Freddy DeMann & Ron Weisner as partners in managing The Jacksons

January  : The Jacksons are guests on Mike Douglas show where they perform “Enjoy Yourself’, “Dreamer’ & “Show You The Way To Go”.

Janet makes a photoshoot at Hayvenhurst.

January 6 : The single “Show You The Way To Go” is released by Epic and peaks at 28 on Hot 100 Billboard.

January 19 : CBS airs the 5th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Redd Foxx. Songs performed : “Enjoy Yourself”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”/”Puttin’ on the Ritz”, “Blues Away”, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means You’re Grand)”, “Keep on Dancing”.

January 26 : CBS airs the 6th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Carroll O’Connor. Songs performed : “Hum Along and Dance”,”Get Happy”/”I Got Rhythm”
“I Got You Babe”, “Coconut”,”I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart”/”Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”/”Caravan”/”Take the “A” Train”, “Show You the Way to Go”.

January 27 : Birth of Jermaine Jackson Jr (Jay) : First child of Jermaine & Hazel.

January 31: The Jacksons perform “Good Times” at The American Music Awards.

Janet presents an award as Mae West.

February 2 : CBS airs the 7th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Dom DeLuise/
George Miller/Muhammad Ali. Songs performed : “Moving Violation”,”On the Wall” “That’s the Way (I Like It)”, “Style of Life”, “Steppin’ Out”, “Hello, Dolly!”, “Life of the Party”.

February 8 : The Jacksons perform “Show You The Way To Go” on the Mike Douglas Show.

February 9 : CBS airs the 8th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Betty White. Songs performed : “Get It Together”, “On The Wall”, “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, “Dreamer”, “Opus No. 1”, “Just a Little Bit of You”.

February 16 : CBS airs the 9th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Georgia Engel/David Letterman. Songs performed : “Sugar Daddy”, “On The Wall”,”Cisco Kid”/”I Shot the Sheriff”,”One”, “Ben”, “I Am Love”.

February 19: The Jacksons present an award to Nathalie Cole at the Grammy Awards.

February 23 : CBS airs the 10th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars :John Byner/
Nicholas Brothers. Songs performed : “What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You”
“On the Wall”,”Midnight at the Oasis”,”Get Ready”,”Good Times” “I Can’t Quit Your Love”.

March: Michael is on the cover of Rock & Soul Magazine.

March 2 : CBS airs the 11th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Lynda Carter. Songs performed “Think Happy”, “On The Wall”, “On the Good Ship Lollipop”, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”,”Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, “Living Together”, “I’ll Be There”.

March 9 : CBS airs the 12th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Tim Conway/David Letterman. Songs performed : “Dancing Machine”, “On the Wall”
“Behind Closed Doors”, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”, “I’m Going To Jackson”, “Flat Foot Floogie”,”World of Sunshine”,”Body Language.

April 10 : The Jacksons perform a concert at Uniondale’s “Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum” during “The Jacksons’ Tour”. While no footage of the tour has ever surfaced, a press article published the day after mentionned that Stevie Wonder was on stage that night.

May: The Jacksons tour Europe with concerts in London , Paris, Bremen , Amsterdam and Glasgow & Paris.

While in Europe , The Jacksons perform “Keep On Dancing” on Top à Joe Dassin in Paris.

They also perform “Enjoy Yourself” &  “Show You The way To Go” on Top Of The Pops in London and “Enjoy Yourself”,  “Show You The Way To Go” , “Dreamer” & Keep On Dancing on Musikladen in Bremen.

May 17 : The Jacksons perform at the Kings Theatre as part of the Royal Command Performance celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

The groups gets to meet Queen Elizabeth for the second time.

May 24 : The Jacksons perform a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

They do a photoshoot all around London with photographer Tom Sheehan.

June : The Jackson go back to Sigma Sound Studios in Philidalphia to start recording their new album with Gamble & Huff.

June 20: Michael attends a Studio 54 party for the stage show Beatlesmania in New York City.

June 29 : Birth of Sigmund Esco Jackson Jr (Siggy) : First child of Jackie & Enid.

July 4: During an outing to Coney Island while visiting Jermaine’s home, Michael suffers an attack of pneumothorax and is rushed to the hospital.

Mid July: Michael and LaToya move to a condo in Manhattan’s Sutton Place. Michael is in NYC to rehearse and film his first movie The Wiz, a black remake of The Wizard Of Oz. Michael got the part of the Scarecrow opposite good friend Diana Ross as Dorothy and Richard Pryor as The Wiz. The film is directed by Sydney Lumet.

July 16: On the first day of rehearsal, Michael meets the musical director Quincy Jones (that he has already seen in 1972 at Sammy Davis Jr’s home)

August: Michael goes to the famous club Studio 54 in New York with LaToya & Janet. He meets a lot of people like Liza Minelli, Stephanie Mills, Tatum O’Neil or Andy Warhol.

August 16: Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine.

August 24: Michael attends the Carter Burden party hosted by Woody Allen in NYC.

August 26: Michael attends the RFK pro-celebrity tennis tournament party with Mohamed Ali.

September: Michael is on the cover of Soul Magazine.

September 21 : Janet makes her acting debut on CBS’s hit sitcom “Good Times” as Penny Gordon Woods.

She joins the cast at the start of season 5 and will appear in all 24 episodes of the season.

September 28: Universal Pictures holds a press conference at Astoria Studios in Queens ( New York ) to announce the making of The Wiz. Michael attends the event with Diana Ross, Nipsey Russel and Ted Ross.

October 3-December 30 : Filming of The Wiz at the Astoria Studios and on location in New York.

October 05 : Birth of Yashi Brown : Second child of Rebbie & Nathaniel.

October 8 : The album “Goin’ Places” is released by Epic

October 21 : The single “Goin’ Places” is released by Epic and peaks at 52 on Hot 100 Billboard.

October 25: The cast of The Wiz hold a party in Michael’s honour at the Studio 54.

November: Michael is on the cover of Rock & Soul Magazine.

The Jacksons creates music videos to promote songs from their “Goin’ Places” album :

The “Even Though You’re Gone” music video features the band members sitting (Michael separated from the rest of the group) singing the song. The video features The Jacksons wearing blue tuxedos.

The “Goin’ Places” music video has the members of the band switching from a live performance to them traveling in many different ways.

November 4: Michael attends Andre Mc Andrie ‘s birthday party in NYC.

November 17 : Michael & Janet go shopping  at Barney’s clothing store in NYC.

December: Michael & Joe go to a meeting with Ron Alexenburg, President of Epic Records to ask for complete artistic freedom for the next Jacksons ’ album. Alexenburg agrees, appointing two executive producers, Bobby Colombus and Mike Atkinson.

December 31: Michael spends New Year’ s eve at the Studio 54 with Liza Minelli among others.


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