Michael spends several weeks in New Hampshire on the set of On Golden Pond visiting his friend Jane Fonda and while there he forms friendships with the movie’s other stars Henry Fonda & Katherine Hepburn.
Bill Bray hires a new bodyguard names Wayne Nagin who will go on working for Michael until 2000!
John Branca becomes Michael’s attorney.
Michael performs Rock With You & Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough at a UNICEF benefit concert.
Randy leaves Hayvenhurst and moves in with his girlfriend Julie Mijares.
Michael’s interview with Sylvia Chase from december 1979 is aired on ABC’s 20/20 and features live sequences from the Destiny Tour.
Michael performs When You Wish Upon A Star and Ease On Down The Road in Disneyland for a Disney Channel Special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom
- January 11/12/13 :
The Jacksons perform 3 concerts in Honolulu.
- January 18:
Michael attends The American Music Awards where he receives three awards for Off The Wall and he presents one to the Bee Gees.
- January 27:
Michael attends the NAACP Awards where The Jacksons receive the Image Award for best singing group of the year.
Epic releases the single Off The Wall (n°10)
- February 4 :
Randy is seriously injured in a car crash in Hollywood, California. He almost looses a leg but after 6 months and 7 operations, he finally manages to walk again..
- February 27:
Michael boycotts the Grammy Awards because Off The Wall was not nominated for best album of the year. He watches the ceremony at home with Katherine, Janet & LaToya. He wins his first Grammy but vows that his next album won’t be ignored…
Michael is on the cover of Melody Maker with an exclusive interview.
Epic releases the 4th single from Off The Wall titled She’s Out Of My Life (n°10). Michael shoots a video for the song directed by Bruce Gowers.
Michael becomes the first solo artist in to chart four top 10 singles from the same album!
Dave Mason’s album including the song Save Me featuring Michael on backing vocals is released.
- June 24 :
Latoya’s first album titled “LaToya Jackson” is released by by Polydor.
Janet is one of seven people credited with providing handclaps on LaToya’s track “If You Feel The Funk”. She also co-writes the song “Lovely Is She” with LaToya.
Epic releases the single Girlfriend (written by Paul Mac Cartney) only in .
- July 31:
Michael is on the cover of Jet magazine with sister LaToya.
“Love Lives Forever” by Minnie Riperton featuring I’m In Love Again in duet with Michael is released.
“Night Time Lover” by LaToya Jackson is released on Polydor. The song was written, composed and produced by Michael who also sings the background vocals. It’s the second single from her first album titled “LaToyaJackson”.
Epic releases Triumph, the new album of The Jacksons and Lovely One, their new single.
- September 3:
In recognition of their contribution to music , The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honour The Jacksons with a Star on Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk Of Fame”.
- September 5 :
The Jacksons perform a concert at the Honolulu International Center Arena in Honolulu.
5th leg : North America (last concerts of the Destiny World Tour)
September 5, 1980 Honolulu International Center
September 17, 1980 Inglewood The Forum
September 18, 1980 Inglewood The Forum
September 19, 1980 Inglewood The Forum
September 25, 1980 Inglewood The Forum
September 26, 1980 Inglewood The Forum
Michael appears in Gentleman’s Quaterly with a minor interview.
Hotter Than July by Stevie Wonder featuring the song All I Do with backing vocals by Michael is released on Motown.
- October 16 :
Katherine, Randy & Janet attack Gina Sprague, Joe’s personal assistant at Joe Jackson Productions.
- November 8 :
LaToya is a guest on the Soul Train Show.
Epic releases the single Heartbreak Hotel from the Triumph Album.
Janet joins the cast of “Diff’rent Strokes” sitcom on NBC. She plays the character of Charlene DuPrey in 10 episodes (one in season 3, five in season 4, two in season 5 & two in season 6)
- December 13 :
LaToya performs “Night Time Lover” and “If You Feel The Funk” on American Bandstand