1968

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January 31, 1968 : The Jackson 5 release their first single ever “Big Boy” which is premiered on a local radio station called WWCA.

Later the group records a second single for Steeltown “You Don’t Have To be 21 (To Fall In Love)/Jam Session which is not released.

The Jackson 5 Club & Theatre Tour 1968

14 February Apollo Theater New York, NY Super Dog Finals Amateur Night
6 April Guys & Gals Club Chicago, IL
13 April Guys & Gals Club Chicago, IL
27 April Guys & Gals Club Chicago, IL
4 May Guys & Gals Club Chicago, IL
11 May Guys & Gals Club Chicago, IL
24 May Apollo Theater New York, NY Etta James headlining
25 May Apollo Theater New York, NY Etta James headlining
26 May Apollo Theater New York, NY Etta James headlining
27 May Apollo Theater New York, NY Etta James headlining
28 May Apollo Theater New York, NY Etta James headlining
29 May Apollo Theater New York, NY Etta James headlining
30 May Apollo Theater New York, NY Etta James headlining
31 May Capitol Theater Chicago, IL J5 participate in fund raiser for a youth center some time during this week
1 June Capitol Theater Chicago, IL
2 June Capitol Theater Chicago, IL
3 June Capitol Theater Chicago, IL
4 June Capitol Theater Chicago, IL
5 June Capitol Theater Chicago, IL
6 June Capitol Theater Chicago, IL
12 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
13 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
14 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
15 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
16 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
17 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
18 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
19 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
20 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
21 July Regal Theater Chicago, IL Battle of the Groups
10 August Central Park Theater Chicago, IL Jerry Butler headlining; shows at 2:00, 6:00 and 10:00 pm
11 August Central Park Theater Chicago, IL Jerry Butler headlining; shows at 2:00, 6:00 and 10:00 pm
11 August Guys and Gals Club Chicago, IL show at 11.30 pm
6 October Guys and Gals Club Chicago, IL
13 October Guys and Gals Club Chicago, IL
1 November High Chaparral Lounge Chicago, IL Marshall and the Chi-Lites headlining
21 December High Chaparral Lounge Chicago, IL
22 December High Chaparral Lounge Chicago, IL
23 December High Chaparral Lounge Chicago, IL
29 December Apollo Theater New York, NY Sam & Dave headlining
30 December Apollo Theater New York, NY Sam & Dave headlining
31 December Apollo Theater New York, NY Sam & Dave headlining
1 January Apollo Theater New York, NY Sam & Dave headlining
2 January Apollo Theater New York, NY Sam & Dave headlining

 

March 1968 : The Jackson 5 make their first ever commercial photoshoot for Steeltown Records.
April 1968: The J5 perform at a campaign rally for Richard Hatcher in Gary with Bobby Taylor and Diana Ross & The Supremes amoung others.

May 1968 : The J5 perform at the Apollo Theater in NYC.
July 17, 1968 : The J5 are the opening act for Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers at the Regal Theater in Chicago . The group is invited to perform on the David Frost Show in New York but Joe cancels their TV debut when Bobby Taylor asks them to come to a Detroit studio to make an auditon for Motown!

July 23, 1968 : The J5 give an audition to Motown at the Hittsville Studio in Detroit and the videotape is sent to Berry Gordy. They meet Suzanne De Passe and Ralph Seltzer.

September 27, 1968 : The J5 perform at a benefit concert at Gilroy Stadium in Gary.

November 30, 1968 : While the Jackson 5 perform at the Regal Theater in Chicago, their sister Rebbie gets married to Nathaniel Brown at the Kingdom Hall of Gary (on month later they move to Kentucky)

Christmas 1968 : Berry Gordy invites the Jackson 5 to perform at his house in Detroit.

They meet Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and the Four Tops!

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