The Jackson 5 Gigs 1965-1969

1969

1965

August 29, 1965 : The Jackson Brothers are renamed the Jackson 5 during their first ever public performance at children fashion show “Tiny Tots Jamboree” at Big Top Department Store, Gary, where they perform “Doin The Jerk”.

1966

August 20, 1966 : While spending some days at their grandfather’s in Arizona, the Jackson 5 perform at Winslow’s Elks Lodge.

1967

The Jackson 5 win first prize in an amateur talent show at Gary ‘s Memorial Auditorium.
Joe enters the group in the Sunday Night Amateur Talent show at the Regal Theater in Chicago where they become three times winner and also win the Multiple Winners Super Talent show and are placed on the same bill as top R&B act of the year, Gladys Knight & The Pips.

March 22, 1967 : Michael makes his first ever solo public performance during a concert at the  James Garnett Elementary School in Gary. He performs “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound Of Music. Katherine, Joe and Joe’s father Samuel Jackson attend the show.

July 13, 1967 : The Jackson 5 make their first professionnal recording at the George & Ernie Leaner Studio for One-derful Records in Chicago. They record the song “I’m A Big Boy Now” but they do not sign any record deal. This recording session is found 42 years later in 2009 and released in 2014.

August 13, 1967 : The J5 are enter straight into the “Super Dogs” final at Harlem ‘s legendary Apollo Theater in NYC and they win it! They come back as paid performers and Michael, backstage, gets to watch and study his favourite performers James Brown & Jackie Wilson.

New York lawyer, Richard Arons, helps Joe to book gigs in several cities ( Saint Louis , Philadelphia, Kansas City & Washington).

1968

February 14 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Super Dog Finals Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in New York City, NY.

April 1968: The J5 perform at a campaign rally for Richard Hatcher in Gary with Bobby Taylor and Diana Ross & The Supremes amoung others.

April 6 + 13 + 27 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Guys & Gals Club in Chicago, IL.

April 26 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Thomas Edison High School, Gary, IN.

May 4 + May 11 :  The Jackson 5 perform at the Guys & Gals Club in Chicago, IL.

May 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Apollo Theater in New York City (Etta James headlining).

May 31 + June 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6  : The Jackson 5 perform at the Capitol Theater in Chicago

July 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Regal Theater in Chicago, IL as part of the Battle of the Groups. On July 17, they 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.

August 10 + 11 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Central Park Theater in Chicago, IL with Jerry Butler headlining; (shows at 2:00, 6:00 and 10:00 pm).

August 11 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Guys and Gals Club in Chicago (show at 11.30 pm).

August 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18 + 19 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Regal Theater in Chicago.

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

October 6 + 13 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Guys and Gals Club in Chicago.

November 1 : The Jackson 5 perform at the High Chaparral Lounge in Chicago (Marshall and the Chi-Lites headlining).

November 17 : The Jackson 5 perform at the American Legion Hall, Hammond.

November 30 : 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. One month later they move to Kentucky.

December 21 + 22 + 23 : The Jackson 5 perform at the High Chaparral Lounge in Chicago.

December 24/25 : 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!

December 29 + 30 + 31 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Apollo Theater in New York City (Sam & Dave headlining).

1969

January 1 + 2 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Apollo Theater in New York City (Sam & Dave headlining).

March 7 + 8 + 9 : The Jackson 5 perform at the High Chaparral Lounge in Chicago.

April 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 + May 1 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Met Theater in Chicago (Delfonics headlining).

May 4 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Guys and Gals Club in Chicago.

May 9 + 10 + 11 : The Jackson 5 perform at the High Chaparral Lounge in Chicago.

June 20 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Apollo Theater in New York City sharing a bill with Joe Simon and The Five Stairsteps.

July 11 + 12 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Guys and Gals Club in Chicago (shows at 11:30 pm and 2:00 am).

August 11: Diana Ross invites the media to meet the Jackson 5 at a private showcase at Daisy’s Disco 326 Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Michael meets Bob Jones, a Motown PR who will prove significant in his solo career.

August 16 : The Jackson 5 perform at The Forum Los Angeles, CA as opening act for Diana Ross and the Supremes.

August 22 : In their first nationally TV appearance, The Jackson 5 perform “It’s Your Thing” at the Miss Black America Pageant in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

August 30 : The Jackson 5 perform Gilroy Stadium in Gary as part of Gary’s festival.

Commercial release

None of the concerts was officially released on VHS/DVD.

TV/Bottlegs/You Tube :

None of the concert aired on TV.

Next tour ; The Jackson 5 on tour 1970-1976

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