LaToya’s Early Years : 1956-1979

May 29, 1956 : Katherine gives birth to LaToya Yvonne Jackson.

March 12, 1957 : Katherine gives birth to baby twins Marlon & Brandon Jackson but Brandon dies eight hours later.

August 29, 1958 : Katherine gives birth to Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary Indiana.

October 29, 1961 : Katherine gives birth to Steven Randall Jackson (Randy).

May 16, 1966 : Katherine gives birth to Janet Damito Jo Jackson 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. One month later they move to Kentucky. LaToya, aged 12, attends the ceremony.

July 1969 : Motown headquarters move from Detroit to California and so do the J5! Joe, Tito, Jack Richardson, drummer Johnny Jackson & keyboards players Ronny Rancifer drive to Los Angeles while Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon & Michael fly out a few days later. The group is accommodated at the Motel Tropicana on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Katherine remains in Gary with LaToya, Randy and Janet.

November, 1969 : Katherine, LaToya, Janet & Randy join Joe and the Jackson 5 in California and the whole family moves into a house rented by Motown on 1601 Queen Roads in Los Angeles.

The family celebrates their new life by driving up to San Francisco for the weekend.

November 1970 : The Jackson family moves in a new house rented by Motown at
Bowmont Drive, in Beverly Hills.

May 5, 1971 : The Jackson family moves into a new house that they just purchased in Encino, they call their new home Hayvenhurst. They share 6 rooms  : Katherine/Joe, Jackie/Randy Rancifer, Tito/Johnny Jackson, Jermaine/Marlon, Michael/Randy, LaToya/Janet).

May 6, 1971 : Rebbie gives birth to a baby girl named Stacee Brown.

September 24, 1971 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Life magazine with Katherine & Joe. The photoshoot took place at Hayvenhurst and features Rebbie, baby Stacee, LaToya & 5 years old Janet.

June 17, 1972 : Tito leaves Hayvenhurst and gets married to Delores “Dee Dee” Martes in LA. The whole family attends the wedding including Michael, LaToya & Janet.

March 9, 1973 : Katherine files for divorce after finding out about Joe’s affair but she withdraws her demand a couple of months later.

August 4, 1973 : Dee Dee gives birth to Toriano Jackson 2 (Taj), Tito’s first son and Katherine and Joe’s first grandson.

December 15, 1973 : Jermaine leaves Hayvenhurst and gets married to Hazel Gordy, daughter of Berry Gordy. The whole family attends the wedding including Michael, LaToya & Janet.

April 7 + 9 +10 +11 +12+13+14+15+16+17+18+19+20+21+22+23, 1974 : Joe Jackson arranges for the whole family , including sisters Rebbie, LaToya & Janet to perform twice a day a family show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas ( Nevada ). Katherine attends every shows.

April 26+27+28, 1974 : The Jackson family moves their cabaret set to the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.

August 1974 : The Jackson family is on the cover of Jet Magazine including Rebbie, LaToya & Janet.

August 21+22+23+24+25+26+27+28+30+31 +September 1+2+3, 1974 : The Jackson family return to the MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas for another series of shows.

August 30, 1974 : Cheryl Terrel, Joe’s lover, gives birth to a baby girl named Joh’ Vonnie.

October 4+5+6, 1974 : New series of family shows at the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.

November 20+21+22+23+24+25+26+27+28+29+30+31 + December 1+2+3, 1974 : Last series of family shows at the MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas.

November 24, 1974 : Jackie gets married to Enid Spann in Las Vegas. Soon after he leaves Hayvenhurst to move in hIs own place with Enid.

December 1974 : The whole Jackson family is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

January 28, 1975 : Concert in Mexico City, Mexico (unknown venue). Katherine, Janet & LaToya attend the concert.

April 9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+17+18, 1975 : The Jackson family goes back to MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for a last series of shows.

June 30, 1975 : Joe Jackson calls a press conference at the Rainbow Grill in Manhattan with the whole family, except Jermaine, to announce that the Jackson 5 are leaving Motown for CBS Epic Records. Jermaine is officially replaced by Randy.

August 8, 1975 : Dee Dee gives birth to Taryll Jackson.

August 16, 1975 : Marlon gets married to Carol Ann Parker.

1976

June 16 : CBS airs the first episode of The Jacksons Variety Show. The show based on their Las Vegas set features The Jacksons + The Jackson Sisters (Rebbie, LaToya & Janet).  Special guest star : Sonny Bono. Songs performed :”Forever Came Today”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, “More Than You Know”/”Am I Blue?”/”For Once in My Life”/ “Try a Little Tenderness”, “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”, “Dancing Machine”.

June 23 : CBS airs the 2nd episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Mackenzie Phillips. Songs performed : “(You Were Made) Especially For Me”,
“Do The Fonz”, “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll”/”Deep Purple”Convoy”, “Junkfood Junkie”, “Ben”, “Goin’ Back to Indiana”.

June 24 : The Jacksons are on the cover of Jet Magazine including Rebbie, LaToya & Janet.

June 30 : CBS airs the 3rd episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Ed McMahon. Songs performed :”Rockin’ Robin”, “Flat Foot Floogie”, “World of Sunshine”, “Save The Bones for Henry Jones”, “The Love You Save”.

July 7 : CBS airs the 4th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Joey Bishop. Songs performed :”ABC” “Fever”, “I Got You Babe”,”Down by the Old Mill Stream”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”.

November 5 : The Jacksons are on the cover of Rock & Soul Magazine including Rebbie, LaToya & Janet.

December 18 : Birth of Valencia Jackson, first child of Marlon & Valencia.

1977

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.

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 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 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

1978

Early January : Michael & LaToya leave NYC and go back to Hayvenhurst.

June 16 : Birth of Autumn Jackson, second child of Jermaine & Hazel.

July 7 : LaToya & Janet make a photoshoot together.

July 16 : Dee Dee gives birth to Tito Jackson Jr (TJ).

October 25: LaToya attends the premiere & opening night party of  “The Wiz” at the Pitt’s Century Plaza Theater in Century City (Los Angeles) with Katherine, Joe, Janet & Michael & Diana Ross among others.

1979

July 1 : Mayor Tom Bradley declares “Jackson Day” in Los Angeles in honour of the group achievements. Some 300 guests attend a party in the City National Bank Vault in Beverly Hills including Katherine, LaToya & Janet.

Next era : The Golden years : 1980-1986

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