The Motown Years : 1968-1976

1968

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

The Jackson 5 do some preliminary work in a Detroit studio with Bobby Taylor

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.

March 11 : The Jackson 5 officially sign with Motown Records. A dispute between Steeltown and Motown delayed its effect.

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 : 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.

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 : The group starts recording its first album with help from Motown producers Freddie Perren, Deke Richards & Fonce Mizell known as “The Corporation”. Suzanne De Passe, a young Motown executive becomes the group’s PR.

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.

October 7: “I want You Back”, the Jackson 5’s debut single is released by Motown and soon reaches the number 1 spot on Billboard hot 100 charts.

Michael moves to Diana Ross’s home and the two of them spend a great deal of time together.

October 18: Diana Ross & The Supremes introduce the Jackson 5 on ABC’s Hollywwod Palace Special where they perform “Sing A Simple Song”, “Can You Remember”, “I Want You Back” and “There Was A Time” (with Diana Ross & Sammy Davis Jr)

Katherine, LaToya, Randy & Janet watch it live from their home in Gary.

November : 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.

December 12:  Motown releases the Jackson 5 first album titled “Diana Ross presents the Jackson 5” (N°1)

December 14: In New York City, The Jackson 5 appear on The Ed Sullivan Show where they perform Stand, “Who’s Loving You” and “I Want You Back”. Diana Ross is in the audience and she takes credit for discovering them.

Later, the group performs “I Want You Back” on the Joey Bishop Show.

1970

January : The Jackson 5 receive their first Image Award from the NAACP for Best Singing Group of the year.

January 31 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back” on the Andy Williams Show.

February 21 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and a medley of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/There Was A Time” on American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.

February 24 : The single “ABC” is released (number 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard).

April : The J5 rehearse for their first concert tour.

May 2 : The J5 kick off their first national tour at the Civic Auditorium in Philadelphia.

May 8 : The album “ABC” is released and it becomes number 1 on Billboard 200.

May 10 : In New York CityThe Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

May 13 : The single “The Love You Save” is released and it peaks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

June 1 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Soul Magazine.

June 10 :The Jackson 5 perform The Love You Save & ABC on the Groovy Show TV program in Los Angeles.

June 19 : The J5 give a concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

June 20 : The J5 give a concert at the Forum in Inglewood before an audience of 18 000. At one point in the show, teenage girls invade the stage forcing the group to run for safety! Diana Ross & the Jackson family attend the show including Joe, Katherine and Michael’s grandparents.

August 6 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Jet magazine for the first time.

August 12 : The J5 give a concert at the Cobo Arena in Detroit.

August 28 : The single “I’ll Be There” is released and becomes the fourth consecutive number 1 single of the group on the Hot 100 Billboard which is a premiere in the industry!

August 30 : The J5 give a concert in San Francisco (Motown sales convention).

September 8 : The “Third Album” is released and becomes number 1 on the Billboard 200.

September 17 : The J5 perform “The Love You Save” & “I’ll Be There” at the Jim Nabors Show

October 9 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Boston Garden in Boston. They are accompanied by a private tutor, Rose Fine.

October 10 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Cincinnati Garden in Cincinnati.

October 11 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis.

October 15 : The “Jackson 5 Christmas Album” is released on Motown.

October 16 : The J5 give their first concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

October 17 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit.

October 18 : The Jackson 5 give two concerts at the Amphitheater in Chicago (3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m).

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

The single “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is released by Motown. –

November 22 : The J5 give a concert in Rochester Hills (Unknown Venue).

November 28 : The J5 give a concert at the War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester.

December 24 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Jet magaz

December 27 : The J5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Charlotte.

December 28 : The J5 give a concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.

December 29 : The J5 give a concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

December 30 : The J5 give a concert at the Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville.

1971

January : The Jackson 5 receive the NAACP’s Image Award for Best Singing Group Of The Year.

January 2 : The J5 give a concert at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Miami Beach.

January 3 : The J5 give a concert at the Civic Center in Mobile.

January 7 : The single “Mama’s Pearl” is released by Motown (it peaks at number 2 on the Hot 100 Billboard).

January 29 : The J5 give a concert at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton.

January 30 : The J5 give a concert at the St John Arena in Colombus.

January 31 : The Jackson 5 return to Gary for the first time to play two benefits concerts for for Mayor Richard Hatcher’s re-election campaign at Westside High School and they receive the key to the city. A ceremony is held outside their former home at 2300 Jackson Street. The event is filmed for a TV Special.

March 16 : Motown releases J5’s new single, “Never Can Say Goodbye” (it peaks at number 2 on the Hot 100 Billboard).

The Jackson 5 attend the Grammy Award Ceremony where ABC wins an award for Best Pop Song.

March 26 : The J5 give a concert in Fort Worth.

March 27 : The J5 give a concert at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport.

March 28: The J5 give a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.

March 29 : The Jackson 5 are guests on The Stephanie Edwards Show where they chat and listen to their new single “Never Can Say Goodbye”.

April : Michael appears on the covers of Rolling Stone Magazine and Soul Illustrated.

April 1 : The J5 give a concert at the Mid-South Auditorium in Memphis.

April 2 : The J5 give a concert at the Curtis Hixon Convention Hall in Tampa.

April 4 : The J5 give a concert at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

April 5 : The J5 give a concert in Monroe (Unknown Venue).

April 6 : The J5 give a concert in Monroe (Unknown Venue).

April 7 : The J5 give a concert at the Auditorium in Atlanta (two shows: 4:00 and 8:00 p.m).

April 9 : The J5 give a concert in Louisville (Unknown Venue).

April 10 : The J5 give a concert in Cleveland (Unknown Venue)

April 12 : The album “Maybe Tomorrow” is released by Motown.

April 18 : The Jackson 5 appear with Diana Ross on her first solo TV Special. They perform “Mama’s Pearl”/”Walk On”/”The Love You Save”, “It Was a Very Good Year” (Spoof by Michael), “I’ll Be There” and “Feelin’ Alright” (with Diana) + a sketch with Bill Cosby.

May 5 : 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 : Rebbie gives birth to a baby girl named Stacee Brown.

May 28 : The J5 give a concert at the Spectrum Theater in Philadelphia.

May 29 : The J5 give a concert at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis.

May 30 : The J5 give a concert at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

June : The single “Maybe Tomorrow” is released by Motown (it peaks at number 20 on the Hot 100 Billboard).

June 22 : The J5 give a concert at the Summerfest in Milwaukee.

July 9 : The J5 give a concert at the in Los Angeles (unknown venue).

July 16 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. The opening act is a new group named The Comodores with lead singer Lionel Richie.

A former Los Angeles police officer named Bill Bray is hired for security. He will eventually becomes Michael head of security and father figure until 1996.

July 17 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston.

July 18 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Hampton Roads Coliseum in Hampton.

July 20 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte.

July 21 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Toledo Sports Arena in Toledo.

July 23 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.

July 24 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati.

July 25 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit.

July 27 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit.

July 28 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

July 30 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.

July 31 :  The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore.

August 1 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the J.S. Dorton Arena in Raleigh.

August 2 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Macon Coliseum in Macon.

August 6 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Greensboro.

August 7 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

August 8 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Miami Beach.

August 10 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Curtis Hixon Convention Hall in Tampa.

August 11 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham.

August 13 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

August 14 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

August 15 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis.

August 17 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.

August 18 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Tulsa Assembly Center in Tulsa.

August 20 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Denver Coliseum in Denver.

August 21 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

August 22 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

August 28 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds in Columbus.

August 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

August 31 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada.

September : The Jackson 5 are on the covers of Life, Ebony & Cream magazines.

September 8 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington.

September 9 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit.

September 11 : An animated cartoon series based on The Jackson 5 debuts on ABC. Their speaking voices are not used but their songs are with “Mama’s Pearl” being the theme tune.

September 11 + 12 : The Jackson 5 give two concerts at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu.

September 15 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the International House in Chicago.

September 16 : “Goin’ Back To Indiana”, the Jackson 5 first TV Special is aired on ABC. The special includes the group performing their hits, acting in skits with guest Bill Cosby and the Smothers Brothers and footage of the celebration filmed in their hometown of Gary back in January.

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

September 26 : The Jackson 5 give a concert in Baltimore (unknown venue).

September 29 : The album “Goin’ Back To Indiana” is released by Motown.

October : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of the very first issue of Right On! Magazine.

October 7 : Motown releases Michael’s first ever solo single “Got To Be There”.

October 10 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Black Expo International Amphitheater in Chicago.

October 15 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.

November 14 : The Jackson 5 perform a medley of “I Want You Back”/”ABC”/”The Love You Save” + “Never Can Say Goodbye” on the Flip Wilson Show.

November 23 : The single “Sugar Daddy” is released by Motown (number 10 on the Hot 100 Billboard).

December 9 : Motown releases the first greatest hits of the Jackson 5.

December : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Right On!

December 24 : The Jackson 5 perform in Los Angeles (charity concert for the Foundation for the Junior Blind).

December 27 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston.

December 28 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the McFarlin Auditorium in University Park.

December 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton.

December 30 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond.

1972

Michael spends time visiting Diana Ross on the set of her movie Lady Sings The Blues

January : For the third consecutive year, The Jackson 5 receive the NAACP’s Image Award for Male Group Of The Year.

January 1 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

January 2 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Greenville.

January 5 : The Jackson 5 give a concert in Los Angeles (unknown avenue).

January 12 : The Jackson 5 headline the first annual Martin Luther King Birthday Commemoration at the City Auditorium in Atlanta.

January 24 : The album “Got To Be There” is released by Motown.

February : The single “Rockin Robin” is released by Motown.

February 12 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

March 1 : The Jackson 5 perform “Sugar Daddy”, “Got To Be There” & “Brand New Thing” (with Randy) at the Hellzapoppin’ TV Special.

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

March 26 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport.

March 27 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.

March 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Curtis Hixon Convention Hall in Tampa.

March 31 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

April : The single “Little Bitty Pretty One” is released by Motown.

April 1 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis.

April 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Indiana University Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

May 2 : The single “I Wanna Be Where You Are” is released by Motown.

May 23 : The album “Lookin’ Through The Windows” is released by Motown.

June 5 : Michael appears as the bachelor at The Dating Game TV show and chooses Latanya Simmons as bachelorette and he performs “Rockin Robin”.

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

June 23 : The single “Lookin’ Through The Windows” is released by Motown.

June 30 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

July 1 : ABC airs an episode of American Bandstand devoted to Michael. He performs “Rockin Robin”, “Ben”, “I Wanna Be Where You Are” and at the end he’s joined by the Jackson 5 to perform “Lookin’ Through The Windows”.

The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore.

July 2 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Scope in Norfolk.

July 7 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Richmond.

July 8 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Charlotte.

July 9 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Greensboro.

July 12 : “Ben”, the theme song for a film of the same name is released by Motown and becomes number 1. That’s How Love Goes (by Jermaine) is released.

July 14 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati.

July 15 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh.

July 16 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

July 18 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.

July 21 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh.

July 22 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Memorial Auditorium in Dallas.

July 23 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Houston.

July 24 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Memorial Auditorium in New Orleans.

July 29 + 30  : The Jackson 5 give two concerts at the Universal Amphitheater in Chicago.

August 4 : The album “Ben” is released by Motown.

The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Columbia.

August 5 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore.

August 6 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

August 7 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.

August 10 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

August 11 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah.

August 12 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Cole Field House in College Park.

August 13 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Civic Auditorium in Charleston.

August 14 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston.

August 17 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.

August 18 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

August 19 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

August 20 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

August 22 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Grandstand in Sedalia.

August 25 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

August 26 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Forum, Inglewood. Most of the Jackson family attend the show.

August 27 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego.

August 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu on Michael’s 14th birthday.

August 31 : Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine.

September 15 : The Jackson 5 perform “Lookin’ Through The Windows” and Michael performs “Ben” at the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

September 30 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the International Amphitheater in Chicago (PUSH Expo: Save the Children).

October : The single “Corner Of The Sky” is released by Motown.

October 5 : The Jackson 5 give a concert in Chicago (Unknown Venue).

October 7 : The Jackson 5 perform That’s How Love Goes, I Want You Back, Daddy’s Home, Lookin’ Through the Windows and Corner of the Sky on the Soul Train TV show.

October 26 : The Jackson 5 perform “Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing” and Jermaine performs “That’s How Love Goes” on the Flip Wilson Show at NBC Studios in Burbank.

Late October : The Jackson 5 arrive in London for their first tour in Europe.

October 30 : The Jackson 5 tape The Royal Variety Performance where they meet Queen Elizabeth. They perform I Want You Back, ABC, Rockin’ Robin, We Thank You, The Love You Save.

At night they perform their first concert in Europe at the Palladium in London.

October 31 : The Jackson 5 perform at Talk of the Town, London, England.

November 2 : The Jackson 5 give a concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

November 3 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Vorst Nationaal / Forest National in Vorst Forest, Belgium.

November 4 : In the US, Soul Train Show airs a Jackson Five special where they perform “I Want You Back”, “Lookin’ Through The Windows” & “Corner Of The Sky”. Jermaine performs “That’s How Love Goes” & “Daddy’s Home”. Michael performs “Ben”.

The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Circus Krone in Munich, Germany/

November 5 :  The Royal Variety Performance featuring the J5 is aired on the BBC.

The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Stadthalle in Osnabrück, Germany.

November 6 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Olympia in Paris, France. While in Paris, the group visits the Eiffel Tower & makes some shopping with Bill Bray.

November 9 : The Jackson 5 perform “Lookin’ Through The Windows” & “Rockin Robin” an british TV show Top Of The Pops.

The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Birmingham Odeon in Birmingham, England (two shows: 6:30 and 9:00 pm).

November 10 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Kings Hall at Belle Vue in Manchester, England.

November 11 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England.

November 12 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Wembley Empire Pool in London, England (two shows: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)

November 13 : The Jackson 5 fly back home to Los Angeles.

November 18 : The Jackson 5 perform at an NAACP fund-raising dinner in Hollywood.

December 2 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore.

December 23 : Michael appears at the Watts Christmas parade in Los Angeles.

December 24 : The Jackson 5 perform at an unknown venue in Los Angeles.

1973

January : Michael wins a Golden Globe Award for Ben.

January 10 : The Jackson 5 appear on the Dick Cavett Show.

February : The single “Hallelujah Day” is released by Motown.

March 2 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

March 3 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe.

March 4 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Rodeo & Livestock Show 1973 in Houston.

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

March 10 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Astrodome in Houston.

March 27 : Michael performs “Ben” at the Academy Awards (the song is nominated as best song for a film)

March 29 : The album “Skywriter” is released by Motown.

April 13 : The album “Music & Me” is released by Motown.

April 20 : The Jackson 5 arrive in Tokyo . While in Japan, they take time to visit Buddhist temples, art museums and the Oriental Gardens of the Takanawa Prince Hotel.

April 22 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.

April 27 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Teikoku Gekijou in Tokyo.

April 28 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Yuubin Chokin Hall in Hiroshima.

April 30 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Kousei Nenkin Kaikan in Osaka.

May 1 : The Jackson give a concert at the Festival Hall in Osaka.

May 2 : The Jackson give a concert at the Nippon Budokan, in Tokyo.

May 3 : The Jacksons 5 fly back home.

May 5 : The single “With A Child’s Heart” is released by Motown.

The Jackson give a concert at the Coliseum in Portland.

May 6 : The Jackson give a concert at the Center Coliseum in Seattle.

May 18 : The Jackson give a concert at the Spectrum Theater in Philadelphia.

May 19 : The Jackson give a concert at the Hara Arena in Dayton.

May 20 : The Jackson give a concert at the St. John Arena in Columbus.

June 22 : The Jackson 5 arrive in Brisbane . They are the first black group ever to tour in Australia.

June 23 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Festival Hall in Brisbane.

June 26 + 27 : The Jackson 5 give two concerts at the Festival Hall in Melbourne.

June 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Beatty Park Aquatic Centre in Perth.

June 30 + July 1 : The Jackson 5 give two concerts at the Apollo Entertainment Centre in Adelaide.

July 2 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.

July 4 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Christchurch Town Hall in Christchurch, New Zealand.

July 5 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Wellington Town Hall in Wellington, New Zealand.

July 6 : The Jackson 5 fly back home.

July 8 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Coliseum in Greensboro.

July 13 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Boston Garden in Boston.

July 14 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven.

July 15 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Providence Civic Center in Providence.

July 17 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

July 20 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.

July 21 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond.

July 22 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

July 24 + 25 : The Jackson 5 give two concert sat the International Amphitheater in Chicago.

July 27 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

July 27 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Olympia Stadium, Detroit.

July 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.

August : The single “Get It Together” is released by Motown.

August 3 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond.

August 4 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton.

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

August 5 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore.

August 6 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Soul Magazine.

August 7 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.

August 8 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

August 10 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

August 11 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Omni in Atlanta.

August 12 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach.

August 17 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis.

August 18 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

August 19 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

August 21 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.

August 22 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium in Dallas.

August 24 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

The single “Skywriter” is released in the UK only.

August 25 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center, in Fresno.

August 26 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Forum in Inglewood. Most of the Jackson family and friends attend the show.

August 28 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Suffolk Downs in Boston.

August 29 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Autostade in Montreal, Canada (on Michael’s 15th birthday).

August 31 : The Jackson 5 give a concert at the Expo Center and State Fairgrounds in Columbus.

September 2 : The Jackson 5 end their summer tour with a concert at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu.

September 9 : The Jackson family hosts a party at Hayvenhurst. Private home movie shows Michael holding his nephew Taj.

September 12 : The album “Get It Together is” released by Motown.

October : The single “Music And Me” is released by Motown.

October 21 : The Jackson 5 give a concert in San Antonio (unknown venue).

November 3 : In Los Angeles, The Jackson 5 tape an episode of the Soul Train Show where they perform “Dancing Machine”, “You’re in Good Hands” (by Jermaine), “With A child’s Heart” (by Michael) & “Don’t Say Goodbye Again”. The episode is aired on November 17.

December : Michael & The Jackson 5 have appeared on the front cover of every issue of Right on! Magazine in 1973!

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

1974

January 4 : Concert at the Capitol Center in Landover.

January 5 : The Jackson 5 perform “Get It Together” & “Dancing Machine” on the Bob Hope Special.

January 10 : One More Chance, a Jackson 5 TV Special is aired on CBS. The group performs “Get It Together” + a medley of “I Want You Back”/”ABC”/”I’ll Be There”/”Ben”/”Daddy’s Home”/”Never Can Say Goodbye”/”The Love You Save” and another medley “Up a Lazy River”/”Opus One” (with the Mills Brothers)

January 29 : The Jackson 5 arrive in Dakar, Senegal, for their first African tour. They hold a press conference with Senegalise radio

During their stay, they receive an award for the Organisation for African Unity, they visit Goree Island and they shoot a film called “Isomin Cross And Son” which tells of a family crossing the in 1860 and the problems they encounter.

January 30 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine”on the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

February 1 : Concert at the Demba Diop Stadium Dakar Senegal

February 2 + 3 : Concerts at the Theatre National Daniel Soran Dakar Senegal

February 19 : Michael appears at the first annual American Music Awards to present awards with Donny Osmond to The Temptations and with Donny Osmond, Ricky Segal and Ricky Allen to the Carpenters.

The single “Dancing Machine” is released by Motown.

February 22: Concert at the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show 1974 in Houston.

March : The Jackson 5 appear on the cover of Blues & Soul with a feature on their African trip.

March 2 : The Jackson 5 present an award to Gladys Knight & The Pips during the Grammy Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

March 7 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Jet Magazine.

March 11 : Michael sings “When I Grow Up” with Roberta Flack on the Free To Be… You and Me TV show.

March 16 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” & “This Old Man”/”ABC” on the Carol Burnett Show. Janet makes her TV debut and performs with Randy a Sonny & Cher skit. The show is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

April 3 : The Jackson 5 perform “It’s Too Late To Change the Time” & “Dancing Machine” on the Mike Douglas Show taped in Philadelphia.

April 4 : The Jackson 5 perform “Let It Be”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” & “Dancing Machine” on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson taped in Burbank.

April 7 + 9 +10 +11 +12+13+14+15+16+17+18+19+20+21+22+23 : 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 9 : The Jackson 5 perform “It’s Too Late To Change The Time” & “Dancing Machine” on the Merv Griffin Show.

April 10 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back”/”ABC” on “Sandy in Disneyland” TV special.

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

May : Michael and his brother record background vocals for Stevie Wonder’s song “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” at the Record Plant studios in Hollywood.

May 13 : Concert at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC.

May 27 + June 2 : Concerts at the Sahara Tahoe in Stateline.

June 6 : Concert at the Forum in Inglewood. Most of the Jackson family and friends attend the show.

June 14 + 15 : Concerts in London (unknown venue).

June 16 : Concert in Manchester (unknown venue).

June 19 : Concert at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.

June 22 : Concert at the Forum in Inglewood. Most of the Jackson family and friends attend the show.

June 24+25+26+27+28+29+30 : Concerts at the Mill Run Playhouse in Niles.

July 8+9+10+11+12+13+14 : Concerts at the Circle Star Theatre in San Carlos.

July 15 : Concert at the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburg.

July 16 : Concert at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton Township.

July 19 : Concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.

July 20 : Concert at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton Township.

July 21 : Concert at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond.

July 26 : Concert at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo.

July 27 : Concerts at the Madison Square Garden of New York City.

July 29+30+31 + August 1+2+3+4 : Concerts at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights.

August : The Jackson family is on the cover of Jet Magazine.

August 6 : Concert at the Propst Arena in Huntsville.

August 7 : Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.

August 10 : Concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

August 11 : Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City

August 16 : Concert at the Civic Center in St. Paul.

August 17 : The Jackson 5 perform at the World Expo in Spokane.

August 19: The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” & a medley of “Killing Me Softly with his song”/”By The Time I Get To Phoenix”/”Danny Boy” on the Tonight Show with Bill Cosby taped in Burbank.

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

Even though Michael doesn’t celebrate birthdays as a Jeovah’s Witness he is presented with a birthday cake for his 16th birthday.

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

September : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

September 3 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” on the Merv Griffin Show and Janet & Randy perform their Sonny & Cher skit (taped in Los Angeles).

September 5 : The album “Dancing Machine” is released by Motown.

September 13 + 14 : Concerts at the Pavilhão de Exposições do Anhembi in São Paulo, Brazil.

September 17 : Concert at the Gigantinho in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

September 19 : Concert at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

September 20 : Concerts at the Estádio Independência in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

September 22 : Concert at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasília, Brazil.

The Jackson 5 perform “Life Of The Party” on the Sonny Comedy Revue.

October: The single “Whatever You Got I Want” is released by Motown.

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

October 5 : Michael performs “Whatever You Got I Want”, “What You Don’t Know” & “If I Don’t Love You This Way” on the Soul Train Show taped in Los Angeles (aired on October 19).

October 11+12 : Concerts in Panama City, Panama.

November 3 : Concert at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland.

November 15 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine” & “It’s Too Late To Change The World” on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (taped in Burbank).

November 20+21+22+23+24+25+26+27+28+29+30+31 + December 1+2+3 : Last series of family shows at the MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas. Backstage, Michael meets Elvis Presley & his daughter Lisa Marie.

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

December : The single “I Am Love” is released by Motown.

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

1975

January : The Jackson 5 tour the West Indies.

January 16 : The album “Forever Michael” & the single “We’re Almost There” are released by Motown.

January 25 : The Jackson 5 perform “Life Of The Party” on the Carol Burnett Show (taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City).

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

February 5 : Michael, Randy & Janet pose for pictures at the Warwick hotel in New York City.

February 6+7+8+9+10+11+12+13 : The Jackson 5 are in concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

February 14 : The Jackson 5 fly from New York City to Kingston, Jamaica.

February 15 : The Jackson 5 share the stage with Bob Marley & the Wailers at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

February 17 + 18 + 19 : Concerts at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

February 18 : Michael accepts an award on behalf of Diana Ross at the American Music Awards and he also presents an award with Janet to Gladys Knight & The Pips.

March 16 : The Jackson 5 appear on the Cher TV show taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. They are introduced by Janet and they perform “I Am Love” + a skit called “The World Is a Mess” and finally Cher joins the group to perform a medley of “I Want You Back”/”I’ll Be There”/”Never Can Say Goodbye”/”The Love You Save”/”Dancing Machine”.

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

May 14 : Michael and Berry Gordy have a private meeting at Berry’s Bel Air estate.

May 15 : “Moving Violation” is the last album of the Jackson 5 released by Motown. The group complains about royalty payments and lack of artistic control. They decide not to renew their contract and Joe negociates with CBS Epic Records to sign a new recording contract but Jermaine disagrees…

June : “Forever Came Today” is the last official single of the Jackson 5 released by Motown.

“Just A Little Bit Of You” is the last official single of Michael Jackson released by Motown.

June 11 : Concert at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago.

June 16 : The Jackson 5 performs “Moving Violation”, “Forever Came Today” and “One Day in Your Life” on the Dinah Show and they are introduced by Janet (taped in Burbank).

June 28 : The Jackson 5 perform “Dancing Machine”, “Moving Violation” & “Just A Little Bit Of You” (by Michael) on American Bandstand (taped in Los Angeles).

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

June 30+31 + July 1+2+3+4+5 : Concerts at the Nanuet Star Theater Nanuet in New York City.

July : The Jackson 5 perform “Forever Came Today” & “Body Language” on the Carol Burnett Show without Jermaine!

July 6 : The Jackson 5 perform at the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury.

August 8 : Dee Dee gives birth to Taryll Jackson.

August 16 : Marlon gets married to Carol Ann Parker.

August 28 : The Best Of Michael Jackson is released by Motown.

September 1 : Concert at the Mount Vernon Memorial Stadium in Mount Vernon.

September 12 + 13 + 14 : Concerts at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston.

September 26 : Concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.

October 5 : The J5 perform “Forever Came Today”, “All I Do Is Think Of You”, “One Day In Your Life”, “Just A Little Bit Of You” & “We’ve Got Forever” on the Soul Train Show (taped in Los Angeles).

October 18 : Concert at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo.

November 5 : Issued as a B-side to “Forever Came Today”, on the pop charts, airplay of  “All I Do Is Think Of You” was so massive on the urban side that the song was charted also eventually peaking at number fifty on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The 45 single is issued by Motown. It is the final charted single issued as The Jackson 5 before the group leaves Motown for CBS.

December 11 : The Jackson 5 perform “All I Do Is Think Of You” on the The Mike Douglas Show in Philadelphia.

1976

Motown begins court procedure over The Jackson 5 departure to CBS seeking $ 20 millions damages.

Steve Manning, a friend of the Jacksons and president of their fan club publishes a book on the family titled The Jacksons.

January 21 : The Jackson 5 perform “Forever Came Today” and “Body Language ” on the (taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

January 31 : Michael accepts an award on behalf of Gladys Knight & The Pips at the American Music Awards and he also presents an award to Aretha Franklin with David Soul.

February 13+14+15+16: The Jackson 5 perform their last concerts as J5 with Jermaine at the Folk Arts Theater in Manila, Philippines.

February 16 : The Jackson 5 perform “Forever Came Today” on the Rich Little Show.

February 17+18+19 : The Jackson 5 perform their last concerts as J5 with Jermaine at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

Previous era : Michael’s Early Years : 1958-1968

Next era : The Jacksons/Goin Places/The Wiz : 1976-1978

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