Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson has died after battling cancer, he was 89. He launched the musical Jackson family and help catapult Micheal Jackson the King of Pop to stardom. Joe had managed Michael and Janet’s careers along with their other brothers in the group, The Jackson 5.
On June 24th a tweet from Joe Jackson account read,
“I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”
Joe Jackson and his wife Katherine married in 1949 and moved into a home on Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana where they went on to have 11 children. With a large family to support Joe gave up his dreams of becoming a boxer and secured a job as a crane operator for US Steel. For extra money, Joe and his brother booked gigs for extra money with their band The Falcons. The band didn’t last very long but Joe who had an ear for music saw the talent in his kids and that is how The Jackson 5 was born in 1966, two years later they were signed by Motown Records.
Even though Joe’s role dwindled over the years as Motown CEO Berry Gordy began to take over, Joe was always some way involved in his children’s careers. He helped his sons seal a deal with CBS after leaving Motown. The success of The Jackson 5 led to Michael Jackson going solo and becoming one of the biggest stars ever.
As Michael Jackson became a huge star he talked about his upbringing and the relationship he had with his father. Joe’s tough management and father skills often left his children struggling to connect with him and led to an estranged relationship with Michael that lasted until his death in 2009.