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Jackie Jackson Shares Stories About The Jackson 5’s Early Years

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The oldest of the Jackson brothers, Jackie Jackson called in to the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to talk about his family’s incredible musical legacy and bringing their hits to the stage at the L.A. County Fair Thursday night.

Jackie told us stories from his childhood growing up in Gary, Indiana where he and his brothers Tito and Jermaine formed the original Jackson three.

“I remember rehearsing every single day, and people would come to the window just to watch us rehearse…and when we finished rehearsing, we’d go play baseball, that’s what we did ever day,” laughed Jackie.

He recalls when Michael and Marlin first joined the group shortly after to form what would become the Jackson 5, and Jackie knew from the start that Michael was a natural-born entertainer.

“Michael was playing congas…and he was pretty good at it,” said Jackie. “All of a sudden he started dancing doing this James Brown thing, and we said ‘hey, let’s put this little guy up front’ and it was history from there. He was just an amazing entertainer, that’s what he loved to do.”

Now four years after Michael’s death, Jackie still misses his brother each and every day, and tells us that the Jacksons plan on paying tribute to their brother at their show at the L.A. County Fair.

“It’s a very important moment in our show, we do a tribute to him – I call it the ‘bittersweet moment’ – because when we do it, people are crying in the audience and all of sudden they start cheering and laughing at the same time,” he said.

Jackie also said the group will be performing all the hits people love at the show Thursday night including “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “I’ll Be There” and the list goes on. The number of hits The Jacksons churned out over the years still even amazes Jackie himself.

“Somehow we find a way to put it all in a two-hour show that we have on stage,” he said. “The hardest thing to do was the rehearsals when we first started rehearsing was to try to put all these songs together because we have so many hits. I didn’t realize how many hits we had.”

Though the Jackson family is in the midst of a difficult trial against concert promoter AEG Live in the wrongful death of Michael, Jackie remains hopeful on the future and continues to focus on family and making music.

“What we try to do is stick with our music and stay together as a family…we do what we do best, make music and make people happy,” said Jackie.

For tickets to see The Jacksons this Thursday, Sept. 12 at the L.A. County Fair, visit www.lacountyfair.com.

Listen to our complete conversation with Jackie to hear more stories from the legendary group’s childhood, being introduced to Motown records, and keeping Michael’s legacy alive in the clip below.

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