Michael Jackson: Jackson 5 - The Early Years
What do you know about Michael
Jackson: Jackson 5 - The Early Years? Try this Alan's FUN Rock & Roll Trivia
quiz. You'll find the answers at the bottom of the page.
In 1964, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine form The Jackson Brothers,
including hometown friends Reynaud Jones and Milford Hite on guitar and
drums respectively. By the end of the following year, the group's
younger brothers Marlon and Michael join the instrumental band playing
tambourine and congas.
2) Michael is allowed to perform his
song-and-dance routine at a talent contest held at Jackie's high school,
helping his brothers win the competition. What is the high school's
- Roosevelt High School
- Truman High School
- Eisenhower High School
3) It is at that point that Tito's junior high
school orchestra teacher Shirley Cartman begins mentoring the group and
suggests a name change referring to the boys as The Jackson Five.
She also suggests replacing Jones and Hite with talented musicians
Johnny Jackson (no relation) on drums and Ronnie Rancifer on keyboards.
4) Cartman gets The Jackson Five a record deal
with Gordon Keith's local Steeltown label, and the group begins making
their first recordings in October 1967. What is their first single?
- "Riding High"
- "Big Boy"
- "I Love Girls"
5) The Jackson Five have a number of admirers in
their early days. Two admires help the group secure a spot in the famous
Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The group won
the August 13, 1967, competition during the Amateur Night showdown at
the Apollo. Who helps them secure a spot at the Apollo?
- Sam & Dave
- Seth & Green
- Bob & Ray
6) Motown Records artist Gladys Knight of The Pips
recommends the group to Motown chief Berry Gordy, but Gordy, who already
has teenager Stevie Wonder on his roster, is hesitant to take on another
child act because of the child labor laws and other problems involved.
7) On July 23, The Jackson 5 have their Motown
audition, for which they perform a James Brown hit. Berry Gordy is not
in attendance, but the audition is videotaped and sent to him in Los
Angeles. Gordy's initial reluctance to sign the group disappears when he
finally sees the boys perform.
- "I Got the Feelin'"
- "Prisoner of Love"
- "Roman Holiday"
8) Bobby Taylor begins producing the group's first
recordings at Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. recording studio in Detroit. The
early Taylor-produced Jackson Five records are all covers of both
contemporary hits and Motown-standards, including Sly & the Family
Stone's "Stand!" and their famous rendition of The Miracles'
"Who's Lovin' You". Who wrote "Who's Lovin' You"
- Smokey Robinson
- Bobby Taylor
- Mark Reynolds
9) Barry Gordy moves The Jackson Five and Joseph
to California, and he and Suzanne de Passe begin the process of grooming
them as the label's next big act, while the rest of the family remains
in Gary. While looking for a house in California, Joseph, Jermaine,
Tito, and Jackie live with Berry Gordy. Who did Marlon and Michael live
with in their California home?
- Diana Ross
- Gladys Knight
- Mary Wells
10) Motown's marketing team prepares press kits
and other promotional material to begin The Jackson 5's entrance into
the mainstream music industry. Michael's age is eleven. What do they
change his age to from to make him appear cuter?