Tito Jackson


Soundtrack Of My Life: Tito Jackson

“We lived in Gary, Indiana, and we used to listen to a station by the name of WMPP. They’d play a lot of Motown Records. I remember this song being very important to my brothers, as well, because it’s one of the first songs I’d play and they would sing.”

Tito Jackson On His New Blues Album 'Under Your Spell' & His Better-Late-Than-Never Solo Career

"If Tito wasn't in the Jackson 5, would we really miss him?" Charles Barkley broached this jarring rhetorical question about singer/songwriter Tito Jackson, the third child in the sibling superstar band. (The NBA analyst prefaced it by comparing them to the Miami Heat, with Michael as their all-star shooting guard Dwyane Wade.) "That really rung a bell with me," Tito tells "I said to myself, 'They don't see the contribution you bring to the group because you don't have any records out.'"

Jackson 5’s Tito Jackson Is Back With His Message For Career Success

Toriano Adaryll "Tito" Jackson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, member of the Jackson 5 and Music Hall Of Famer, didn’t achieve success easily. He and his brothers—the legendary Jackson 5 worked hard every step of the way to glory. When they practiced in their Gary, Indiana home, neighbors made fun of them, complained about the “noise” and said they weren’t going anywhere. Managers told them they could sing but couldn’t write songs. And as they grew into men and their voices changed, record moguls said they were washed up. Under the tutelage of their father, the Jackson brothers—Tito, Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, and Jackie—refused to take no for an answer, and the rest is history.

The Jackson 5 Started Out As A… Blues Band? Tito Jackson Explains The Forgotten History

Let’s be honest upfront: almost no modern music in America would exist without the blues. From its roots in Black communities of the 19th century to its blossom in the Mississippi Delta to its moment of global stardom with the rise of rock in the 1960s, the blues have played an integral role in almost every step of American culture. Whether it’s Robert Johnson, B.B. King, John Mayer, or even modern pop stars, like The Weeknd, SZA, and more, the blues is a key part of the foundation of any strain of popular song. In fact, the blues even served as the starting point for the biggest pop star of all time: Michael Jackson. Speaking with American Songwriter, Michael’s brother Tito explained the forgotten history.

Tito Jackson Talks Jackson 5 History and New Album Featuring Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, and More

Tito Jackson has lived one of the most fascinating lives in all of American cultural history. As a child, he played a paramount role in the creation of his family’s band, The Jackson 5—featuring himself, older brother Jackie and younger brothers Jermaine, Marlon, and, of course, Michael. Perhaps best known as one of the handsome older brothers “standing on the outside” of the five-man formation with a guitar in hand, he’s been a mainstay of the legendary act since its conception in the 1960s. Contributing to songs like “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” and more, the years logged with that band alone are enough to earn Jackson his place in the updated Great American Songbook.