The Other Singing Jacksons: Where Are They Now?

By Jacob Shelton
1978: Janet Jackson (C) with her brothers (L-R) Marlon, Michael, Tito, Randy, and Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons pose during a publicity photo shoot at Jackie Jackson's home on August 17, 1978 in Westlake Village, California. Source: (Photo by Gregg Cobar

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the nine siblings of the Jackson family -- in their Jackson 5 incarnation and as solo artists -- were some of the most popular musicians on the planet. Janet Jackson has been a chart-topping artist, and others had some moments on their own but generally never attained the stardom they'd seen as The Jackson 5 -- later known as, simply, The Jacksons. Since the dissolution of The Jacksons in the late ‘80s, long after their popularity waned, members of the group went their separate ways. Some of the Jacksons continued to record and perform with one another, one Jackson cut ties with the family altogether, and a couple of them managed to start successful careers outside of the music industry. 

The most successful sibling, the late Michael Jackson, achieved worldwide fame and was dubbed the King of Pop -- but his legacy is in jeopardy due to revelations that he was a sexual predator.

The Jacksons will always be an integral part of the landscape of 20th century American pop. They didn’t have the most normal childhood, due to celebrity as well as alleged abuse from patriarch Joe Jackson. But each of them managed to have a fascinating life in their own way.