Jermaine Jackson

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Jermaine Jackson, son of Katherine Jackson and Joe Jackson, and brother of Michael Jackson, was born on December 11, 1954. Jermaine Jackson was the fourth child in the Jackson family. Like all of Michael Jackson’s brothers and sisters, Jermaine Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and used to travel door to door with Katherine Jackson trying to teach people about their religion. However, Jermaine Jackson traveled to the Middle East in 1989 and afterwards converted to Islam. While Jermaine Jackson was a part of the Big Brother house, he publicly discussed his religious beliefs, in addition to openly praying and fasting while on the show. Jermaine influenced Michael by convincing him to spend some restorative years in Bahrain; there were some rumors that Michael Jackson had also converted to Islam, but the rumors were never verified. Jermaine Jackson has been married three times. His first marriage was to Hazel Gordy, the daughter of the founder of Motown Records. He cheated on his wife with Margaret Maldonado, and both his wife and his girlfriend became pregnant at the same time. His third marriage is two an Afghani woman.

Jermaine Jackson has a total of seven children.

In terms of Jermaine Jackson’s musical career, he has had some moderate success, but not to the level of some of the other members of the Jackson family. While Jermaine Jackson sang lead vocals during the beginning of the Jackson Five’s tenure, towards the middle of the 1970’s, he did not have lead parts anymore, and he left the group to pursue a solo career. His 1980 album Let’s Get Serious got him nominated for a Grammy award, and Jermaine Jackson had numerous Top 30 hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1991, Jermaine Jackson released a controversial version of a song that criticized Michael Jackson. Michael asked that the song be withdrawn from air waves, but Jermaine refused. Nonetheless, to ease the tension within the Jackson family, Jermaine Jackson changed the lyrics for final release. However, the album was still a failure, and Jermaine Jackson was unable to truly successfully revive his musical career.