Michael Jackson and The Jacksons

Michael And His Brothers Reunited

As the 60’s wound down and the 70’s began, Motown records saw a sharp decline in interest for their soul and pop music. Unfortunately for Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, they were a hit in both of the dying genres. What happened next for the band was not only a sign of the changing times, it was also the tightening of creative controls by Berry Gordy, the musical manager of The Jackson Five. The famous family of performers could no longer write their own hits, and in growing distressed over the matter, split in 1973. Four years later, a reunion occurred under CBS Records and Michael became a part of The Jacksons, as well as running some solo projects at the same time. By signing with CBS Records, The Jacksons' albums would now earn them 17% more royalties, as well as giving them the creative span they needed. They even were scheduled for a variety show to compete with Donny & Marie. The 1978 LP they wrote themselves, called Destiny, largely defined the Jacksons' music.

The Jacksons their hit songs and their crowd appeal began to take hold for one final run at national fame.

In 1979, the Jacksons' tours began, leading off with the Destiny Tour. This international tour through Europe and Kenya eventually lead them back to the U.S. for an 80 city touring run. Their next, equally successful tour was the Triumph tour, which was largely the same as the previous spare its internationality. The Triumph tour actually sold out an unheard of four nights of performances in Los Angeles, and earned around 5.5 million dollars. As highly acclaimed as all the previous tours by The Jackson’s were, none would be as well remembered as The Victory Tour. Victory, which covered an expansive 55 cities and reached an estimated 2 million fans, was the final performance tour by the seasoned musicians. That tour was said to have grossed 75 million dollars, one of the highest earnings for any tour on record. Michael Jackson even donated all $5 million of his earnings from the tour to various charities.

Even though The Victory Tour marked the end of The Jacksons run at fame, their legacy is still remembered. Without those final tours, Michael Jackson might never have reached the sky-high levels of fame that he did.