Marlon David Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana in 1957 as sixth eldest Jackson child. When The Jackson Five was initially formed, Marlon joined as percussionist but was almost removed because he sang out of tune and missed dance turns. He later became a favorite among fans once the group signed with Motown in the late 1960s. During the height of The Jackson Five, Marlon's vocals were featured on songs like "I Want You Back," I'll Be There" and "Rockin' Robin," and he sang lead vocals on "Feelin' Alright, "Corner of the Sky" and the Funkadelic's cover "I'll Bet You." He later formed The Jacksons with brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael and Randy under the CBS, and later Epic Records, and the brothers returned to the top of the pop charts with albums "Triumph" and "Victory" but Marlon departed from the group before the release of "2300 Jackson Street." Marlon issued his debut solo album "Baby Tonight" in 1987 and he had a hit with the single "Don't Go."
Though he produced sister Janet Jackson's 1984 album "Dream Street," Marlon left show business for a successful career in real estate in Southern California. He did reunite with his brothers for The Jackson Five induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and in 2001 for Michael's 30th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden in 2001.
Marlon has been married to wife Carol Parker since they were 18 years old and together they have three children; Valencia, Brittany and Marlon, Jr. and two grandchildren, Noah and Sophia.
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