Joe Jackson Dead at 89: The Controversial Jackson Family Patriarch's Life in Photos
In 1963, Joe noticed his children's affinity for music after discovering son Tito's guitar talents. Soon after, Joe served as the manager for The Jackson Brothers, a band formed by sons Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Then in 1965, Marlon and Michael joined the group and renamed themselves The Jackson 5 in 1966.
Anchored by a 7-year-old Michael, The Jackson 5 found immediate success, becoming the first American group to have four singles land the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1968, Joe signed a Motown contract — without reading it — that gave the company ironclad control over everything recorded by The Jackson 5, a move that cost the family millions.
A portrait of the Jackson family: sons Michael, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Joe and wife Katherine, whom had filed for divorce twice during their marriage but never went through with the separation.
The youngest of the Jackson family, Janet posed for a father-daughter photo in 1972.
Shortly following the Jackson 5's success, Joe moved the entire family from their hometown of Indiana to glitzy California.
In 1973, Victor Records presented the Jackson Five family with a banner as they were about to depart Asia after a very successful tour.
In addition to managing the iconic band, Joe was known as the stern patriarch who was physically and emotionally abusive.
In her 1991 memoir, daughter La Toya wrote that he abused her and terrorized her brothers, often pointing guns at the kids to get their attention. During an Oprah special in 1993, Michael admitted his father had beaten him.
Pictured here, Joe and the Jackson 5 brothers posed for photos together in Japan back in 1973.
Janet joined her father and brothers at the Annual Television Parade of Stars in 1977.
Joe showed off his win as manager for the Jackson 5, who had been recognized for their musical achievements with an Epic double platinum award.
While being honored at the 2018 Radio Disney Awards, Janet spoke of her parents' impact on her life. "My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can," she said. "My siblings set an incredibly high standard for artistic excellence … Sometimes, having an impact can be as simple as a smile, a handshake, or a hug."
As Michael prepared to make a splash in the music industry as a solo artist, he fired his father as manager in 1983.
In April 1990, proud parents Joe and Katherine supported daughter Janet as she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joe came out to support son Michael at the singer's 2005 trial after he was charged with child molestation.
The Jackson family arrived at the memorial service for Michael, who died from an apparent cardiac arrest, in 2009.
Joe's estranged relationship with son Michael resulted in him being completely left out of the King of Pop's will after his death. Mother Katherine continues to receive more than $1 million annually from the Michael Jackson estate.
In a 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Joe said, "I don't [regret the beatings]. It kept them out of jail and kept them right."
In 2014, Joe opened up about his health in an open letter to daughter Janet. "When I suffered four strokes last year, and was in the hospital recovering, only two people in my family traveled all the way to see in the hospital. My granddaughter Brandi (Jackie’s daughter) and my baby girl Janet,” Joe wrote. "She sat right next to me as I lay in bed, spent time with me, talking about a lot together. It meant a lot to me. I lay there listening to her as she talked about how she was going to get married. I am happy for her and wish her nothing but the best! I never tell you this, but I am proud of you Janet."