Joe Jackson – the name may not sound familiar to many ears but the title sure does as it is a title associated with one of the most iconic and legendary figures of the music world – Michael Jackson. Yes, folks, you guessed it correct. Joe Jackson is a very close relative of Michael Jackson himself, and he is not anyone else but Michael Jackson’s father.
Thought the son made it big, the father is not as widely known. Joe Jackson died yesterday, at the ripe old age of 89 due to pancreatic cancer.
Listed below is some typical information about Joe Jackson:-
- Joe Jackson’s full name is Joseph Walter Jackson and he was born on 26 July 1928 in Fountain Hill, Arkansas. He married He married Katherine Scuse in November 1949.
- Jackson worked as a part-time boxer and part-time musician before the birth of his 1st child but after he became a father he gave up boxing and became a full-time crane operator for US Steel to support his family.
- It will not be wrong to say that the musical genes in the Jackson children came from their father. He also worked as their manager after they became famous for a long period of time.
- Joe Jackson was the manager mastermind behind the formation of the world-famous band Jackson 5, consisting of Michael Jackson too. This band of young boys produced many Billboard hits.
- Although Joe had a huge role to play in establishing hugely successful careers for his children, he can’t be said to be a model parent and father figure. He himself, along with his children confessed that he was a rather cruel father. He used to beat them with belt buckles and whips to ‘keep them out of trouble’ and ‘inline’. In many of his interviews, he has said that he does not regret any of his actions.
- Joe Jackson was especially harsh to Michael out of all his children.
- Although he did not treat his children well, many of his children, who have now become world famous, especially in the field of music, attribute their success to the actions of their father during their childhood. According to them, his disciplining made them the individuals they grew up to be. They no longer harbour any ill feelings towards him and have expressed great grief towards his demise.