Joe Jackson has died at 89 after battling terminal cancer. 

Joe was considered the driving force behind his children’s successful careers. 

He launched and managed the Jackson 5 and the solo careers of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, two of the best selling artists of all time.

While considered one of the greatest music managers ever, there’s much about the Jackson family patriarch the public still doesn’t know. 

Here are five things you may not know about him.

Early Life

Born Joseph Walter Jackson on July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, as the eldest of five children. His father, Samuel Jackson, was a high school teacher and his mother, Crystal Lee King, was a housewife. 

The couple split up when Jackson was 12. He moved with his father to Oakland, California, while his mother moved to East Chicago, Indiana. Jackson lived a lonely childhood, and had few friends. When he turned 18, he moved to Indiana to live near his mother.

Golden Glove Dreams 

A young Joe Jackson had dreams of becoming a boxer, participating in Golden Glove competitions and preparing for a professional athletic career until meeting wife, Katherine. 

He quit after the birth of his eldest child, Rebbie, to support his family, according to Biography. 

The Falcons

During the early 1950s, Jackson briefly played guitar with his own blues band, The Falcons, according to EW.  

Despite their efforts, the group did not get a recording deal, breaking up after one of their members, Thornton “Pookie” Hudson, founded his own band in 1952. 

That band would go on to become doo-wop group The Spaniels.

Hall of Fame 

Although Jackson was known for managing his kids with an iron-fist, in October 2002, he was awarded a proclamation in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Best Entertainment Manager of All Time, according to IMDB. 

“I’m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with,” Jackson said in an interview in 2013. 

“I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right.”


Family Issues 

Tensions within the group caused deep rifts within the family. 

Joseph was a strict disciplinarian, and reports of his abusive nature began leaking into the press. 

In 1979, Joseph's son Michael fired his father as his manager, and took control over his own career. The rest of the Jackson brothers would follow suit in 1983.

The Jackson Family patriarch was left out of Micheal Jackson’s will, with mom Katherine receiving $1 million annually from his estate, according to the NY Post.

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