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The Jackson 5 - 1970

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In the late 1960s Motown took a chance on five brothers from Gary, Indiana. They hit it big almost immediately, scoring with "ABC," "I Want You Back" and "I'll Be There." On their first national tour the group experienced insane crowds of screaming girls. The attention thrilled the older boys, but absolutely terrified 11-year-old Michael.  The group's career waned as the 1970s wore on, but Michael went solo in the early 1980s and became the most successful recording star of all time. The mental damage from his first burst of fame (coupled with an abusive father) proved to be too much to overcome, and Jackson's career faded amidst increasingly bizarre behavior and horrific allegations of child abuse. He died in 2009, but this summer the surviving members of the Jackson 5 are going on their first tour since in nearly 30 years.

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