Jermaine Jackson, the brother of the late King of pop Michael Jackson, is in Sri Lanka on a short visit.
CSN and RED FM reported his arrival and the Jackson 5 singer said he was in the country on an invitation extended by MP Namal Rajapaksa to look at locations for a concert.
In 1962, Jermaine, as a member of The Jackson Brothers, enjoyed his first studio recording (local label) titled “Big Boy.” This morphed into a local hit and set the stage for the 1969 partnership with Motown Records. Subsequently, the group, now the Jackson 5, made live appearances on the top-rated Ed Sullivan, American Bandstand and Soul Train television shows.
In the 1970s, they were the first act in recording history to have their first four singles (“I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”) reach the pinnacle of Billboard’s Hot 100. Also, “Mama’s Pearl”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Dancing Machine” reached Billboard’s Top 5 and all reached number 1 on the R&B charts. Realizing their multitudinous gifts, the brothers composed and produced many of their own studio recordings during that decade.
Jermaine’s illustrious solo career began in 1972 with the platinum cover of the R&B classic “Daddy’s Home,” a Billboard Top-Ten hit and a Motown Records release. Soon a plethora of successes followed, including “Let’s Get Serious,” “Let’s Be Young Tonight,” “Do What You Do,” “Don’t Take It Personal” (# 1 on Billboard’s R&B charts), and multitudes more. (Colombo Gazette)