Considered "one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music during the early s. The Jackson boys ' interest in music took place in their family home on Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana bolstered by papa Joe. In , Joe caught Tito playing with his guitar after a string broke. Upon fixing the string, threatening punishment, Tito played for his father, who was impressed enough to buy Tito his own guitar. Tito, Jermaine and Jackie showed an interest in singing and formed their own group with their father naming them as The Jackson Brothers, with six-year-old Michael playing congas and childhood buddies Reynaud Jones and Milford Hite playing keyboards and drums. Marlon, then seven, eventually joined playing the tambourine. After several more talent show wins, Joe booked his sons to perform at several respected music venues of the chitlin' circuit, including Chicago's Regal Theater and Harlem's Apollo Theater, winning the talent competitions on both shows in Following the taped audition, which was sent to CEO Berry Gordy's office in Hollywood, Gordy requested the group to be signed by early
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