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Rebbie Jackson
Birth name Maureen Reillette Jackson
Born May 29, 1950 (1950-05-29) (age 59)
Gary, Indiana, United States
Genres R&B, pop, soul
Occupations Singer
Years active 1974–1998
Labels Columbia, MJJ

Maureen Reillette Brown (née Jackson; born May 29, 1950) is an American singer professionally known as Rebbie Jackson. Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, she is the eldest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her siblings during shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in 1974, before subsequently appearing in the television series The Jacksons.

At age 34, Jackson released her debut album Centipede (1984). The album featured songs written by Smokey Robinson, Prince and her younger brother Michael, whose contribution (the title track "Centipede") became Rebbie's most successful single release. By the end of the 1980s, the singer had released two more albums in quick succession: Reaction (1986) and R U Tuff Enuff (1988).

Following a 10-year hiatus in her musical career, Jackson returned with the 1998 album Yours Faithfully. The production of the album, her last to date, had the singer collaborate with artists and producers such as Men of Vizion's Spanky Williams, Keith Thomas and Eliot Kennedy. It also featured contributions from her children. Nathaniel Brown is Jackson's husband and the two have been married since 1968.

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Life and career

Childhood and youth

Maureen Reillette "Rebbie" Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, (an industrial suburb of Chicago, Illinois) to a working-class family on May 29, 1950. The daughter of Joseph Walter "Joe" and Katherine Esther (née Scruse), she is the eldest of their ten children. Her siblings are Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Brandon (d. 1957), Marlon, Michael (d. 2009), Randy and Janet.[1] Joseph was a steel mill employee who often performed in a rhythm and blues (R&B) band called The Falcons with his brother Luther.[2] His wife, Katherine, is a Jehovah's Witness and raised her children to follow the religion. Rebbie, La Toya and Michael became the most devout of the children as time progressed.[3] Reflecting on her early life, Rebbie acknowledged in a 1980s magazine interview that her role within the family had been that of a "second mother" to her younger siblings, who she would often babysit.[4]

Marriage

18-year-old Rebbie's announcement that she wanted to marry her childhood love Nathaniel Brown in 1968 created a division in the Jackson family. Jackson expressed her feelings for the man and proclaimed that she wanted to move with him to Kentucky. Katherine encouraged her daughter to proceed with the union; she felt that being a wife and mother was an important role for all of her daughters to play. Joseph, however, was against the marriage; he wanted Rebbie to follow in the footsteps of her brothers (The Jackson 5) and become a singer. Her father felt that married life would stop her from becoming a success in the entertainment business.[5] Though Rebbie had taken clarinet, piano and dance lessons in her childhood, she had no interest in a music career.[5][6] The teenager thought that a happy home was more comforting and secure than the instability of show business.[5] She also wanted to leave her family's drama-filled home on Jackson Street. Arguments ensued for several weeks before her father relented and allowed Rebbie to wed Brown. Having the last word on the matter, Joseph refused to walk his daughter down the aisle.[7] Brown and Jackson would go on to have three children together: daughters Stacee and Yashi, and son Austin.[8]

Early career

Jackson began her singing career in 1974, performing with her siblings at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Vegas shows had initially begun in April, without Rebbie. Her five brothers were the main draws, with herself, Randy, Janet and La Toya serving as filler for the performances. Due to a sprained ankle, Rebbie's debut was postponed until June, several months later.[9]

When The Jackson 5 parted with their record label Motown in 1976, they signed to CBS Records and rebranded themselves as The Jacksons.[10] In addition, the brothers were signed to CBS-TV to star with their family in a variety series called The Jacksons. The shows premiered in June 1976, and featured all of the siblings excluding Jermaine, who had chosen to stay with Motown. The initial series run of the 30-minute programs was four weeks. Due to ratings success, more episodes were ordered in January 1977. The shows marked the first time that an African-American family had ever starred in a television series. The run of programs concluded shortly afterward.[11]

Prior to the series, Jackson had thought of her singing as merely a private hobby. The Jacksons—as well as an early love of musicals—motivated her to become a professional recording artist, and the show's producer encouraged her to sing.[12][13] Jackson served as a backing vocalist for several musicians around this time, as well as a cabaret singer. She contributed her voice for songs by artists such as The Emotions, Sonny Bono and Betty Wright before Jackson's second pregnancy stalled her musical career for a short time.[6][14][15]

Centipede

Following years of preparation, Jackson's debut album Centipede was distributed in October 1984 by CBS Records, who had signed her as a solo artist two years previously.[12][13] The album was only released once the singer had ensured that family life was secure and that she had spent time with her children during their important younger years. Centipede became a moderate chart success, reaching number 13 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 63 on its Top 200. The recording of the album had been a family affair; it involved several contributions from her relatives. Husband Nathaniel co-wrote the song "Come Alive Saturday Night" with two of his wife's brothers: Randy and Tito. The latter Jackson also penned "Hey Boy" with his wife Dee Dee.[12] The most successful single from the album was the title track, "Centipede".[15] Written, arranged and produced by Michael, the song also featured Jackson's famous brother on backing vocals.[12] It reached number 4 on the Black Singles Chart and was subsequently certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[15][16][17] "Centipede" marked Michael's first effort at writing and producing since the release of his successful Thriller (1982).[6]

Other tracks from Rebbie's album included cover versions of songs by Prince ("I Feel for You") and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles ("A Fork in the Road").[15] The album received mixed reviews from journalists and music critics.[18][19][20] According to the magazine Jet, Centipede marked Jackson's emergence as a "legitimate recording artist" and "cleared the major hurdle of demonstrating that she [was] talented and marketable".[12] With the album, Jackson became the last of her siblings to embark on a recording career and the last in line to release hit material.[6][21][22]

Rebbie later revealed that there was a lot of discussion at the time of the release of Centipede over whether she should use the Jackson surname professionally or not. To begin with Rebbie did not want to use her pre-marriage surname, but later reasoned that it was silly to deny her heritage. Jackson explained that she did, however, compromise with the use of her family name on the Centipede album cover - "Rebbie is large and Jackson is small".[12] She further stated that the success of siblings Michael and Janet had not been a hindrance to her, but served as an enhancement to her career. Rebbie added that she did not have to worry about "name recognition".[13]

Reaction and R U Tuff Enuff

Reaction served as a follow-up album to Centipede, and was released in October 1986.[6] The album was recorded at Tito's Ponderosa Studios in Los Angeles, California.[23] Her brother Tito produced Reaction along with David Conley and David Townsend of the R&B group Surface. Duets were featured on the album, including one with Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander and another with Isaac Hayes.[6][15] The Zander-Jackson collaboration ("You Send the Rain Away") was released as a single, and peaked at number 50 on the R&B singles chart. Jackson's duet with Hayes, the ballad "Tonight I'm Yours", was not released as a single, though received substantial airplay. Reaction's title track ("Reaction") was the most popular hit from the album, reaching number 16 on the R&B singles chart.[6]

The R U Tuff Enuff album succeeded Reaction upon its release in February 1988.[6] Jackson was more involved with the production of the album than she had been on her previous releases. She stated at the time of R U Tuff Enuff's distribution that the sound on the album differed from anything she had done previously. Jackson commented that the album was "more versatile", while noting that it resembled other albums because it had a lot of dance music.[13] Two singles were released from the album and charted on the R&B singles chart: "Plaything", which made it into the top 10, and the title track "R U Tuff Enuff", which peaked at number 78.[6][15][24] By mid-June 1988, R U Tuff Enuff had reportedly sold 300,000 copies.[25] MTV later concluded that the album "struggled".[15] Jackson would lend her vocals to "2300 Jackson Street" (the title track of her brothers' 2300 Jackson Street album), before taking a hiatus from releasing music.[15][26][27] Jackson later stated that she performed around the world during this hiatus.[28]

Yours Faithfully

When fans find out there's another Jackson coming out, they want to hear what the person is about. That can be a double-edged sword.

Rebbie Jackson, 1998[28]

Following a 10-year break from music, Jackson signed with her brother Michael's record label, MJJ Music, in the late 1990s. From the label, Yours Faithfully was released in March 1998. The album featured a remixed version of Jackson's successful "Centipede".[15][28] Initially, the singer had not wanted to feature the track, believing that it was part of the past. After thinking about it for a while, Jackson felt that the inclusion of the remix—which features a rap by son Austin—would be a good way to return to the music scene. In addition, two of her other children, Stacee and Yashi, contributed backing vocals for the album. Other tracks from the album included "Fly Away", which was written and produced by brother Michael, who also served as co-executive producer for Yours Faithfully.[28] Fellow producers included Keith Thomas and Eliot Kennedy.[29] The album also featured a duet with Men of Vizion's Spanky Williams on The Spinners' "I Don't Want to Lose You", which Jet described as being a "sizzling" rendition.[28] Yours Faithfully's title track was released as a single and peaked at number 76 on the R&B chart.[24] Vibe magazine's Quohnos Mitchell expressed disappointment in the album, labelling its content a "mix of dated R&B grooves dressed up with a few cleverly placed samples".[30]

Death of Michael Jackson

Jackson's brother Michael died in June 2009, after suffering a cardiac arrest.[31] His memorial service was held several days later on July 7, and the finale featured group renditions of the Jackson anthems "We Are the World" and "Heal the World".[32][33] The singalong featured Michael's siblings (including Rebbie) and the late singer's children.[33][34][35] Following the service—which was held at Los Angeles' Staples Center—Rebbie, along with sisters Janet and La Toya, addressed fans at the nearby L.A. Live entertainment complex. "We are extremely grateful for all the support. We love you all."[36] In the weeks following Michael's death, it was speculated by media sources that Rebbie would be the primary caregiver for her late brother's three children; Prince Michael, Prince Michael II and Paris. It was stated that even if Michael and Rebbie's mother Katherine was granted custody of her grandchildren, Rebbie would care for the three siblings on a day-to-day basis at the Jackson family's Encino home.[15] Katherine was named the legal guardian of the trio in August 2009.[37][38]

Discography

Albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Worldwide sales
U.S. Top 200[39] U.S. R&B[40]
1984 Centipede

63

13

1986 Reaction
  • Released: January 1, 1986
  • Labels: CBS Records

54

1988 R U Tuff Enuff
  • Released: July 13, 1988
  • Labels: CBS Records

58

300,000 units[25]

1998 Yours Faithfully
  • Released: March 31, 1998
  • Labels: MJJ Music

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S. R&B[24] U.S. Hot 100[41] RIANZ[42]
1984 "Centipede" 4 24 4 Centipede
1985 "A Fork in the Road" 40
1986 "Reaction" 16 Reaction
1987 "You Send the Rain Away" 50
1988 "Plaything" 8 R U Tuff Enuff
"R U Tuff Enuff" 78
1998 "Yours Faithfully" 76 Yours Faithfully

Footnotes

  1. ^ Taraborrelli (2004), pp. 11–14.
  2. ^ Taraborrelli (2004), p. 15.
  3. ^ Taraborrelli (2004), pp. 17–18.
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  5. ^ a b c Taraborrelli (2004), p. 35.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hogan, Ed. "Rebbie Jackson biography". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/rebbie-jackson/bio/20794. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ Taraborrelli (2004), p. 36.
  8. ^ Campbell (1993), p. 20.
  9. ^ Taraborrelli (2004), pp. 115–117.
  10. ^ Taraborrelli (2004), pp. 137–142.
  11. ^ Taraborrelli (2004), pp. 143–146.
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  14. ^ Dineen (1993), p. 59.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ditzian, Eric (July 23, 2009). "Michael Jackson's Sister Rebbie May Take Care Of Kids". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1616807/20090723/jackson_michael.jhtml. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
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  17. ^ a b "RIAA database". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH. Retrieved October 11, 2009.  (To search the database for Jackson's releases, type "Rebbie Jackson" into the Artist field and the title of the release into the Title field.)
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  23. ^ McTavish, Brian (July 16, 1987). "Rebbie Jackson is ready for her to turn on the charts" (Payment required to access full article). Chicago Tribune. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/24638831.html?dids=24638831:24638831&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jul+16%2C+1987&author=Brian+McTavish%2C+Kansas+City+Star&pub=Chicago+Tribune+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=REBBIE+JACKSON+IS+READY+FOR+HER+TURN+ON+THE+CHARTS&pqatl=google. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  24. ^ a b c "Rebbie Jackson chart history: R&B/hip-hop songs". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/rebbie-jackson/chart-history/20794?f=367&g=Singles. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  25. ^ a b "Michael Jackson's sister to perform in Middlesboro" (Payment required to access full article). Lexington Herald-Leader. (June 17, 1988). http://docs.newsbank.com/g/GooglePM/LH/lib00132,0EB73AC293E2C0B9.html. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
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  29. ^ (1988) Album notes for Yours Faithfully by Rebbie Jackson. MJJ Music.
  30. ^ Mitchell, Quohnos (March 1998). "Yours Faithfully". Vibe (Vibe Media Group) 6 (2). ISSN 1070-4701. http://books.google.com/books?id=iCsEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA156&dq=rebbie+jackson&lr=&as_drrb_is=q&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=&num=100&as_brr=0&ei=7GstS-ylFpSGzQS5oY2fBA&cd=9#v=onepage&q=rebbie%20jackson&f=false. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
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References

  • Campbell, Lisa (1993). Michael Jackson: The King of Pop. Boston, Massachusetts: Branden. ISBN 082831957X. 
  • Dineen, Catherine (1993). Michael Jackson: In His Own Words. London, England: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0711932166. 
  • Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2004). The Magic and the Madness. Terra Alta, West Virginia: Headline. ISBN 0330420054. 

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