Just about one week ago you read a post at WBLK.com regarding Joe Jackson not doing well and reportedly not wanting any visitors including his immediate family.  Now reportedly Joe Jackson has passed at the age of 89.

Despite what people, mostly his children, have said regarding Mr. Jackson being mean and over-bearing, he motivated, helped create, and instilled DRIVE in our most Celebrated Music Artist to date in Michael Jackson.  I often wondered, while hearing LaToya, Michael, Janet or any of the Jackson kids talk negatively about their Dad, what they would have been without a Dad like Joe Jackson.  As quiet as it's kept, I think there are any number of young people, male & female, who would benefit greatly from having a Dad like Mr. Jackson.

As a manager, Jackson launched the career of son Michael Jackson -- along with Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito -- out of Gary, Ind., as the Jackson 5 in the 1960s. The Jackson 5 signed with Berry Gordy's Motown Records, and in 1970, their first four singles ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There") all went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They were the first act to see their first four singles top the Hot 100.

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