LaToya Jackson

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LaToya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956 in Gary, Indiana) is one of the many siblings in the family which has produced such highly successful musical acts as The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson. She was the first Jackson sister to pursue a solo career. However, her albums were always critically panned and, although they sold moderately well, it was generally believed this was due to her siblings' popularity. She did have an American top sixty hit in the 1980s with the song "Heart Don't Lie".

LaToya has caused much controversy; she appeared nude in Playboy magazine, wrote an autobiography called Growing Up in The Jackson Family, went shopping with a boa constrictor around her neck, and stated that the allegations of child abuse against her brother, Michael Jackson, were true. Years later, however, she said that her words were being given to her by ex-husband and former manager Jack Gordon. After an abusive six years, Jackson filed for divorce in 1995. After it was finalized a year later, she reconciled with her family in 1997 and now says her "black sheep" image was a creation by Gordon and his management team.

Her latest album is set to be released in 2005. It produced a Top 20 single, "Just Wanna Dance." She released the song to the radios using the stage name "Toy", thus it was judged by its own merits, not by her surname. The album's second single, "Free The World", reached #24 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music & Club Play chart. The album is planned to be released this summer.

Albums

  • LaToya Jackson (1980)
  • My Special Love (1982)
  • Heart Don't Lie (1984)
  • Imagination (1986)
  • LaToya (also called You're Gonna Get Rocked, 1988)
  • Bad Girl (1989)
  • No Relations (1991)
  • From Nashville To You: My Country Collection (a compilation of covers of country songs, 1994)
  • Stop In The Name Of Love (a compilation of covers of Motown hits of the 60s and 70s, 1995)
  • Startin' Over (2005).

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