Destiny, the first album that gives The Jacksons complete artistic control, goes Platinum. The single ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),’ written by Randy and Michael, sells over 2 million copies and becomes a double-platinum selling single here. Then, The Jacksons go Hollywood with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael proves his destiny as a solo artist with the release of Off the Wall – selling 20 million copies worldwide.
Early 1979
The Jackson begin a 13-Day tour of Britain. Seven concerts have to be cancelled due to Michael’s strained voice.
Early 1979
Pickwick Records issue ‘Zip-a-dee-doo-dah,’ which is a compilation of Jackson 5 songs.
January 1st
The Jacksons are on the cover of Jet. magazine
January 22nd
The Jacksons begin a world tour to promote the ‘Destiny’ album.
January 27th 1979
‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ enters the Black Singles Chart peaking at #3 and remains on the charts for 23 weeks. It goes on to become their first multi-platinum single and the biggest-selling hit single The Jacksons ever recorded, with over 2.5 million copies sold.
Tour Dates
April 14-15 Cleveland, Ohio
April 19-22 Valley Forge Music Fair, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
April 25-29 Chicago, Illinois
May 3rd St. Petersburg, Florida
May 6th Jacksonville, Florida
May 10-12 Houston Texas
May 13th Baton Rouge, Louisiana
May 16th Birmingham, Alabama
May 18th Atlanta, Georgia
May 20th Memphis, Tennessee
March 13th 1979
‘Destiny’ is certified Gold.
Spring 1979
The Jacksons fly to Switzerland for
2 days to film two numbers for an ABBA special:
‘Shake Your Body Down To The Ground’ and ‘Blame it on the Boogie’.
April 13th
‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ is certified Gold.
June 11th 1979
‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ is certified Platinum.
Late June
The Jacksons begin recording ‘Triumph’ (LP).
May 24th Pine Bluff, Arkansas
May 26th Kansas City, Missouri
May 27th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 30th Shreveport, Lousiana
June 1st Norfolk, Virginia
June 3rd Columbia, South Carolina
June 9th Washington, DC
October The Jacksons DESTINY 80-City World Tour
begins in New Orleans, Louisiana
November 8th The Jacksons appear in concert at
Nassau Coliseum in Hampstead, New York