**FILE** In this Friday, May 23, 2014 file photo, Joe Jackson arrives for the screening of Sils Maria at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, file)

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family of superstars, was laid to rest earlier this month at a small ceremony in Los Angeles.

Jackson died last month at a hospice in Las Vegas. He was 89.

His widow, Katherine Jackson, and two children Janet and Jackie were among those in attendance during the private service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale — also the burial site of Jackson’s megastar son Michael, who died in 2009.

Motown legend Stevie Wonder and singer Johnny Gill were also in attendance at the July 2 service.

After his own failed musical aspirations, Joseph Jackson help launch his children to international stardom in the 1960s and 1970s. He managed the Jackson 5 before the group left Motown and was rebranded as the Jacksons.

Ultimately, the patriarch is responsible for the emergence of Michael Jackson, arguably the biggest star in music history.

Born in 1928 in the one-horse town of Fountain Hill, Arkansas, Joe’s grandfather was a slave and he later described his upbringing as “lonely” and with “few friends,” according to his biography.

His parents separated when he was 12 and after a period living with his father in California, he moved to be with his mother and four siblings in a Chicago suburb and pursued his dream of becoming a professional boxer.

Jackson would later form the Jackson 5 with his sons, and the group’s first single, “I Want You Back,” shot straight to No. 1. The Jackson 5 set a world record as the first musical act ever to sell 10 million records in 10 months.

With Jackson managing his children, they became world-renowned stars.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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