La Toya Jackson
29 May 1956, Gary, Indiana, USA. As a member of the singing Jackson family, LaToya served her apprenticeship as a backing vocalist to the Jacksons group along with her sisters, Rebbie and Janet Jackson. LaToya embarked on a solo career in 1980, signing to the Polydor Records label. Despite the family connection, LaToyas solo career found difficulty in emulating the success of her younger sister Janet; her highest single chart position was with the US number 56, Heart Dont Lie (1984) on her new label, Private I/Epic. A later label change to RCA Records did not alter her fortunes. She later exacerbated family relations with a nude spread in Playboy magazine, a somewhat scurrilous autobiography in 1991, and by refusing to sanction the 1992 ABC mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream. Driven on by her manager/husband Jack Gordon, Jacksons sporadic recording career nevertheless failed to cash in on the attention. A multi-million dollar...