Jackson 5 With Randy And Dad

Joe Jackson, Showbiz Patriarch

The dad who prodded Michael, Janet, and their siblings to fame has died of pancreatic cancer.

Joe Jackson, music manager and patriarch of pop's most iconic family (including Michael and Janet), died on Wednesday, June 27, following a fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 89. A complicated figure, Jackson brought his family from humble roots in Gary, Indiana, to the height of fame in California, but his legend also includes unapologetically pushing — sometimes through physical means — his progeny toward success. Here, a look back at the dynasty Jackson helped launch.

CALL HIM JOSEPH Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images CALL HIM JOSEPH His children called him by his first name instead of "Dad." "You had all those kids running hollering around," Jackson said in a 2013 interview with CNN. "They're hollering, 'Dad, Dad, Dad,' you know, and it gets to be — it sounds kind of funny to me. But I didn't care too much about what they called me, just as long as they [were] able to listen to me, and what I had to tell them, you know, in order to make their lives successful. This was the main thing." AT HOME IN CALIFORNIA John Olson/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images AT HOME IN CALIFORNIA In their backyard in Encino, 1970. BUSINESSMAN Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images BUSINESSMAN Joe Jackson photographed circa 1982. He'd come a long way from his days as a crane operator in Gary, Indiana — but the price of success was high. "I was always torn," Michael once said of his father. "On one hand he was this horrible man, then, on the other, he was this amazing manager." JANET JOINS THE SPOTLIGHT Frank Edwards/Getty Images JANET JOINS THE SPOTLIGHT Members of the family pictured in 1977, the year Janet began starring on the sitcom "Good Times." THE 'THRILLER' ERA Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images THE 'THRILLER' ERA Joe and Michael's brothers celebrate his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1984. WITH HIS DAUGHTERS Michael Ochs Archives WITH HIS DAUGHTERS Joe with LaToya (left) and Janet in 1983, a year after Janet's self-titled debut album. In 1986 her career would skyrocket with "Control"; the lyrics of the title song were a declaration of independence from her parents. WITH HIS WIFE OF NEARLY 70 YEARS Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images WITH HIS WIFE OF NEARLY 70 YEARS Joe and the Jackson family matriarch, Katherine, wed in 1949 and had 10 children together. They had long been separated at the time of Joe's death. CELEBRATING JANET'S SUCCESS Jim Smeal/WireImage CELEBRATING JANET'S SUCCESS Joe and wife Katherine were there when the "Rhythm Nation" star got her Hollywood kudos, 1990. JANET'S DATE Jim Smeal/WireImage JANET'S DATE At the "Nutty Professor II" premiere, 2000. SAYING HELLO TO LIZ TAYLOR Kevin Kane/WireImage SAYING HELLO TO LIZ TAYLOR At a 2001 Madison Square Garden show celebrating Michael's 30th anniversary in showbiz, Joe Jackson greets one of his son's best friends. PROVIDING SUPPORT Pool/Getty Images PROVIDING SUPPORT Though their relationship was famously strained — Michael had fired Joe as his manager in 1979 — Joe remained a presence in Michael's life. Here, Joe accompanying Michael to court in 2005, during the King of Pop's trial for child molestation charges (he was ultimately acquitted of all 14 counts). STILL WORKING Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images STILL WORKING Arriving at the 2006 BET Awards, Jackson wears a hat promoting his venture to discover and groom new artists. "Everybody is liking hip-hop now," he told the "Today" show in 2005. "I'm gonna have to clean it up a little bit — all that vulgar language out there." MOURNING MICHAEL Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images MOURNING MICHAEL Arriving in the funeral procession with his grandchildren, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II (a.k.a. Blanket), at his superstar son's funeral on September 3, 2009. “Nobody has ever made music like my son and no one ever will,” he told Radar Online earlier this year. STAIRSTEPS John Olson/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images STAIRSTEPS The Jacksons at home in a photo that appeared on a 1971 cover of LIFE magazine.