The Jackson 5's Tito Jackson is now a Wolves fan - with pictures and video
Wolves may have not got the result they wanted against Bristol City – but they earned themselves a new supporter.
Motown legend and Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson was a special guest at the Molineux for the club’s Championship game against The Robins on Tuesday night.
After arriving at the city’s railway station, the 63-year-old was taken to the stadium in a private car, where he spoke to fans and was given a scarf.
He then went on the pitch before the game and was interviewed about his new album Tito Time.
Speaking on the experience, he said: “I very much enjoyed my first soccer game in Wolverhampton.
“I was lucky enough to meet Jack, which was great.
“My visit to Wolverhampton was brief, but hopefully I’ll be invited back soon.”
The pop star signed with Motown Records alongside his brothers at the age of 16 – and now, nearly 50 years later, he is releasing his first-ever solo material.
Listen to We Made It - a single from Tito's album Tito Time here:
He had never been to Wolverhampton, but said he jumped at the chance to watch Wolves during a break in his promotional tour of the UK.
The Jackson Five icon was happy to talk about his new album Tito Time, which is out on sale now.
He said: “The family members suggested I should take on a project – and I thought it would be great to have a project for the fans too.
“So I made this album – and it’s my first one.
“It feels great. It’s a different time, a different day, but it feels great.”
The album features rapper Big Daddy Kane, diva Betty Wright and soul star Jocelyn Brown – as well as his three sons TJ, Taryll and Taj, who form R’n’B group 3T.
He said: “It was quite different working with my sons from 3T on the new album because they got the chance to tell me what to do. They enjoyed it very much. I pretty much just let them have their way. It was a lot of fun working with Jocelyn Brown on the album too.”
Looking back at his formative years, Tito sees his childhood fame in a bright light, saying their time travelling the world was ‘very fun’.
He was just 14 when The Jackson Five were signed to their first record company, moving on to record icons Motown Records within the next two years.
The group achieved their first number one in the US with I Want You Back in the same year – and timeless favourites such as Rockin’ Robin, ABC and I’ll Be There followed the next year in 1970.
He said: “We started out in music very young. We were just having fun travelling the world and making music. It was a lot of fun.”
Little Michael was leading the band by then, having taken on lead vocals at the age of just seven.
He said: “Michael is always remembered in our songs.”
During the build-up to Tuesday night’s game the Star Wars theme was also played in a nod to Wolves other celebrity fan, Mark Hamill AKA Luke Skywalker, who recently tweeted his support for the club.