is the fourth studio album by American singer La Toya Jackson
, released in 1986
On her early '80s albums for Polydor, Jackson was able to make up for what she lacked in vocal talent with an energetic, youthful approach to the music -- in part inspired by able, live backing musicians. As the '80s rolled on and synthesizer arrangements became the standard, however, she seemed to lose that touch. Tracks here like "On a Night Like This" and "Baby Sister" are too cute and overdone to be taken seriously. And "Love Talk" is a weak attempt at being a midnight-hour, come-hither slow jam. The album's lone notable track is the catchy "How Do I Tell Them," which, with its instantly memorable chorus and gripping rhythmic structure, is hard to resist. Otherwise, it's mostly disposable material.
La Toya Yvonne Jackson (age 63) is the fifth and middle child of the Jackson family (in the center of this 1977 photo)...
Jackson aspired to be an attorney specializing in business law. She attended college for a short time before her father insisted that she pursue a career in show business like the rest of the family. Michael and La Toya would not move out of the family's Encino, Los Angeles, California home until they were 30 and 31 respectively. She dated Diana Ross' brother, Chico. She also dated Bobby DeBarge and was the inspiration for Switch's 1979 hit "I Call Your Name".
She released nine studio albums over the course of fifteen years. Her most successful release was her self-titled debut album (1980). La Toya only wanted her first name on the album. "I begged just to have it 'La Toya'. But my father said, 'It's your last name. You got to use it.' She provided backing vocals on brother Michael's 1983 solo hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)".
Her 1985 single "Baby Sister"
was a notable success, from her 1986 album Imagination
, released just before Jackson's record label, Private-I, went bankrupt.
Jackson posed for Playboy magazine in 1989 and again in 1991 to promote her New York Times Best Seller La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family. In a 1994 video for the magazine, she became one of the first celebrities to have a Playboy video released.
La Toya later released two albums, one of country music, From Nashville to You, and another of Motown hits, Stop in the Name of Love, in the mid-1990s.
La Toya Jackson was one of the first siblings present at Reagan-UCLA Medical Center on June 25, 2009, after brother Michael Jackson was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac arrest. She was named as the informant on her brother's death certificate. Jackson requested a second autopsy to be carried out after noting suspicious medical paraphernalia in Michael's rented house, evasive behavior by his doctors, and discovering that $2 million in cash and jewels had gone missing. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Jackson's death a homicide weeks later.