Thursday, July 02, 2009

Little-known detail from the life of Michael Jackson

[Art "Afro" Jackson]
It is not widely known that Art Garfunkel was a stage name. His real name before he changed it to his showbiz name was Arthur Jackson. He was the whitest of the Jackson 6 and the first one to make the crossover into mainstream. It is also not widely known that before the name change they were Simon & Jackson.

Though he was the brains and talent of the duo, because of rampant racism in the music industry, Jackson rather than Simon was forced to change his name. The rest is history. Sort of.


  1. After the breakup of the duo, Paul went on to the US Senate, representing Illinois. Alas, Art, having gone back to using Jackson as his name and going back to being black, did not fare so well.

  2. Wow, that's awful. He should have stayed with being Art Garfunkel.

  3. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Is this true?I'm not really convinced it's true.