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La Toya Jackson (1980)

“La Toya Jackson” is La Toya’s self-titled debut, released at the end of 1980 via Polydor Records. Boosted heavily by the presence of renowned players like Ray Parker, Jr., Patrice Rushen, Stevie Wonder and Emilio Castillo, La Toya became the fifth family member to record a solo album. In a 1984 interview, La Toya said of that in order to distinguish herself from her famous brothers, 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.’ But I wanted to see what I could do as an individual.”

The album is most known for its two singles, “If You Feel the Funk” and “Night Time Lover,” the latter of which was produced by Michael Jackson, who also provides backing vocals on the refrain.

The album peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200, #26 on the Billboard R&B charts, and #178 in the UK.

The album saw its first CD release in 1992 in Japan. Because of its rarity, Church of La Toya petitioned UK reissue label Cherry Red to release the album for the first time in the UK. It was eventually released on May 22, 2006 and had since sold through four print runs. Unfortunately, Cherry Pop did not source the master tapes and instead transferred the tracks from vinyl.