Jermaine: From 'Jackson' to 'Jacksun'
MANILA, Philippines - On November 7, Michael Jackson's older brother Jermaine requested that his name be changed to "something a bit brighter" according to a report from Rolling Stone.
The name he wants? Jermaine Jacksun.
The name-change petition was filed in a Los Angeles court.
According to the Rolling Stone report (attributed to the Associated Press) the "shift was for artistic reasons."
For a friend of Jermaine's, Steve Dennis, the name-change is "not uncommon" among artists.
Dennis was also reported to have said, "Phonetically, it changes nothing."
Jermaine is the 4th of 10 Jackson kids. He was originally the lead vocals and rhythm guitar player of the Jackson 5 family band, and later switched to back-up vocals and bass guitar when youngest brother Michael took over lead vocals.
He spoke at Michael's funeral in 2009.
Jermaine was an erstwhile producer for Switch, the band of Motown musician Bobby de Barge in the 1970s and also for Whitney Houston.
On February 22, 2013, Jermaine will find out if he may officially become a "Jacksun." - Rappler.com