The Kirk Gleason 5

LANE: Once, a guy in our town named Kirk was practicing “Bohemian Rhapsody” with his band, the Kirk Gleason Five …

Kirk’s band name is a possible allusion to The Jackson 5, a pop band composed of brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson, previously discussed and frequently mentioned. They released their first singles in 1967, and had numerous hits, including the award-winning #1 songs “ABC”, “I Want You Back”, and “I’ll Be There”.

The Jackson 5 received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1980, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. They changed their name to The Jacksons in 1976.

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