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While Marlon was still a child, his older brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine formed an early incarnation of what would become the Jackson 5. Marlon and younger brother Michael soon joined the group, initially as percussionists. In the early years of the group, Marlon had trouble singing and keeping up with dance steps. [citation needed] While Michael was more of a natural, Marlon had to work a little harder. However, through his perseverance, he became a proficient singer, songwriter, producer, and especially a dancer, where he is known for being the main choreographer behind many of the group's signature dance routines such as the Funk Shovel and what is known as the Jackson Point Dance. [citation needed] To this day, all of the brothers always call him the "Dancingest Jackson" which was a term he came up with when Carol Burnett asked them to come up with nicknames that describe their personalities and all the brothers agreed. [citation needed] On the Jackson 5's "Up on the Housetop" from their Christmas album, Michael sings describing what each brother wants for Christmas. When he goes to Marlon, he says: