I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on January 24th of 1970 The Jackson 5 top Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart with “I Want You Back”. This was the first Jackson 5 single released by Motown Records. It launched their career and went to #1 in the US, as did their next three releases: “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.” This was written by a team of Motown writers called The Corporation. The head of the label, Berry Gordy, was one of the writers. They were based in California, unlike most Motown writers who were in the Detroit offices. This was intended for Gladys Knight & The Pips, and at one point Diana Ross was going to record it, but Berry Gordy decided to change the title and some of the lyrics and use it for his newly-signed group of boys, the Jackson 5. Gordy went out of his way to make this a hit. He was very high on The Jackson 5, and felt they were the perfect group to prove that Motown could continue it’s success through the ’70s. At the time, this was the most expensive Motown single ever recorded. When this topped the Hot 100, the 11-year-old Michael Jackson became the youngest person to feature in an American #1. The song nearly topped the UK charts just missing peaking at #2.