Jackson 5 Era

In August 1969, shortly before Michael turned 11, the Jackson 5 opened for Diana Ross at the L.A. Forum,
and in December, they issued their debut album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.
On October 7, 1969, the Jackson 5 released their first single, "I Want You Back," a Corporation
composition that had originally been intended for Gladys Knight.
It was an instant smash, hitting number one on both the pop and R&B charts.
So did their next two singles, "ABC" and "The Love You Save" (both from their second album, ABC), which solidified
the group's so-called bubblegum-soul sound and certified them as pop sensations.
Third Album was released before year's end, spawning the hit ballad "I'll Be There," which not only proved
that the group (and lead singer Michael) were more mature and versatile than their bright, bouncy initial singles let on,
but also made them the first group in pop history to have their first four singles hit number one.
It also became the best-selling single in Motown history, spending a stellar five weeks at number one.
And it had still been less than a year since the group's national debut.

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