Two For Tuesday: The Jackson Five

You might remember last Monday, when I was comparing acts that had the most weeks in the top ten when I was in high school, I said The Jackson Five came in fourth, with 34 total weeks across their six hits. If you were to add in the hit singles done by Michael (three, for 24 weeks) and Jermaine (one for two weeks), they would have the same number of hit records (10) and only one week less (70) than the champions of the period, Karen and Richard Carpenter.

In addition to two #1 songs (“The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”) during the period, they had three songs that reached #2. Since this is Two for Tuesday, I intended to choose two of them, then I figured “why not do all three?” And that’s what I’ve done here.

“Never Can Say Goodbye” hit the WLS Top Ten the week of April 19, 1971 and peaked at #2 the week of May 10, kept from the top spot by Three Dog Night’s “Joy To The World.”

I had a hard time remembering “Mama’s Pearl,” which entered the Top 10 on WLS February 1, 1971 and hit #1 two weeks later, unseating The Osmond Brothers’ “One Bad Apple.” When I heard it again, it all came back to me.

It was three years before the group had another Top Ten single, 1974’s “Dancing Machine.” It entered the Billboard Top Ten on April 27, but didn’t hit WCFL’s Top Ten until a month later, where it peaked at #6. (Oldiesloon has lost several years’ worth of surveys, including WLS’s 1974 surveys.) It did hit #2 nationally. During the hiatus in hit singles, Michael released several singles, including “Rockin’ Robin” and “Ben” in 1972. Jermaine also released a single, “Daddy’s Home,” in 1973.

The Jackson Five, your Two For Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

11 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: The Jackson Five

    1. Michael was always the front man for that group. The others were just his backup singers. The Osmonds were kind of a different story, but I’ll save them for next week.

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  1. I was always aware of the Jackson 5 with their string of hits, but I took greater notice when Michael released Thriller. That’s when I realized the full extent of his talent. The other family members were good, but Michael was definitely “King”.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. No one can doubt his talent. He was a good singer and remarkable dancer. I think his success covered for the fact that he was a basically unhappy individual who had to grow up too quickly. I sincerely doubt he was a pedophile; I think his friendships with Macaulay Culkin and Emmanuel Lewis were a way for him to have the childhood he never had. It made him a target of the tabloid press and the shysters who represented the kids he allegedly had sex with, and I think the suggestion that he did anything to hurt those boys destroyed him. It is indeed a cruel world.


  2. Ugh, John…you’re killing me! Let me be clear: I pressed the ‘like’ button in support of your blogging effort, your research and the reliable way in which you bring the music of our past to life. Even the stuff I had hope would stay buried.


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