October 1970 – I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5

October 1970 – a song popular in this month – I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5

This was the first Jackson 5 hit not written by “The Corporation,” a collection of Motown writers lead by the chief of the label, Berry Gordy.

Interesting facts about I’ll Be There & The Jackson 5 –

In this song, a man tells his former lover that he will always be there for her, and that even if she finds someone new, she can always go back to him.

The lead vocals were shared by Michael and Jermaine Jackson.

At one point Michael hollers, “Just look over your shoulders, honey.” He had been instructed by Berry Gordy to sing “just look over your shoulder”, but the fluffed line was allowed to remain in the final mix.

In 1975 Gloria Gaynor recorded a Disco cover of this entitled ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” which peaked at #14 in the UK and #60 in the US.

Mariah Carey remade this in 1992.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

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