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

November 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.

Mariah Carey remade this in 1992. It was originally a last-minute addition to her MTV Unplugged setlist, after she had been informed that most acts on the show commonly perform at least one cover.

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.

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30 thoughts on “November 1970 – I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5

  1. This is a simple song, and not a favorite. It was nice to hear it again as I remember those days when Michael stole the spotlight from his brothers. A shame because I wonder if the spotlight had been bigger, less focused, then would his talent have been retained and could he have matured to be a father, and more.

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