Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jackson 5: Third Album (nice title!)

Jackson 5 - Third Album.  Really - that's the best title BG (Berry Gordy, Jr.) could come up with?  That's really not like him.  He was such a marketing genius.

    Produced by Hal Davis, "Third Album was an album released by The Jackson 5 on Motown Records, and the group's second LP released in 1970.  Third Album featured the group's fourth consecutive number-one single on the US pop charts, "I'll Be There," the Top 5 single, "Mama's Pearl," and album tracks such as the semi-autobiographical "Goin' Back to Indiana," and "Darling Dear."  The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard album charts and #1 on the R&B album charts and also #1 on Cashbox.  This is considered one of their best efforts and is their most successful album to date.  It sold over 6 million copies worldwide. The album is known in some countries as I'll Be There."  As for Hal Davis:  A "Songwriter and record producerbest known as the key figure in the latter part of the Motown career of The Jackson 5.  Davis was the co-writer and producer of Jackson 5 hits such as "I'll Be There" and "Dancing Machine," and Eddie Kendricks' "Can I."  Davis also produced for Bette MidlerBobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Brenda Holloway, Thelma Houston, Joy Holden, Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Little Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Junior Walker, and The Miracles.  He was a producer and writer for Motown Records for nearly thirty years.  He and Marc Gordon opened Mowest, Motown's west coast office division, in the late 1960s.  He first had some regional hits with "Do The Del Viking" by Patrice Holloway and "Moment to Remember" by Jenell Hawkins on his own label.

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