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The buzz going around Motown after the Jackson 5 auditioned for Berry Gordy on July 23, 1968, was deafening.
Here was a seemingly rag-tag group of siblings — the oldest being Jackie at age 17 — from Gary, Ind., with a strict tyrant of a father and a devout Jehovah’s Witness of a mother, that danced up a storm and sang like angels. And they did it so professionally that they were about to outshine many of Motown’s biggest adult stars.
As far as the Jackson 5 were concerned, the magic wouldn’t last much longer.
1971 would see the Jackson 5 score two #2 hits, with “Mama’s Pearl” and the ballad “Never Can Say Goodbye.” Then the wildfire that was the Jackson 5 began to show signs of diminishing, as “Maybe Tomorrow,” still an R&B Top 5 fave, became their first single not to make the pop Top Ten.
The artists who participated in the recording of “We Are The World” were all told beforehand by producer Quincy Jones to check their egos at the door.
What a humbling experience it must have been to be a part of a project that not only yielded the biggest-selling single ever, but also raised millions of dollars for famine relief in drought-stricken Africa.