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.
In the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, asking prices for even fairly common items like the “Bad” picture disc have shot up. However, collectors can expect to see them stabilize in the near future.
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 Wiz” soundtrack was just the beginning for Jones, Swedien and Jackson. Jones had big plans for Jackson, and they did not involve maintaining his image as this sweet, innocent little boy.
This time around we’ll look at current and upcoming auctions, then check out some highlights from recent memorabilia auctions.
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.
Before he ascended to his throne, Michael Jackson’s solo career took a while to gain traction and ‘Forever, Michael’ was a commercial, and critical, disappointment.
Profiles in History has acquired the original album art for the Jacksons’ Victory album by reknowned artist Michael Whelan. The framed 36" x 21" painting is being consigned by Whelan and will be part of the Profiles in History auction of Hollywood memorabilia scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2.
It’s not quite dawn in the Kenny Gamble household. With everyone fast asleep, the phone rings. It used to be that would mean a call from Michael Jackson.
Going for $5,893, an authentic three-song Abbey Road recording reel was the star of Backstage Auction’s recent The Rockin’ Hot Summer Auction. Received by auction consignor Denny Somach after the “Beatles At Abbey Road” exhibition July through September in 1983, the 10-inch reel (recorded at 7 1/2 IPS) is a dub made direct from the original masters and was made to be played at the exhibition.