January : The Jackson 5 receive their first Image Award from the NAACP for Best Singing Group of the year.

January 31 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back” on the Andy Williams Show.

February 21 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and a medley of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/There Was A Time” on American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.

February 24 : The single “ABC” is released (number 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard)


The Jackson 5 First National Tour 1970


2 May Civic Auditorium Philadelphia, PA
19 June Cow Palace San Francisco, CA
20 June The Forum Los Angeles, CA
12 August Cobo Arena Detroit, MI Joe Louis Tribute Concert
30 August San Francisco, CA Motown sales convention
9 October Boston Garden Boston, MA
10 October Cincinnati Garden Cincinnati, OH
11 October Mid-South Coliseum Memphis, TN
16 October Madison Square Garden New York, NY
17 October Olympia Stadium Detroit, MI
18 October Amphitheater Chicago, IL two shows, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
28 November War Memorial Auditorium Rochester, NY
27 December Coliseum Charlotte, NC
28 December Coliseum Greensboro, NC
29 December Municipal Auditorium Nashville, TN
30 December Coliseum Jacksonville, FL

May 8 : The album “ABC” is released and it becomes number 1!

May 10 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

May 13 : The single “The Love You Save” is released (number 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard)

June 1 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Soul Magazine.

June 20 : Concert at the Los Angeles Forum ( California ) before an audience of 18 000. At one point in the show, teenage girls invade the stage forcing the group to run for safety!

Diana Ross & the Jackson family attend the show including Joe, Katherine and Michael’s grandparents.

August 28 : The single “I’ll Be There” is released and becomes the fourth consecutive number 1 single of the group on the Hot 100 Billboard which is a premiere in the industry!

August 6 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Jet magazine for the first time.

September 8 : The “Third Album” is released and becomes number 1.

September 17 : The J5 perform “The Love You Save” & “I’ll Be There” at the Jim Nabors Show

October 9 : The Jackson 5 kick off their first national tour in Boston (Massachussets) They are accompanied by a private tutor, Rose Fine.

October 15 : The “Jackson 5 Christmas Album” is released on Motown.

October 16 : The J5 give their first concert at the Madison Square Garden in NYC.

November : The Jackson family moves in a new house rented by Motown at
Bowmont Drive, in Beverly Hills.

The single “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is released by Motown. –

December 24 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Jet magazine.


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