“The Jacksons” sessions (1976)


Recording sessions : June–October 1976

RODUCED BY Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Dexter Wansel, The Jacksons.
ARRANGERS Dexter Wansel; Bobby Martin ; Jack Faith.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff
RECORDING LOCATION Recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Paragon Studios, Chicago, Illinois.

Label : Epic CBS Records

Release date : November 27, 1976

Peak on Billboard 200 : 36

Original track listing from the album

“Enjoy Yourself” (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 3:24
“Think Happy” (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 3:07
“Good Times” (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 4:57
“Keep on Dancing” (Dexter Wansel) – 4:31
“Blues Away” (Michael Jackson) – 3:12

“Show You the Way to Go” (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 5:30
“Living Together” (Dexter Wansel) – 4:26
“Strength of One Man” (Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Victor Carstarphen) – 3:56
“Dreamer” (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 3:05
“Style of Life” (Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson) – 3:19

Demos/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

Others songs from this era

Singles and short films

1st single : “Enjoy Yourself” (released on October 29, 1976)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 6

Short film directed by : ?

Date of shooting : ?

Date of premiere : November 1976

Official release : On DVD in 2010 (Vision, long version) and on The Jacksons’ You Tube official page.

2nd single : “Show You the Way to Go” (released on January 6, 1977)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 28

No short film

3rd single : “Dreamer” (released on August 13, 1977 in UK only)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

No short film

Promotion (TV performances/Award Shows/magazine covers etc.)

June 16, 1976 : CBS airs the first episode of The Jacksons Variety Show. The show based on their Las Vegas set features The Jacksons + The Jackson Sisters (Rebbie, LaToya & Janet). Special guest star : Sonny Bono. Songs performed :”Forever Came Today”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, “More Than You Know”/”Am I Blue?”/”For Once in My Life”/ “Try a Little Tenderness”, “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”, “Dancing Machine”.

June 23, 1976 : CBS airs the 2nd episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star -: Mackenzie Phillips. Songs performed : “(You Were Made) Especially For Me”,
“Do The Fonz”, “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll”/”Deep Purple”Convoy”, “Junkfood Junkie”, “Ben”, “Goin’ Back to Indiana”.

June 30, 1976 : CBS airs the 3rd episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Ed McMahon. Songs performed :”Rockin’ Robin”, “Flat Foot Floogie”, “World of Sunshine”, “Save The Bones for Henry Jones”, “The Love You Save”.

July 1976 : The Jacksons are guests on The Tonight Show where they give an interview and perform 2 songs.

July 7, 1976 : CBS airs the 4th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Joey Bishop. Songs performed :”ABC” “Fever”, “I Got You Babe”,”Down by the Old Mill Stream”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”.

September 1976 : The Jacksons perform “Good Times” “Enjoy Yourself,  “Think Happy” at “Nochevieja” (Spain)

January 19, 1977 : CBS airs the 5th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Redd Foxx. Songs performed : “Enjoy Yourself”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”/”Puttin’ on the Ritz”, “Blues Away”, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means You’re Grand)”, “Keep on Dancing”.

January 26, 1977 : CBS airs the 6th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Carroll O’Connor. Songs performed : “Hum Along and Dance”,”Get Happy”/”I Got Rhythm”
“I Got You Babe”, “Coconut”,”I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart”/”Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”/”Caravan”/”Take the “A” Train”, “Show You the Way to Go”.

January 31, 1977 : The Jacksons perform “Good Times” at The American Music Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica and Janet presents an award as Mae West.

February 2, 1977 : CBS airs the 7th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Dom DeLuise/
George Miller/Muhammad Ali. Songs performed : “Moving Violation”,”On the Wall” “That’s the Way (I Like It)”, “Style of Life”, “Steppin’ Out”, “Hello, Dolly!”, “Life of the Party”.

February 8, 1977  : The Jacksons are guests on Mike Douglas show Mike Douglas Show (taped in Philadelphia) where they perform “Enjoy Yourself’, “Dreamer’ & “Show You The Way To Go”.

February 9, 1977 : CBS airs the 8th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Betty White. Songs performed : “Get It Together”, “On The Wall”, “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, “Dreamer”, “Opus No. 1”, “Just a Little Bit of You”.

February 16, 1977 : CBS airs the 9th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Georgia Engel/David Letterman. Songs performed : “Sugar Daddy”, “On The Wall”,”Cisco Kid”/”I Shot the Sheriff”,”One”, “Ben”, “I Am Love”.

February 19, 1977 : The Jacksons present an award to Nathalie Cole at the Grammy Awards.

February 23, 1977 : CBS airs the 10th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars :John Byner/Nicholas Brothers. Songs performed : “What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You”
“On the Wall”,”Midnight at the Oasis”,”Get Ready”,”Good Times” “I Can’t Quit Your Love”.

February 26, 1977 : The Jacksons perform “One Day in Your Life”, “I’ll Be There”, “Body Language (Do the Love Dance)” on Súper Sábado Sensacional TV show taped in Caracas, Venezuela.

March 1977 : Michael is on the cover of Rock & Soul Magazine.

March 2, 1977 : CBS airs the 11th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest star : Lynda Carter. Songs performed “Think Happy”, “On The Wall”, “On the Good Ship Lollipop”, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”,”Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, “Living Together”, “I’ll Be There”.

March 9, 1977 : CBS airs the 12th episode of The Jacksons Variety Show.  Special guest stars : Tim Conway/David Letterman. Songs performed : “Dancing Machine”, “On the Wall”
“Behind Closed Doors”, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”, “I’m Going To Jackson”, “Flat Foot Floogie”,”World of Sunshine”,”Body Language.

May 17, 1977 : The Jacksons perform “Forever Came Today”, “Show You The Way To Go” and a Motown medley medley at Kings’s Theatre in Glasgow as part of the Royal Command Performance celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. The groups meets Queen Elizabeth for the second time.

May 19, 1977 : The Jacksons perform “Show You The Way To Go” on Top Of The Pops in London.

May 21, 1977 : The Jacksons perform “Enjoy Yourself”, “Show You the Way to Go”, “Dreamer”, “Keep on Dancing” on Musikladen, Bremen, Germany.

Late May 1977 : The Jacksons perform “Think Happy” & “Show You The Way To Go” on TopPop taped at AVRO TV Studio, Hilversum, Netherlands (aired on July 19).

May 30, 1977 : The Jacksons perform “Keep On Dancing” on Numéro Un Joe Dassin taped at the Buttes-Chaumont Studios in Paris, France.


The Jacksons Tour 1977 

Previous era : Moving Violation (1975)

Following era : Goin Places (1977)

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