“Third Album” (1970)


Recording sessions : April–July 1970

Studios : Motown studios, Los Angeles.

Label : Motown

Release date : September 8, 1970

Peak on Billboard 200 : 4

Original track listing

“I’ll Be There” (Berry Gordy, Jr., Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch) – 3:59
“Ready or Not (Here I Come)” (Thom Bell, William Hart; originally performed by The Delfonics) – 2:34
“Oh How Happy” (Edwin Starr aka Charles Hatcher; originally performed by the Shades of Blue) – 2:16
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Paul Simon; originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel) – 5:52
“Can I See You in the Morning” (Deke Richards) – 3:09
“Goin’ Back to Indiana” (The Corporation) – 3:32
“How Funky Is Your Chicken” (Lester Lee Carr, Richard Hutch, Willie Hutch) – 2:41
“Mama’s Pearl” (The Corporation) – 3:09on
“Reach In” (Beatrice Verdi) – 3:28
“The Love I Saw In You Was Just a Mirage” (Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin; originally performed by the Miracles) – 4:22
“Darling Dear” (George Horgay Gordy, Robert Gordy, Allen Story) – 2:40

In 2001, Motown Records remastered all J5 albums in a “Two Classic Albums/One CD” series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired up with Maybe Tomorrow. The bonus tracks were “Sugar Daddy”, the only new track on their 1971 greatest hits set, and “I’m So Happy”, the B-side of that single.

Demos/Alternate Versions/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

Others songs from this era

Singles and short films

1st single : “I’ll Be There (released on August 28, 1970)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

2nd single : “Mama’s Pearl” (released on January 7, 1971)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 2

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

September 17, 1970 : The J5 perform The Love You SaveShortnin Bread, Let It be & I’ll Be There at the Jim Nabors Show.

January 31, 1971: The Jackson 5 return to Gary ( Indiana ) for the first time to play two benefits concerts for for Mayor Richard Hatcher’s re-election campaign at Westside High School and they receive the key to the city. A ceremony is held outside their former home at 2300 Jackson Street. The event is filmed for a TV Special.


The Jackson 5 on tour 1970-1976

Previous era : « ABC »(1970)

Following era : « Jackson 5 Christmas Album » (1970)

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