“Ben” era (1972-1973)

Ben

Recording sessions : November 1971 – February 1972

Studios : Motown studios, Los Angeles.

Label : Motown

Release date : August 4, 1972

Peak on Billboard 200 : 5

Original track listing 

1. “Ben” (recorded November 1971) Walter Scharf, Don Black 2:42
2. “Greatest Show on Earth” (recorded December 1971 – February 1972) Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino 2:47
3. “People Make the World Go Round” (recorded December 1971 – February 1972) Thom Bell, Linda Creed 3:15
4. “We’ve Got a Good Thing Going” (recorded December 1971 – February 1972) The Corporation (Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy, Deke Richards, Freddie Perren) 3:01
5. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” (recorded December 1971 – February 1972) Gladys Hampton, Regina Adams, Ace Adams 2:58
6. “My Girl” (recorded December 1971 – February 1972) Smokey Robinson, Ronald White 3:05
7. “What Goes Around Comes Around” (recorded December 1971 – February 1972) Allen Levinsky, Arthur Stokes, Dana Meyers, Floyd Weatherspoon 3:35
8. “In Our Small Way” (recorded July – November 1971) Beatrice Verdi, Christine Yarian 3:39
9. “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” (recorded December 1971 – February 1972) Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder 3:19
10. “You Can Cry on My Shoulder” (recorded November – December 1971) Berry Gordy 2:32

Demos/Alternate Versions

Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

Others songs from this era

Songs known to exist but never released/leaked

Singles and charts

1st single : “Ben” (released on July 12, 1972)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

TV peformances

The Jackson 5 Third US Tour 1972

The Jackson 5 European Tour 1972

Previous era : « Lookin’ Through the Windows » era (1971-1972)

Following era : « Skywriter » era (1972-1973)

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