“Skywriter” (1973)


Recording sessions : 1972–1973

Studios : Motown studios, Los Angeles.

Label : Motown

Release date : March 29, 1973

Peak on Billboard 200 : 44

Original track listing from the album released on March 29, 1973 (recorded 1972-1973)

“Skywriter” (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 3:08
“Hallelujah Day” (Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian) – 2:46
“The Boogie Man” (Deke Richards) – 2:56
“Touch” (originally performed by the Supremes) (Pam Sawyer, Frank Wilson) – 3:00
“Corner of the Sky” (from the Broadway musical Pippin) (recorded 1972) (Stephen Schwartz) – 3:33
“I Can’t Quit Your Love” (originally performed by the Four Tops) (Leonard Caston, Kathy Wakefield) – 3:12
“Uppermost” (Clifton Davis) – 2:26
“World of Sunshine” (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 2:45
“Ooh, I’d Love to Be with You” (Fonce Mizell, Larry Mizell) – 2:49
“You Made Me What I Am” (The Corporation) – 2:50

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


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 Get It Together. The bonus tracks were the outtakes “Pride and Joy”, “Love’s Gone Bad” and “Love Is the Thing You Need”. Each of these tracks also appear on the compilation album Joyful Jukebox Music/Boogie.

Others songs from this era

Singles and short films

1st single : “Corner Of The Sky” (released on October 2, 1972)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 18

2nd single :“Hallelujah Day” (released on February 26, 1973)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 28

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

November 4, 1972 : In the US, Soul Train Show airs a Jackson Five special where they perform I Want You Back, Lookin’ Through The Windows & Corner Of The Sky. Jermaine performs That’s How Love Goes & Daddy’s Home.    Michael performs Ben

November 5, 1972 :  In The UK he Royal Variety Performance featuring the J5 is aired on the BBC. The group sings I Want You back, ABC, Rockin Robin, We Thank You & The Love You Save.

November 9, 1972 : The Jackson 5 perform Lookin’ Through The Windows & Rockin Robin an british TV show Top Of The Pops.

January 10, 1973 : The Jackson 5 appear on the Dick Cavett Show.


The Jackson 5 on tour 1970-1976 

Previous era : « Ben » (1972)

Following era : « Music & Me » (1973)

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