“Dancing Machine” (1974)

Dancing

Recording sessions : 1974

Studios : Motown studios, Los Angeles.

Label : Motown

Release date : September 5, 1974

Peak on Billboard 200 : 16

Original track listing from the album released on September 5, 1974 (recorded in 1973-1974)

“I Am Love” (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, Ronnie Rancifer) – 7:29
“Whatever You Got, I Want” (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 2:58
“She’s a Rhythm Child” (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Ruth Talmage) – 2:39
“Dancing Machine” (Donald Fletcher, Hal Davis, Weldon Dean Parks) – 2:43
“The Life of the Party” (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Tamy Smith) – 2:35
“What You Don’t Know” (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 4:25
“If I Don’t Love You This Way” (Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer) – 3:28
“It All Begins and Ends with Love” (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 3:07
“The Mirrors of My Mind” (Charlotte O’Hara, Donald Fletcher, Nita Garfield) – 3:08

Re-release

In 2001, Motown Records remastered all Jackson 5 albums in a “Two Classic Albums/One CD” series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired up with Moving Violation. The bonus tracks were the outtakes “Through Thick and Thin” and the Disc-o-Tech #3 Remix of “Forever Came Today”.

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

Others songs from this era

Singles and short films

1st single : “Dancing Machine” (released on February 19, 1974)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 2

2nd single :“Whatever You Got, I Want” (released on October 1, 1974)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 2

3rd single : “The Life Of The Party” (released on November 29, 1974 in UK only)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

4th single : “I Am Love” (released on December 23, 1974)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 15

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

March 2, 1974 : The Jackson 5 present an award to Gladys Knight & The Pips during the Grammy Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

March 7, 1974 : The Jackson 5 are on the cover of Jet Magazine.

March 11, 1974 : Michael sings When I Grow Up with Roberta Flack at the Free To Be… You and Me TV show.

March 16, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform Dancing Machine & This Old Man/ABC at the Carol Burnett Show. Janet makes her TV debut and performs with Randy a Sonny & Cher skit.

April 3, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform It’s Too Late To Change the Time & Dancing Machine at the Mike Douglas Show.

April 4, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform Let It Be, Never Can Say Goodbye & Dancing Machine at the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

April 9, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform It’s Too Late To Change The Time & Dancing Machine at the Merv Griffin Show.

April 10, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back/ABC at the Sandy in Disneyland TV special.

August 1974: The Jackson family is on the cover of Jet Magazine.

August 19, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform Dancing Machine & a medley of Killing Me Softly with his song/By The Time I Get To Phoenix/Danny Boy at the Tonight Show with Bill Cosby.

September 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform Dancing Machine at the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

September 3, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform Dancing Machine at the Merv Griffin Show. Janet & Randy perform their Vegas skit.

September 22, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform Life Of The Party at the Sonny Comedy Revue.

October 19, 1974 : Michael performs Whatever You Got I Want, What You Don’t Know & If I Don’t Love You This Way at the Soul Train Show.

November 15, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform Dancing Machine & It’s Too Late To Change The Time at the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

January 25, 1975 : The Jackson 5 perform “Life Of The Party” on the Carol Burnett Show (taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City).

February 18, 1975 : Michael accepts an award on behalf of Diana Ross at the American Music Awards and he also presents an award with Janet to Gladys Knight & The Pips.

March 16, 1975 : The Jackson 5 appear on the Cher TV show.They are introduced by Janet and they perform I Am Love + a skit called The World Is a Mess and finally Cher joins the group to perform a medley of I Want You Back/I’ll Be There/Never Can Say Goodbye/The Love You Save/Dancing Machine.

Concerts

The Jackson 5 on tour 1970-1976 

Previous era : « G.I.T.: Get It Together »  (1973)

Following era : « Forever, Michael » (1975)

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