So, it appears that the Jackson 5 — complete with Michael — will be coming to a city near you in 2008 on their “Reunion Tour”. Evidently, Michael’s vast empire has eroded to the point where he’s going to have to get back out on the road. Can’t say that I’m sorry as the J5, in their prime, were BOSS.
Color me crazy, but I would definitely pay to see Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and the Gloved One, once again. You see, in 1970, when I became musically aware, these guys were rivaled only by The Osmonds. Each had Saturday morning cartoons that I NEVER missed.
Of course, this was before Michael’s solo career and subsequent change from black to white.
Scary, I know. But in the ’70s the J5 were the epitome of Pop Music Dynasty and Michael was the Prince (no pun intended).
While their body of work is not put up against the greats of the era like The Beatles or The Stones, The Jackson 5 were just as important to music during the same time frame. Their music was fun, endearing and exposed their extreme talent. Whatever happened to cause Michael’s foray into nutdom is unfortunate, but he was an integral part of a revolutionary band of brothers that produced some pretty phenomenal stuff….and dance!! OMG….
I Want You Back
I’ll Be There
Let it Be
I remember watching this in ’72 on the Sonny & Cher show. I was mesmerized.
One of my absolute favorite songs…2nd grade, on the swings…
Got to Be There
Hard to believe that this kid is like 12, singing this with such presence.
Pappa Was a Rollin’ Stone
Ah yes, 1977….when there was no such thing as political ko-RECK-ness.
J5 + 2 on Carol Burnett (Is it just me or is Michael way too comfortable playing Diana Ross?)
ETA: The Love You Save — per brc
Blame it on The Boogie
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
No matter what zaniness the years has brought the Jacksons, it’s hard to ignore the obvious talent and dedication that this family had to performing music. It will be interesting to see if they can fill up the auditoriums and if anyone really cares anymore.
Never Can Say Goodbye