“Rockin’ Robin (Live at the Forum)” – Michael Jackson (Jackson 5)
Excerpt from Live at the Forum – Disc 2 (1972)
Today’s Forum Story:
It’s all about Toriano “Tito” Jackson. The J5 guitarist from the beginning, he was an accomplished stage veteran by 18, his age at the 1972 show, slipping in favorite blues licks wherever he could. We heard him and his awesome effects box on “Walk On”; here he - with Jermaine on a great rubbery bass - takes a cool wah-wah solo on “Rockin’ Robin,” the fifties cover tune that was a recent solo hit for MJ. (The original version was by Bobby Day and later covered by dozens of artists.) Michael’s nearly breathless, rockin’ it for all he’s worth.
BTW… that’s Tito introducing MJ’s solo set on Disc 2 of the Forum album. Unfortunately, Disc 2’s track 12 on the package lists “Introduction by Jackie.” We are very sorry, Tito. We hope this makes up for it.
The J5 performed a slower live version of “Rockin’ Robin,” with Tito’s succinct solo and some bad-ass steps, on the U.K.’s music show Top of the Pops in November ’72, about three months after the Forum gig.
Tomorrow: ‘Back’ to 1970