“Sugar Daddy (Live at the Forum)” - Jackson 5
Excerpt from Live at the Forum Disc 2 (1972)
Today’s Forum Story:
The Jackson 5 show at the Forum in 1970 – our Disc 1 – was a record-breaker for the arena, an eye-opener, a signal that Jacksonmania was real. At the time the guys had had three quick No. 1’s and a few album favorites, but by 1972 – our Disc 2 – the J5 were established stars with a boatload of hits.
One after the other those many hits flowed in the show, and today’s track is a juicy snippet of “Sugar Daddy”; it’s the first-ever live version of the song on record. Great arrangement of the track from their Greatest Hits album, bringing serious soul to the bubblegum, with MJ rockin’ the mic for all he’s worth.
A note about the Forum opening acts: In 1970, Ike & Tina Turner and Rare Earth were advertised as the other acts on the Forum bill, same as the previous show in San Francisco. But Ike & Tina didn’t make it and Jerry Butler filled in. The Undisputed Truth opened the bill in 1972, a fact inadvertently left out of the CD liner notes. Let’s take a moment to give that group some props and wish lead singer Joe Harris a Happy Birthday today.
Saturday: Hear Michael solo, three days before he turned 14.
Sunday: The 40th anniversary of the 1970 show.
(An NBA Finals-Jackson 5 Live connection: Elgin Baylor, a star forward for the L.A. Lakers, produced the J5’s 1970 Forum show; the concert was six weeks from the Lakers’ loss in that year’s NBA Finals. Back in ‘62 Baylor had scored 41 points in the first Lakers-Celtics Game 7, another losing effort. Baylor holds the NBA Finals single-game scoring record, 61 points, in that series’ Game 5.)