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“Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/Mama’s Pearl (Live at the Forum)” – Jackson 5

Excerpt from Live at the Forum Disc 2 (1972)

Today’s Forum story:

It’s amazing to hear in both Forum shows that, after an opening number, the Jackson 5 slammed right into “I Want You Back.” Most groups had to hold back the big hit, but not the J5; with so many great songs there was no need – even in the 1970 show, when more than half of the set list was cover songs. They still had “ABC” and “The Love You Save” in their back pocket.

By ’72 they had to compress three hits into a medley, similar to the way they were doing the songs on TV, as heard on the Unreleased Masters collection. But for the Forum they swapped out “The Love You Save” – saving it for the finale again – for “Mama’s Pearl.” Both segments of the medley are highlighted today; love the interplay between MJ and Jermaine.

All these years later, the excitement is still right there.

Tomorrow: A healthy snippet of “Mama’s Pearl,” on its own, from Indiana.

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"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.)

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Live At The Forum !
Hip-OSelect sent the pre-orders a few days ago… Fortunate J5 fans received their copies today!

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Live At The Forum !

Hip-OSelect sent the pre-orders a few days ago… Fortunate J5 fans received their copies today!

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"Who’s Lovin’ You (Live at the Forum)" - Jackson 5

Excerpt from Live at the Forum Disc 1

Buried in the vault all these years… The Jackson 5’s first-ever full live album in the U.S., and so much more. Incredible performances, from 1970 and a return engagement from 1972. 

Today’s Forum story:

Looking back it’s hard to imagine that in 1969-70 the J5 were kids thrust suddenly into a huge spotlight. They had big hits right away, but young Michael had no real grasp on what was happening… Think about it – he was 11, going on 12, and when the group’s manager Shelly Berger told him they were going to play the Forum in L.A. - about 10 months after they were there in support of Diana Ross & the Supremes - Michael looked up and asked, “Who are we opening for?” 

No one, young MJ, not anymore.

MJ and his brothers were amazing, stepping and playing and singing without missing a beat. We all remember – or have heard stories about – him absolutely nailing Smokey’s “Who’s Lovin’ You.” But to do that in front of 18,000+ fans? Listen to today’s clip… WOW.

(Check out the visuals from a few months earlier on The Ed Sullivan Show.)

Tomorrow – a little more from the 1970 show.