Billboard #1 Hits: #244: “I’ll Be There”- The Jackson 5. October 17, 1970. #1 for 5 weeks.

  • Single: “I’ll Be There”- The Jackson 5
  • Record Company- Motown
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch and Hal Davis
  • Time: 3:57
  • B-side:”One More Chance”
  • Album- The Third Album
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 5 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. # 4 in UK Singles Chart.

1970 was the year for The Jackson 5- “I’ll Be There” was their 4th #1 of the year. They became the first group to have their first four singles get to #1. Michael Jackson would later in his autobiography say that “I’ll Be There” was the song that solidified The Jackson 5’s career and showed audiences that they had potential beyond bubblegum pop. It was The Jackson 5’s most successful single as far as singles sold 4.2 million and it replaced Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” as the biggest Motown hit to date.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #244: “I’LL BE THERE”- THE JACKSON 5 – OCTOBER 17, 1970

  1. Man, do I love that tune! And while I generally don’t listen to Mariah Carey, her cover of that tune on her “MTV Unplugged” album from 1992 is just incredible; in fact, I’d go as far as saying I like it even better than the original.

    • I take it you’re not exactly a fan of Mariah? 🙂

      I generally don’t listen to her either but think she’s a great vocalist and really nailed that cover. I also dig the voice of Trey Lorenz who shared vocals with her on that version.

    • Not a fan- but she does a credible job on I’ll Be There. I tend not to care for vocalists with those kind of voices- they have a tendency to ‘show off” IMO. “Look at the voice I have.”

    • To be honest I couldn’t name one Christina Aguilera song. I am sure I have heard a few just being out and about….

    • I’m in the same boat and don’t listen to her music. The one song I know – and I’m sure you’ve heard it as well – is this ballad “Beautiful.”

      From a strictly vocal perspective, I think Aguilera is incredible. In that regard, I would compare her to Mariah Carey.

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