ABC (The Jackson 5 song)
|Single by The Jackson 5|
|from the album ABC|
|B-side||"The Young Folks"|
|Released||February 24, 1970 (U.S.)|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Genre||Soul, R&B, bubblegum pop|
|Writer(s)||The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards)|
|The Jackson 5 singles chronology|
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"ABC" is a 1970 number-one hit song by The Jackson 5. It was written with the same design as "I Want You Back", and was first heard on American Bandstand (on the ABC network) in February 1970. "ABC" knocked The Beatles' song "Let It Be" out of the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 and was also number one on the soul singles chart for four weeks.
"ABC" was the first single from the second album of The Jackson 5, ABC and is considered one of the band's signature songs. It is one of the shortest titles to hit #1, and is the first song alphabetically in the list of #1 hits of the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was performed in full throughout their tours from 1970-1971. Through the second half of 1971, it was performed as a medley along with "I Want You Back", and later "Mama's Pearl" as 1972 came along. By 1973, "Mama's Pearl" was replaced with "The Love You Save" & for the rest of the Jackson 5 tours and Jacksons Tours as well. However, "ABC" was replaced by "I'll Be There" for the rest of the Jackson 5 medley's performances in the 1984 Victory Tour and Michael Jackson's three solo tours. The song was performed once again by the Jackson brothers during the 2001 30th Anniversary Celebration special.
|Chart (1970-1971, 2009)||Peak
|Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)||24|
|UK Singles Chart||8|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||43|
|Irish Singles Chart||38|
|UK Singles Chart||50|
- Lead vocals by Michael Jackson (age 11), Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, and Jackie Jackson
- Background vocals by Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson
- Bass guitar by Wilton Felder
- Drums by Gene Pello
- Guitar by David T. Walker, Louis Shelton and Don Peake
- Keyboards by Freddie Perren
- Written and produced by The Corporation: Berry Gordy, Jr., Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards
- ASCAP entry for song ASCAP, accessed 28 May 2011
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 286.
- http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=The+Jackson+Five&titel=ABC&cat=s (Retrieved September 17, 2012)
- Overview of ABC All the picture sleeves, Song and remixes to listen
- "ABC" song review from Allmusic website
- "ABC" as listed on the Rock Band song library.
"Let It Be" by The Beatles
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 25, 1970 (two weeks)
"American Woman" / "No Sugar Tonight" by The Guess Who
"Call Me" by Aretha Franklin
|Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
April 4, 1970 (four weeks)
"Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Tyrone Davis