Got to Be There (song)

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"Got to Be There"
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Got to Be There
B-side "Maria (You Were The Only One)"
Released October 7, 1971 (1971-10-07)
Format 7" single
Recorded June - July 1971
Genre Pop
Length 3:22
Label Motown Records
Writer(s) Elliot Willensky
Producer(s) Hal Davis
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Got to Be There"
(1971)
"Rockin' Robin"
(1972)
Got to Be There track listing
"In Our Small Way"
(4)
"Got to Be There"
(5)
"Rockin' Robin"
(6)

"Got to Be There" is a song written by Elliot Willensky for American recording artist Michael Jackson, whose original version was released as his first solo single in 1971 on Motown Records. The song was produced by Hal Davis and recorded at Motown's Hitsville West studios in Hollywood.

The single became an immediate success, reaching number one on Cashbox's pop and R&B singles charts, while reaching number four on Billboard's pop and R&B singles charts.[1] Released to select European countries, it also found success, reaching number five in the UK.[2] The song was composed as a pop ballad with soul and soft rock elements. The song was musically arranged by Dave Blumberg while Willie Hutch produced its vocal arrangements.

Fellow Motown recording act The Miracles recorded the track for their final studio album, Flying High Together, in 1972. In 1982, Chaka Khan had a modest R&B hit version with the song, featured on her self-titled album. In 1993, George Benson performed the track using his guitar and vocal hums on his 1993 album, Love Remembers. In 2007, group Boyz II Men covered it for their 2007 release, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA.

Track listing[edit]

  • A. "Got to Be There" - 3:23
  • B. "Maria (You Were The Only One)" - 3:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4[1]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4[1]
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 14[1]
UK Singles Chart 5[2]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 83

Personnel[edit]

  • Written and composed by Elliot Willensky
  • Produced by Hal Davis
  • Lead and background vocals by Michael Jackson
  • Arrangement by Dave Blumberg
  • Vocal arrangement by Willie Hutch

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b "UK charts archive". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-03-01.