Triumph (The Jacksons album)

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Studio album by The Jacksons
Released September 26, 1980 (1980-09-26)
Recorded Late June 1979 – June 1980 at Capitol Records Studios, Hollywood Sound, Davien Sound, Sound City, Devonshire Sound, & Westlake Audio Hollywood, CA
Genre Funk, soul, rhythm and blues, disco
Length 44:39
Label Epic Records
Producer The Jacksons
The Jacksons chronology
The Jacksons Live!
Singles from Triumph
  1. "Lovely One"
    Released: September 12, 1980
  2. "This Place Hotel"
    Released: November 24, 1980
  3. "Can You Feel It"
    Released: March 5, 1981
  4. "Walk Right Now"
    Released: June 15, 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A-)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[3]

Triumph is the sixteenth album by The Jacksons, released in 1980 on Epic Records.

It was certified platinum in the U.S. and peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200. The Triumph album sold three million copies in its original run. Hit singles from the album were "Lovely One", "Heartbreak Hotel" (which was renamed "This Place Hotel" to avoid confusion with the Elvis Presley song of the same name) and "Can You Feel It".

The Jacksons shared lead vocals and solo spots on some songs, but Michael Jackson, who recently released his multi-platinum selling album, Off the Wall, handles most of the lead vocals. Triumph was the Jacksons' first album to reach number-one on the Billboard R&B Albums chart since Maybe Tomorrow in 1971. The album sold over two million copies worldwide,[4] and the Jacksons did not release another studio LP for four years after Triumph's release. On December 10, 1980, the album was certified Platinum for the sales of over 1 million copies in the United States.[5]


Triumph, with three bonus tracks of rare 7-inch and 12-inch mixes previously unavailable on CD, was re-released on January 27, 2009 on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can You Feel It" (recorded March 1980) Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson 6:00
2. "Lovely One" (recorded March 1980) Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 4:52
3. "Your Ways" (recorded July 1979) Jackie Jackson 4:31
4. "Everybody" (recorded June 1979) Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Mike McKinney 5:00
5. "This Place Hotel" (recorded June 1979) Michael Jackson 5:44
6. "Time Waits for No One" (recorded June 1979) Jackie Jackson, Randy Jackson 3:24
7. "Walk Right Now" (recorded March 1980) Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Randy Jackson 6:29
8. "Give It Up" (recorded July 1979) Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 4:20
9. "Wondering Who"   Jackie Jackson, Randy Jackson 4:19
2009 re-edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "This Place Hotel" (single version) 4:52
11. "Walk Right Now" (John Luongo Disco Mix) 7:36
12. "Walk Right Now" (John Luongo Instrumental Mix) 6:58


  • Michael Jackson – lead and backing vocals
  • Jackie Jackson – backing vocals, lead vocals on "Wondering Who"
  • Tito Jackson – guitar, backing vocals
  • Marlon Jackson – backing vocals, timpani, co-lead vocals in "Give It Up"
  • Randy Jackson – percussion, backing vocals, co-lead vocals in "Can You Feel It"
  • Nathan Watts, Mike McKinney, Clay Drayton – bass
  • Ronnie Foster – keyboards
  • Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker, Webster Lewis – synthesizer
  • Michael Sembello, Phil Upchurch, Paul Jackson, Jr., David Williams, Greg Poree – guitar
  • Ollie E. Brown – drums
  • Paulinho da Costa, Lennie Castro – percussion
  • Gary Coleman – vibraphone
  • Gary Herbig – flute
  • Bill Reichenbach, Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey – horns
  • La Toya Jackson – voice scream
  • Julia Tillman Waters, Maxine Willard Waters, Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals
  • Audra Tillman, Brian Stilwell, Brigette Bush, Gerry Gruberth, Lita Aubrey, Peter Wade, Rhonda Gentry, Roger Kenerly II, Soloman Daniels, Yolanda Kenerly – backing vocals (The Children's Choir)
  • Arnold McCuller, Bob Mack, Bunny Hull, Carmen Twillie, Carolyn Dennis, Gerry Garrett, Gregory Wright, Jim Gilstrap, Josie James, Lewis Price, Lisa Roberts, Paulette Brown, Paulette McWilliams, Phyllis St. James, Tyrell (Rock) Deadrick, Roger Kenerly-Saint, Ronald Vann, Roy Galloway, Venetta Fields – backing vocals (The Adults' Choir)


  • Produced, arranged, written and composed by The Jacksons except for "Everybody" (written by Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson and Mike McKinney)


  • "Slipped Away" (Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson)
  • "That Girl" (Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson)
  • "Why Can't I Be" (Michael Jackson)


Year Album Chart positions[7]
1980 Triumph 10 1


Year Single Chart positions[8]
1980 "Lovely One" 12 2 1
1981 "Can You Feel It" 77 30
"This Place Hotel" 22 2
"Walk Right Now" 73 50 5


  1. ^ Triumph (The Jacksons album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ link The Jacksons Triumph review on Robert Christgau
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  5. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  6. ^ » News
  7. ^ "The Jacksons US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  8. ^ "The Jacksons US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-08-05. 

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