Enjoy Yourself (The Jacksons song)

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"Enjoy Yourself"
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Single by The Jacksons
from the album The Jacksons
B-side"Style of Life"
ReleasedOctober 29, 1976 (1976-10-29)
Format7" / 12"
Recorded1976
GenreSoul, Funk
Length3:25 (album version)
3:40 (alternate version)
LabelEpic/CBS/Philadelphia International
Songwriter(s)Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff
The Jacksons singles chronology
"All I Do Is Think of You"
(1975)
"Enjoy Yourself"
(1976)
"Show You the Way to Go"
(1977)
Music video
"Enjoy Yourself" on YouTube

"Enjoy Yourself" is a song recorded by The Jacksons and released as a single in 1976 and peaking in early 1977. Featuring Michael and Jackie Jackson on lead vocals, it was the first non-Motown single for the group since they departed from the label earlier that year. The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 19, 1977.[1] On other US charts, "Enjoy Yourself" peaked at #2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart,[2] and #33 on the National Disco Action Top 40 chart.[3] On February 14, 1989, it became the group's first single to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.[4] It was also the group's first song to feature new member Randy Jackson, who replaced Jermaine when he decided to stay at Motown after his brothers left. The song is sampled on the track "Let's Have a Party" by the Backstreet Boys, which appears on their 1996 self-titled debut album. The song is credited to Philadelphia songwriters/producers Gamble and Huff; however, a session musician from Gamble and Huff’s in-house band recalled that the late guitarist T.J. Tindall wrote the riff that was the initial spark for the song.[5]

A music video was produced to promote the single, for this was the Jacksons' very first video. It features the five brothers wearing white suits and dancing on a stage. It was released on DVD for the bonus disc of Michael Jackson's Vision.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. 1977-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 287.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 132.
  4. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  5. ^ "T.J. Tindall, 65, Philly Soul guitarist for Gamble & Huff". Retrieved 2016-01-29.

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