Got to Be There (song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Got to Be There"
Michael Jackson - Got to be there (single) Netherlands version.jpg
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Got to Be There
B-side"Maria (You Were the Only One)"
ReleasedOctober 7, 1971 (1971-10-07)
Format7" single
RecordedJune – July 1971
Songwriter(s)Elliot Willensky
Producer(s)Hal Davis
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Got to Be There"
"Rockin' Robin"

"Got to Be There" is the debut single by the American recording artist Michael Jackson, which was written by Elliot Willensky 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.

Track listing[edit]

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

Live performances[edit]

  1. Hellzapoppin: Jackson performed "Got To Be There" for the first time at Hellzapoppin' at March 1,1972 with his brothers, along with Sugar Daddy and Brand New Thing[3]. The performance is about 2 minutes and it included an intro showing a garage door opening revealing the Jackson 5.[4]
  2. Live at the Forum: The performance is similar to the one from Hellzapoppin'. It was recorded on August 26, 1972 and released on June 21, 2010.[5]
  3. Jackson 5 In Japan: Audio recording from the concert in Japan at April 30, 1973 was released on the album "Jackson 5 in Japan".[6] Here, the performance is almost 4 minutes and it had a spoken line for intro.[7]

Chart performance[edit]


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

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  3. ^ "Hellzapoppin' | Live performance recording details". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. ^ Bradock Michael Jackson (2010-11-26), Got to Be There (Hellzapoppin - 01-03-1972), retrieved 2019-03-13
  5. ^ "Live At The Forum | Album information". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  6. ^ "In Japan! | Album information". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  7. ^ Florin Mihalache (2016-09-07), The Jackson 5 - Got To Be There (Live In Japan) [Audio HQ] HD, retrieved 2019-03-13
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 1/01/72". 1972-01-01. Retrieved 2016-10-03.

External links[edit]