Mama's Pearl

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"Mama's Pearl"
Single by The Jackson 5
from the album Third Album
B-side"Darling Dear"
ReleasedJanuary 7, 1971 (U.S.)
RecordedJuly 1970
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
GenreBubblegum pop, soul
Songwriter(s)The Corporation: Berry Gordy
Alphonzo Mizell
Deke Richards
Freddie Perren
Producer(s)The Corporation
The Jackson 5 singles chronology
"I'll Be There"
"Mama's Pearl"
"Never Can Say Goodbye"

"Mama's Pearl" was a hit recording for The Jackson 5 in 1971 and was written by The Corporation, a songwriting team that had helped the group score four consecutive #1 singles.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"Mama's Pearl" was one of six consecutive top 5 singles for the group. "Mama's Pearl" went to number two for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 behind, "One Bad Apple" by The Osmonds.[2] On the soul singles it likewise peaked at number two.[3] Overseas, "Mama's Pearl" peaked at #25 in the UK.

Song background[edit]

The song, while sung mostly by Michael featured cameo spots from brothers Jermaine and Jackie. According to a Jackson biographer, "Mama's Pearl" was originally called "Guess Who's Making Whoopie (With Your Girlfriend)". Producer Deke Richards reportedly had the lyrics and title changed to preserve Michael Jackson's youthful, innocent image.[4] The demo version has since been released on the 2012 compilation "Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls".



Chart (1971) Peak
U.K. Singles Chart[5] 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 2
U.S. Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles[7] 2


  1. ^ "Mama's Pearl: Song information".
  2. ^ "The Hot 100 Chart".
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 267.
  4. ^ Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2003). Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. p. 80.
  5. ^ "The Jackson 5 | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company".
  6. ^ "The Jacksons 5 Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  7. ^ "The Jackson 5 Chart History: Dance Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-09.