Mama's Pearl

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"Mama's Pearl"
Single by The Jackson 5
from the album Third Album
Released January 7, 1971 (U.S.)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded July 1970
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
Genre Bubblegum pop, soul
Length 3:12
Label Motown
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"
"Goin' Back To Indiana"

"I'll Be There"
"'Mama's Pearl"
"Goin' Back To Indiana"

"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.

It was one of six consecutive top 5 singles for the legendary Motown, soul and funk group. "Mama's Pearl" went to number two for two weeks on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.[1] It also peaked at #25 in the UK.

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.[2]



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 267. 
  2. ^ Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2003). Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. p. 80.