Mama's Pearl

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"Mama's Pearl"
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Single by The Jackson 5
from the album Third Album
ReleasedJanuary 7, 1971 (U.S.)
FormatVinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
RecordedJuly 1970
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
GenreBubblegum pop, soul
Length3:12
LabelMotown
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"
(1970)
"Mama's Pearl"
(1971)
"Goin' Back To Indiana"
(1970)

"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.

Chart performance[edit]

"Mama's Pearl" 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 the Billboard Hot 100 behind, One Bad Apple by The Osmonds.[1] On the soul singles it likewise peaked at number two.[2] 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.[3] The demo version has since been released on the 2012 compilation "Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls".

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1971-02-27
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 267.
  3. ^ Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2003). Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. p. 80.