|Single by The Jackson 5|
|from the album Third Album|
|Released||January 7, 1971 (U.S.)|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
|Genre||Bubblegum pop, soul|
|Writer(s)||The Corporation: Berry Gordy
|The Jackson 5 singles chronology|
"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 in a row for the group.
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. 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.
- Lead and background vocals: Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson and Marlon Jackson
- Written, produced, and arranged by The Corporation: Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards
- Instrumentation by various Los Angeles studio musicians
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 267.
- Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2003). Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. p. 80.
Demo version of the song.
Final version of the song
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