Today in MJJ HIStory
1971 – The Jackson 5ive taped the studio portion of their 1st TV special in Hollywood – “Goin’ Back To Indiana“.
The hour long show featured comedians Bill Cosby & Tommy Smothers, singers Bobby Darin & Diana Ross, football players Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier & Ben Davidson, and basketball stars Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor & Elvin Hayes. It also featured tracks recorded by J5 during their May 29 “homecoming” concert in Gary, Indiana (hence the show title). Filmed on July 9-10, 1971, the show was broadcasted on ABC TV, on September 19, 1971. No longer limited to guest appearances on other people’s shows (a regular practice during this point in their career), the brothers were now a big enough name to draw their own audience, who tuned in as enthusiastically to the special as they did to the new Jackson 5ive Saturday morning cartoon that also made its debut in September.
The soundtrack album with the same name, released on September, peaked at #5 on Billboard R&B album charts and #15 on album charts; went on to sell 2.6 million copies worldwide.
1. “I Want You Back”
2. “Maybe Tomorrow”
3. “The Day Basketball Was Saved”
5. “I Want to Take You Higher”
6. “Feelin’ Alright”
7. Medley: “Walk On”/”The Love You Save”
8. “Goin’ Back to Indiana”
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1981 – The Jacksons began the 36 city “Triumph Tour.”