Today in MJJ HIStory
1971 – The Jackson 5 song Maybe Tomorrow hit #20 in the U.S.
“Maybe Tomorrow” was released in June, 1971 from the Jackson 5’s album of the same title. The ballad was originally supposed to have been sung (possibly in a different production) by Sammy Davis, Jr. but for various reasons, the entertainer could not get on the schedule to do the song and the song was then given to the Jackson 5.
Lead vocals : Michael Jackson, Second verse sung by Marlon Jackson
Written & Produced by : The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Jr./Alphonso Mizell/Freddie Perren/Deke Richards)
US single released July, 1971
#3 R&B, #20 Pop
Sales : 1 089 365 (World), 830 794 (USA)
While many young kids were playing with their GI Joes, Michael Jackson was arguably Motown’s best messenger of romance, heartbreak, and all the heavy stuff. This led off the 1971 album of the same name. While the Corporation was inexplicably saddled with the bubblegum tag, this track proves how people of all ages could identify with the lyrics. This was a perfectly constructed song. Throughout this, a myriad of emotions are displayed with Jackson seemingly with a grasp on all of them. Musically the song is all heartache yet resiliency. The love sung about here seems at once fortifying and yet troubled. It’s enough to boggle the mind of an experienced romantic, let alone a kid whose pastime was giggling with his brothers. Recorded at the underrated and crystal clear Motown Studios in L.A., this was arranged by the Corporation and Gene Page. Despite it’s skill and classic status, “Maybe Tomorrow” was the first Jackson 5 single to only reach the Top 20. This is one instance where chart placement has nothing to do with quality. ~Allmusic
1988 – Michael Jackson performs Bad World Tour at Talavera Wiesen staduim, Würzburg, West Germany.
1990 – Michael confirmed Sandy Gallin of Gallin-Morey Associates – who already represented the Pointer Sisters, Dolly Parton and Whoopi Goldberg, to name but a few as his new managers– was stepping into Frank Dileo’s shoes.
1994 – The Jacksons, minus Randy, performed at a U.K. Scientology fund-raiser “For The Children Of The World.”
1995 – “You Are Not Alone” released in UK, enter in chart at number 3. The week later it’ll reach the top of the chart.
2001 – According to Rolling Stone, the King of Pop won’t be appearing on rapper Jay-Z’s upcoming CD ‘Blueprint,’ as has been previously reported. In order to make the September 18 release date for the album Jay-Z had to put the finishing touches on it by this Wednesday and Michael won’t be able to make it to the rapper’s studio until next week. Don’t worry though. Michael will appear on a future remix of the song ‘Girls, Girls, Girls.’ And a sample of the J5’s ‘I Want You Back’ was used for the song ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)’.
2009 – Michael’s Longform Videos certified Multi-Platinum by RIAA:
Live In Bucharest 6x Platinum
Number Ones 13x Platinum
HIStory On Film 6x Platinum
Dangerous – The Short Film 3x Platinum
On the same day, the following albums were also received Multi-Platinum certificates:
The Essential Michael Jackson 2x Platinum
Off The Wall 8x Platinum
Thriller 29x Platinum
Number Ones 3x Platinum