Jackson 5: Behind The Hits

“I Want You Back” was written by the Motown writing team called the Corporation.

Originally titled “I Want Be Free,” it was intended for Gladys Knight & The Pips and at one point was going to be recorded by Diana Ross.

Berry Gordy changed the title and some of the lyrics and make it more of a love song, suitable for his newly-signed group.

It was the first single released by Motown for the Jackson 5.

With Berry Gordy going out his way to make the group successful, he invested a lot of time and money on it’s production and release, making it one of the most expensive singles recorded at that time.

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One Comment

  1. Michele says:

    JJ Wright….this is a great series “Behind the Hits” keep it comin!! Thank you!

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