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Jackson 5 cartoon : Possible DVD release in 2012?

In 1971, animation producers Rankin/Bass put together the cartoon personifications of Michael, Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito with the ABC-aired Saturday morning show the Jackson 5ive. The half-hour program ran for 23 episodes, including a kick-off episode with Motown legend Diana Ross voicing herself. The actual Jacksons weren’t part of the regular voice cast, though, as their busy musical schedules prevented it. 

However, it’s interesting to note that the voice actor who played Michael Jackson in this show, Donald Fullilove, is still active today (unlike most of his “brothers” in this show), and has been heard recently in American Dad!, Wall-E and Up. The group’s musical producer in the show’s adventures (a personification of Motown founder Berry Gordy), was played by Paul Frees…a voice well known in film and TV (including the original War of the Worlds, Steve Canyon, Mister Magoo, “Boris Badenov” in Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends, “Ignatz Mouse” in Krazy Kat, “Colossus” in Colossus: The Forbin Project , “narrator” of Hardware Wars, various characters in the animated productions The Hobbit, The Return of the King, and “K.A.R.R.” in Knight Rider…he had also been the original Pillsbury Doughboy!). Other on-screen characters in the cartoon included Michael’s pet mice, “Ray” and “Charles”, and pet snake “Rosie”.

Why the trip down memory lane? Well, nothing is official, and we’re not even certain how accurate this is. NOT to cast doubts on the website who gets the credit for this info, or anything like that. It’s just that during the past couple of years, especially as many of this sort of show come to DVD via manufacture on demand programs, and those programs often make plans to release an old show like this one, but then some sort of obstacle comes up and the title doesn’t see the light of day. However, while we should take it with a grain of salt until the official studio announcement comes through (whenever that may be), we’re pleased to pass along word from historian Rick Goldschmidt’s “Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass” blog, posted there yesterday, that “RANKIN/BASS’ THE JACKSON FIVE SHOW coming to DVD in 2012! ” Our thanks to reader Phil Satterley for the heads-up! Stay tuned, of course, and we’ll fill you in as further information becomes available to us.

cbright (forum.jackson5abc.com)

40 years ago… “Never Can Say Goodbye” #jackson5

On March 16th, 1971,  ”Never Can Say Goodbye/She’s Good” (Motown 1179) was released.

First single from the “Maybe Tomorrow" album in March 1971, "Never Can Say Goodbye" is an original version by the Jackson 5. A few month later, the song was covered by Isaac Hayes, and by Gloria Gaynor in 1974. 

Clifton Davis wrote this song especially for Michael Jackson.

never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, i never can say goodbye

even though the pain and heartache
seem to follow me wherever i go
though i tried, tried to hide my feelings
they always seem to show
then you try to say you’re leaving me
and i always have to say no
tell me why is it so
that i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, i never can say goodbye

every time i think i’ve had enough
and start heading for the door
there’s a very strange vibration
that piercing me right to the core
it says turn around you fool
you know you love her more and more
tell me why is it so
don’t wanna let you go

i never can say you goodbye, girl
(never can say goodbye, girl)
ooh ooh baby
(don’t wanna let you go, girl)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no
i never can say you goodbye, girl
(never can say goodbye, girl)
ooh ooh
(don’t wanna let you go, girl)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no

never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, i never can say goodbye

i keep thinking that our problems
soon are all gonna work out 
but there’s that same unhappy feeling
and there’s that anguish, there’s that doubt
it’s the same old dizzy hang up
can’t do with you or without
tell me why is it so
don’t wanna let you go

i never can say you goodbye, girl
(hey babe)
ooh ooh baby
(don’t wanna let you go, girl)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no
i never can say you goodbye, girl
(never can say goodbye, girl)
ooh
(hey babe)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no



© 1971 Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP) / Portable Music (BMI)
All rights reserved.

36 years ago… “The Cher Show”

On March 16th, 1975, the Jackson 5 were guests on The Cher Show.


“Mama’s Pearl” was the fifth single released by the Jackson 5 and the first release by the boys for 1971. 1970 proved to be the year of success for the Jackson 5. With four back-to-back number one hits, three top pop albums, numerous TV appearances, and a successful tour, what more could the boys ask for? 1971 would bring a lot of change for the group and this record was the start of that.

41 years ago…

On December 14th, 1969, the Jackson 5 appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show.

"I’ll Be There", inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame

"I’ll Be There" is one of the the 30 songs that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. It joins "I Want You Back," which was inducted back in 1999, making it the second J5 song to make it into the Hall of Fame.
Full press release here.

For the record, “I’ll Be There” has been in my own personal Hall of Fame since September 1, 1970.

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(Source: J5Collector.blogspot.com)

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 40!

On November 25th, 1970, Motown released "Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town" b/"Christmas Won’t Be The Same This Year".

#1 in the Billboard Special Christmas Chart in 1970 and 1971

Lyrics

santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 

you d better watch out 
you d better not cry 
you’d better not pout 
i m telling you why 

santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 

he is making a list 
and checking it twice 
gonna find out who¡s naughty and nice 

santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 

he sees you when you re sleeping 
he knows when you re awake 
he knows if you ve been bad or good 
so be good for goodness sake 

oh, you d better watch out 
you d better not cry 
better not pout 
i m telling you why 

oh! santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 

santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 

little tin horns 
and little toy drums 
rooty-toot-toot 
and rump-a-tum-tum 
curly-haired dolls 
that tootle and coo 
elephants, boats and kiddie cars too 

oh! santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 
santa claus is comin’ to town 

one more time now.. 

santa claus is comin’ to town
santa claus is comin’ to town
santa claus is comin’ to town 


© 1970 Leo Feist, Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights reserved.

Sugar Daddy! #jackson5

Sugar Daddy

On November 23th, 1971, Motown released “Sugar Daddy” b/”I’m So Happy”.

 

Lyrics / Paroles

michael
brand new boots i bought ya
fine, fine blew your mind
finally thought i’d caught you
and your love was mine all mine


jermaine
i see you walk by with other guys
step, step, steppin’ on my toes
the whole town’s talkin’ about
how, how, how i’m your stand-by santa claus

michael, jermaine
but, ooh, your kisses thrill me
sho’ love your angel eyes
the devil in you kills me

michael
but i’ve made up my mind


jackson 5
i’m gonna be your sugar daddy
give you honey
all my money

jermaine 
well, l.a. to cincinatti
that’s how far i’d crawl for you

jackson 5
oh baby, i’ll be your sugar daddy
give you kisses when it’s missin’

jermaine
oh baby, i’ll try to keep you happy
'cause i got a sweet tooth for your love


jackson 5
s-u-g

jermaine
listen to me, listen to me

jackson 5
a-r

jermaine
what it is, what it is now

jackson 5
d-a-d-d-y
that’s ‘cause i’m your good thing


michael
king of fools they crowned me
and that crown just fits me to a “t”
'cause you only come around me
just to pick up what you need


jermaine
you just played on by emotions
with please, please, pretty please
oh, everybody’s got the notion
i’m your goodwill industry


jackson 5
oh henry

michael
he’s drivin’ me nuts
while i’m giving you the candy
he’s gettin’ all your love

jackson 5
as mary jane said

michael
mary jane said i’m just your lollipop

jackson 5
sucker

michael
well my flavor’s longlasting, girl
it ain’t ever gonna stop, no

jermaine
baby i’m a fool
but a fool in love with you

michael
i can’t help myself, oh no
oh no, i can’t help myself


jackson 5
i’m gonna be your sugar daddy
give you honey
all my money
well, l.a. to cincinatti
that’s how far i’d crawl for you
oh baby, i’ll be your sugar daddy
give you kissin’ when it’s missin’
i’ll even let you drive my caddy
when i get one, baby

oh, oh, i’m gonna be your sugar daddy
give you honey
all my money
well, l.a. to cincinatti
that’s how far i’d crawl for you


© 1971 Jobete Music Co., Inc (ASCAP)
All rights reserved.