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Got to Be There

Michael Jackson:
January 24, 1972
Riding high on the wild success of the Jackson 5, Motown ringleader Berry Gordy assembled every single notable production team member and songwriter in his arsenal to contribute to the solo debut of the J5's boy wonder, Michael. By the time Got to Be There was released, much had changed in the Jackson dynamic, none the least Michael's voice. But this album launched three chart singles: a cover of the bubblegum classic "Rockin' Robin," Leon Ware's "I Wanna Be Where You Are," and the title track. As a cohesive album, Got to Be There is wildly erratic, and his covers of "You've Got a Friend" and "Ain't No Sunshine" show Jackson's versatility as a singer. It was a world away from the politically charged sound of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and the introspection that would later grace some of the best works of Stevie Wonder. But Got to Be There kept Gordy as king of the sound of young America — at least for a few months longer. by Rob Theakston

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I'm always there for Michael!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray to him every night before I go to bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know that he hears my prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Michael, I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every time I pray to you; I send my love up to Heaven for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3

I Love U Michael , Rest In Peace

allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love you michael jackson:)

I am only 13 years old and i love michael jackson as a family member! I love the jackson family and i wish them a blessed year,Michael will be forever missed!!!!!!! Love kaniyah Robles!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love him from cradle to grave and beyond.

i like this


Wow, this is the album that started MJ's solo started to get big. But, then this was WAY before Thriller came out.... Love this album!!