This Day in Black History: Oct. 14, 1969

This Day in Black History: Oct. 14, 1969

The Jackson 5 make their first national television appearance on Oct. 14, 1969.

Published October 14, 2013

The Jackson 5 performed their hit single "I Want You Back" during their first appearance on national television on Hollywood Palace on Oct. 14, 1969.

It went to the No. 1 spot on the soul singles chart for four weeks and the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending Jan. 31, 1970. The song was ranked 121st on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The group performed “I Want You Back” in all of their world tours either as a full song or as a part of the Jackson 5 medley in concerts. After leaving the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson performed the song as part of a medley of Jackson 5 hit songs. 

“I Want You Back” sold 6 million copies internationally. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Written by Jonathan P. Hicks


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