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Got to Be There

For the song of the same name, see Got to Be There (song).
Got to Be There
Studio album by Michael Jackson
Released January 24, 1972
Recorded 1971
Genre R&B, soul, pop/rock, AM Pop, popsoul [1]
Length 35:11
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis, Willie Hutch
Professional reviews
Michael Jackson chronology

Got to Be There was the solo debut album by then-adolescent Michael Jackson, released on Motown Records on January 24, 1972.[2] It includes the song of the same name, which was released in the fall of 1971 as Jackson’s debut solo single.

Album information

Motown released Jackson’s solo album around the same time that another famous brother from a famous family was doing the same: Donny Osmond, who was hitting with songs like “Sweet & Innocent” and “Puppy Love”. Jackson’s and Osmond’s debut efforts almost paralleled each other, as Jackson scored a hit with the title track and “Rockin’ Robin”, which like Osmond’s “Puppy Love”, was a remake of an old ’50s rock song. The album also included covers of Bill Withers‘ “Ain’t No Sunshine“, Carole King‘s “You’ve Got a Friend” and the Supremes‘ “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone“.


The album peaked at number fourteen on the US pop albums chart and number three on the US R&B album chart when it was released.

Rolling Stone (12/7/72, p.68) – “..slick, artful and every bit as good as the regular Jackson 5 product…a sweetly touching voice…innocence and utter professionalism…fascinating and finally irresistible..”

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. Ain’t No Sunshine”   Bill Withers 4:09
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are”   Leon Ware, T-Bone Ross 3:01
3. “Girl Don’t Take Your Love From Me”   Willie Hutch 3:46
4. “In Our Small Way”   Beatrice Verdi, Christine Yarian 3:34
5. Got to Be There”   Elliot Willensky 3:23
6. Rockin’ Robin”   Thomas 2:31
7. “Wings of My Love”   Corporation 3:32
8. “Maria (You Were the Only One)”   L. Brown, Linda Glover, George Gordy, Allen Story 3:41
9. Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone”   Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:51
10. You’ve Got a Friend”   Carole King 4:53



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