Michael Jackson is gone.
He will be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th Century. He was preparing for a series of “comeback” concerts this summer in London.
Michael, of course, will be remembered also for his legal problems, his family dramas, his plastic surgeries, his many eccentricities. For today, let’s focus on his extraordinary talent.
Before they were signed to Motown, Jackson and his brothers recorded a few sides for Steeltown Records, a local label in their home town of Gary, Indiana.
Their first single, “Big Boy, was released in January of 1968, when Michael was only 9 years old.
Click here to hear “Big Boy” on my Vox blog. To listen to the flip side, “You’ve Changed,” click here.
The Jackson 5’s early recordings were released on a 1996 CD called “Pre-History: The Lost Steeltown Recordings.” These aren’t good songs. But Michael had the magic even then.
Below, check him out at the age of 24. (Hat-tip: EbonyJet.com.)