leejohnson's current selection is:
Rockin' Robin
by Michael Jackson
#1972

Another extract from the archives of "Rolling Stone" magazine today - it's from the year of this record's release, 1972, and was written by reporter Vince Aletti on December 7th that year:

_____________________________________________________

Even the inconsequential songs on Michael's albums have their appeal - yeah, it has something to do with his being a cute, young boy with a sweetly touching voice but he's not just a lovable 'jukebox baby'. After "I Want You Back", nobody should need convincing but - hand me a cigar - has this kid got talent? Look, anyone who can make me listen to - enjoy even - yet another version of "You've Got a Friend" has got talent. On "Got to Be There", Michael's voice echoes and swirls, whispers and cries out with this unbelievable purity: "Oo-oh what a feeling there'll be/ the moment she says she loves me". It's a weird combination of innocence and utter professionalism, real feeling and careful calculation that's fascinating and finally irresistible.

The album "Got to Be There" also includes a perfect "Rockin' Robin", a slightly overwrought "Ain't No Sunshine", a stylishly revamped "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone", and another of Michael's best cuts, "I Wanna Be Where You Are": a supreme production, with shouting from Michael that equals his early work and a finish that always has me screaming loud enough to alarm the neighbours.

[Much more at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/got-to-be-there-199220/ ]

_____________________________________________________

As far as the charts are concerned, it didn't quite make the summit in either Britain or the States. It was a No. 3 in the UK, and No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, both in 1972.
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockin%27_Robin_%28song%29
1972 - Motown Records - United States - From the album "Got to Be There".
Posted: 18th September 2019
20
plays
20
likes
 
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
474
Followers
Nothing currently playing...
Likes
Archive
All leejohnson's selections:
First
19 likes
12 Oct 2019
With 6 others
37 likes
10 - 12 Oct 2019
First
22 likes
08 - 10 Oct 2019
With 4 others
25 likes
06 - 08 Oct 2019