Big Boy (song)

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"Big Boy" (also known as "I'm a Big Boy Now") is the debut single by the Jackson 5 and the first song sung by a nine-year-old Michael Jackson.wikipedia
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"Big Boy" (also known as "I'm a Big Boy Now") is the debut single by the Jackson 5 and the first song sung by a nine-year-old Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson sang lead vocals on the majority of the tracks beginning with "Big Boy" in 1967, which took a few hours to record at Sunny Sawyers recording studio in South Chicago.
The Jackson 5 recorded several songs for a Gary record label, Steeltown Records; their first single, "Big Boy", was released in 1968.

The Jackson 5

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"Big Boy" (also known as "I'm a Big Boy Now") is the debut single by the Jackson 5 and the first song sung by a nine-year-old Michael Jackson.
In November 1967, Joe Jackson signed the group's first contract with Gordon Keith, an owner and producer of Steeltown Records, and the Jackson Five recorded and released the singles "Big Boy", sung by Michael, and "We Don't Have to Be Over 21".

Gordon Keith (producer)

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During a performance at Beckman Junior High in Gary, Indiana, the group were brought to the attention of Gordon Keith — a singer, record producer, and a founder-owner of Steeltown Records, a small record company located in Gary.
Most notable, was the Jackson 5's first single "Big Boy", sung by Michael Jackson.

Steeltown Records

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During a performance at Beckman Junior High in Gary, Indiana, the group were brought to the attention of Gordon Keith — a singer, record producer, and a founder-owner of Steeltown Records, a small record company located in Gary. "Big Boy" was released by Steeltown Records, a record company in Gary, Indiana, in January 1968.
Two Jackson 5 singles were recorded for Steeltown at a South Chicago recording studio in 1967, "Big Boy"/"You Changed" and "We Don't Have To Be Over 21 (to Fall in Love)"/"Jam Session".

Jackson family

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The Jackson family were delighted with the outcome nonetheless. The Jackson family gathered around a radio to hear the song broadcast for the first time from WWCA-AM 1270 radio in Gary.
"Big Boy", the boys' first record which was produced by Keith, was released on January 30, 1968.

List of songs recorded by the Jackson 5

The songs released by "Steeltown" in 1968 included "Big Boy" (sung by Michael Jackson), "You've Changed", and "We Don't Have To Be Over 21 (to Fall in Love)".

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Record label

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"Big Boy" was released by Steeltown Records, a record company in Gary, Indiana, in January 1968.

Gary, Indiana

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During a performance at Beckman Junior High in Gary, Indiana, the group were brought to the attention of Gordon Keith — a singer, record producer, and a founder-owner of Steeltown Records, a small record company located in Gary. "Big Boy" was released by Steeltown Records, a record company in Gary, Indiana, in January 1968.

Atlantic Records

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Beginning in March 1968, Steeltown Records sold thousands of copies of "Big Boy" nationally through a distribution deal with Atlantic Records, but it was neither a critical nor commercial success.

Songwriter

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"Big Boy" was written by songwriter Eddie Silvers, a Chicago musician.

Musician

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"Big Boy" was written by songwriter Eddie Silvers, a Chicago musician.

Penny (United States coin)

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According to legend, the group were paid three cents for each record sold, which was equally split among the five brothers and their drummer.

A-side and B-side

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The group's first single "Big Boy", was backed with the B-side "You've Changed".

Johnny Jackson (musician)

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"The Jackson Five Plus Johnny" (Johnny Jackson on drums, no relation) would go on to perform "Big Boy" and other songs locally throughout the Gary and South Chicago area before moving to California in 1969.

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"The Jackson Five Plus Johnny" (Johnny Jackson on drums, no relation) would go on to perform "Big Boy" and other songs locally throughout the Gary and South Chicago area before moving to California in 1969. Michael Jackson sang lead vocals on the majority of the tracks beginning with "Big Boy" in 1967, which took a few hours to record at Sunny Sawyers recording studio in South Chicago.

WWCA

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The Jackson family gathered around a radio to hear the song broadcast for the first time from WWCA-AM 1270 radio in Gary.

AM broadcasting

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The Jackson family gathered around a radio to hear the song broadcast for the first time from WWCA-AM 1270 radio in Gary.

Billboard (magazine)

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The single "Big Boy" did not appear on any of Billboard's music charts but sold in excess of 10,000 copies.

Album

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The two singles were to be supported by an eleven track studio album but it was never released.

Audition

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The group auditioned at Motown in Detroit on July 23, 1968, and signed an initial deal with Motown Records on July 26.

Motown

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The group auditioned at Motown in Detroit on July 23, 1968, and signed an initial deal with Motown Records on July 26. The Jackson 5 would release a second single on the "Steeltown" label before signing with Motown Records in Detroit, on July 26, 1968.

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

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In 1995, Brown reissued the record on the Inverted Records label — a week before Michael Jackson's HIStory album was issued.

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He also remastered the song, selling it by mail order, along with an instrumental version, in a limited edition package consisting of a compact disc and cassette tape — the package could be purchased at a cost of approximately $30.

Music video

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The reissue of "Big Boy" was promoted with a music video.