Gordon Keith (producer)

Gordon Keith
Gordon Keith (born 1939) was the first person to sign a recording contract with the Jackson 5 and release their records.wikipedia
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Steeltown Records

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In 1966, he and four friends founded Steeltown Records in Gary, Indiana, with each able to manage, record, and sign local talent themselves in and around Gary.
The company was founded in 1966 by William Adams (a.k.a. Gordon Keith) and co-owned with Ben Brown (deceased), Maurice Rogers, Willie Spencer (deceased), and Lou "Ludie" D. Washington (deceased).

The Jackson 5

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Gordon Keith (born 1939) was the first person to sign a recording contract with the Jackson 5 and release their records.
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".

Big Boy (song)

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Most notable, was the Jackson 5's first single "Big Boy", sung by Michael Jackson.
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.

Jermaine Jackson

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Jermaine also had a great voice.
Jermaine and his brothers first signed as The Jackson Five with Gordon Keith of Steeltown Records in November 1967, and their first single "Big Boy", was released on January 31, 1968.

Joe Jackson (manager)

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Keith wanted to meet and talk with The Jackson 5 and their father Joe Jackson.
On November 21, 1967, The Jackson 5 were signed by Jackson to their first professional contract with Gordon Keith, owner and first president of Steeltown Records in Gary, Indiana.

Recording contract

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Gordon Keith (born 1939) was the first person to sign a recording contract with the Jackson 5 and release their records.

Envelope (music)

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Gordon Keith (born 1939) was the first person to sign a recording contract with the Jackson 5 and release their records.

Phonograph record

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Gordon Keith (born 1939) was the first person to sign a recording contract with the Jackson 5 and release their records.

Vivian Carter

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Vivian Carter, founder of VeeJay Records, and The Spaniels, a prominent Doo-wop group, are examples of Gary's musical culture.

Vee-Jay Records

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Vivian Carter, founder of VeeJay Records, and The Spaniels, a prominent Doo-wop group, are examples of Gary's musical culture.

The Spaniels

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Vivian Carter, founder of VeeJay Records, and The Spaniels, a prominent Doo-wop group, are examples of Gary's musical culture.

Doo-wop

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Vivian Carter, founder of VeeJay Records, and The Spaniels, a prominent Doo-wop group, are examples of Gary's musical culture.

Singing

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Keith also points out that he had himself went solo as a vocalist in the 1960s because he wearied of the lack of discipline and commitment of so many of the young singers he sang doo-wop songs with.

Single (music)

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Most notable, was the Jackson 5's first single "Big Boy", sung by Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson

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Most notable, was the Jackson 5's first single "Big Boy", sung by Michael Jackson.

Chicago

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After he released "Big Boy" on January 31, 1968, it played on the radio and sold regionally in the Chicago-Gary area.

South Side, Chicago

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The Jackson 5 recorded "Big Boy" at Sunny Sawyer's recording studio on West 69th Street, on the South Side of Chicago, which was the home of the vibrant Chicago Soul sound of the time, and had many fine session musicians, songwriters, and production studios.

Chicago soul

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The Jackson 5 recorded "Big Boy" at Sunny Sawyer's recording studio on West 69th Street, on the South Side of Chicago, which was the home of the vibrant Chicago Soul sound of the time, and had many fine session musicians, songwriters, and production studios.

Jerry Wexler

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The quality and potential heard in the "Big Boy" recording were such that Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records sought out Keith and made a contract with him on March 5, to have ATCO, a division of Atlantic Records, distribute "Big Boy" nationally.

Atlantic Records

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The quality and potential heard in the "Big Boy" recording were such that Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records sought out Keith and made a contract with him on March 5, to have ATCO, a division of Atlantic Records, distribute "Big Boy" nationally.

Atco Records

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The quality and potential heard in the "Big Boy" recording were such that Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records sought out Keith and made a contract with him on March 5, to have ATCO, a division of Atlantic Records, distribute "Big Boy" nationally.

New York City

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Atlantic Records/Atco in New York City pressed and distributed several thousand copies of "Big Boy" with the Steeltown label and Atco record sleeve.

Record sleeve

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Atlantic Records/Atco in New York City pressed and distributed several thousand copies of "Big Boy" with the Steeltown label and Atco record sleeve.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum owns a copy of one of the original "Big Boy"/"You Changed" records (Steeltown #681), and this was on display there in 2010.

Johnny Jackson (musician)

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Keith kept seeing placards around Gary advertising performances by a young group called 'The Jackson Five Plus Johnny' (Johnny Jackson on drums who was not related to the five).