The Jackson Five
hen "The Love You Save" moved into the number one position on Billboard's Hot 100 on June 27, 1970, the Jackson Five became the first artists of the rock era to have their first three chart releases reach number one.
"He would never come to a tracking session," says Perren. "He would usually come after. We hadn't finished it yet. He stayed 15 minutes and half-way through said, 'you guys got it. I'm not worried anymore.' And he walked out."
Like its two predecessors, "The Love You Save" listed its writing and production credits as "The Corporation," a name as anonymous as "The Clan," which was used on the Diana Ross and the Supremes hit "Love Child." Perren, Mizell and Richards had planned to release their own albums as the Corporation. Looking back on those early days with Motown, Perren speculates that the company may have preferred the anonymity of "The Corporation" over singling out any individual writer or producer; the pain of the Holland-Dozier-Holland split was still being felt.
Producing the Jackson Five's first three singles was not Perren's first association with the group. He was playing piano for Jerry Butler at the Regal Theater in Chicago when the brothers were the opening act. It was near the end of June, 1968, and the group was having regiional success with a pre-Motown single, "I'm a Big Boy Now."
"Michael was tiny," Perren remembers. "I felt so sorry for him, because it was a nightclub. I said this little kid's gonna go out ond they're gonna murder him. Michael went out there and brought the house down. I wish we had gone on first."
- Fred Bronson, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988.
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