Steeltown Records' first test pressing of the Jackson 5 singles 'Big Boy' on Side 1, 'Some Girls Want Me for Their Lover' (also known as Michael the Lover), Side 2. Audiodisc brand label. Titles have been written in pen on either side. Recorded at Sunny Sawyer's Recording Studio in Chicago, IL.
Steeltown Records, in Gary, Indiana, is best known for being the label with which The Jackson 5 got their start. Their first album, "The Steeltown 45's", was released on this label. The story of their first signing went as such: Joe Jackson invited the owner of Steeltown to see the Jackson kids perform at Beckman Junior High in Gary. Hesitant at first, he eventually agreed - and he was hugely impressed by what he saw. After the performance, Steeltown offered the Jacksons a record deal. The Jackson 5 only ever recorded eight songs with the label, two of which were unreleased. In July of 1968, The Jackson 5 signed with Motown Records - a move that was controversial, as their contract with Steeltown had not yet expired. The record is 7'' in diameter.
In this single session, the Jackson 5 recorded 'You've Changed' , 'We Don't Have to Be Over 21', the probably best-known 'Big Boy', and 'Some Girls Want Me For Their Lover.' 'Big Boy' was regarded as the best single from the session and thus selected as the group's first single under Steeltown Records. This acetate was recorded at Sunny Sawyer's Recording Studio in Chicago. The post-production was done at Bud Pressner Recording Studio in Gary, IN. The master was sent to Summit pressing plant in Willow Springs, IL.
In his memoir, Michael Jackson fondly recalls Big Boy's "killer bass line." Written by saxophonist Eddie Silvers, of the band The Soul Merchants, this was The Jackson 5's first single with a professional record label. Through a distribution deal with Atlantic, the single was sold nationally. Prior to that, it had only been played regionally, in the Gary, Indiana/Chicago area. Though a hit in the local Midwestern area, 'Big Boy' never made the Billboard chart.
'Some Girls Want Me for Their Lover' was written by one of the founders of Steeltown Records, in fact the consigner of this item. In this song, the lyrics primarily consist of Michael Jackson repeating the title. This song was later re-released in 1970 in Dynamo, with the addition of overdubbed strings.
This item comes to us from the family of the founder of Steeltown Records.
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