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Pop Rewind: The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”

While it’s not a major milestone anniversary, 2012 marks 43 years since Diana Ross first introduced America to The Jackson 5, and this week in particular marks the anniversary of their national television debut on The Hollywood Palace, where the group sang their very first single “I Want You Back,” on October 18, 1969.

That first single has remained one of the signature songs of The Jackson 5 over the years, and while a lot has happened since that time (including disbanding, reuniting, Michael becoming a superstar, Michael dying, family infighting, etc.), this live performance of “I Want You Back” from the early 1970s reminds us of a simpler time for The Jacksons—although if you know the history, you know has never really been anything “simple” about this group, or this family.



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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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