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"Got to Be There"
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Got to Be There
B-side "Maria (You Were The Only One)"
Released October 7, 1971 (1971-10-07)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1971
Genre Soul, soft rock, R&B
Length 3:22
Label Motown Records
Writer(s) Elliot Willensky
Producer Hal Davis
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Got to be There"
(1971)
"Rockin' Robin"
(1972)

"Got to Be There" is a 1971 single released by Michael Jackson on the Motown label. It was the singer's first solo single following his successful tenure as the lead singer of The Jackson 5. Jackson's solo career began in earnest after its success. The single, written by Elliot Willensky and produced by longtime Jackson 5 producer Hal Davis, was an immediate success. It reached #1 on the Cashbox singles chart, and #4 on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts.[1] It also dominated some European markets, including a #5 position in the UK Singles Chart.[2] With this first hit as a solo artist secured, Motown helped to establish Jackson as a solo act while still with his brothers.

"Got to Be There" was covered by Chaka Khan on her eponymous 1982 solo album. It was also covered by Boyz II Men for their 2007 album Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA, and by The Miracles on their albums Flying High Together , and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: 1957-1972. A mostly instrumental version of the song was recorded by jazz guitarist/singer George Benson for his 1993 release Love Remembers.

Track listing

  • A. "Got to Be There" - 3:22
  • B. "Maria (You Were The Only One)" - 3:41

Charts

Chart (1971) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4[1]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4[1]
UK Singles Chart 5[2]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 83
Turkey Top 20 Chart 1

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