Michael Jackson before 1979!
1. "Maybe Tomorrow" (1971)
Michael possessed a vocal maturity above his years, and the maturity was at a level that would let him deliver almost any song with conviction. The song was written by someone more than twice his age about loss and longing, romantic and sexual obsession. Despite being a kid, MJ rocked the song with ease!
2. "Ben" (1972)
In the 1972 horror sequel, Ben, this song was sung for the rat! The title character finds a best friend in a rodent. But Michael ignored the context of the song and sung it from it heart as an ode from a lonely child desperately looking for a place to go.
3. "Get It Together" (1973)
Get It Together was the first album to feature Michael's noticeable growth spurt. Now aged 15 and with a slightly deeper singing voice, the overall sound of the group changed too. With Michael now in his full-fledged mood, it was also on this album that he first employed something that would later be known as his vocal hiccup.
4. "One Day In Your Life” (1975)
Michael Jackson recorded this song for his 1975 album, Forever, Michael. Later released in 1981 as a single off the compilation album One Day in Your Life, it generated a lot of commercial interest after the 1979 album Off the Wall. While a modest US hit, it was a bigger hit in the UK, where it became Jackson's first solo recording to hit No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.
5. "A Brand New Day" (1978)
This song was from the Broadway musical The Wiz in 1978. It was later featured in the 1978 film version, sung by cast members Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross (credited as The Wiz Stars). Due to the all-Black cast of The Wiz, the song was referred to the freedom and new possibilities, and certainly invoked the struggles and history of Blacks in America.
Watch Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall on Vh1 on 29th August till 9 PM.