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The Jackson 5

When the Supremes' Diana Ross introduced the world to five singing siblings from Gary, Ind., she lit the fuse on what would become one of America’s defining and most enduring musical families. Since 1969, we’ve known the Jackson 5 for a series of impeccable Read more…


Track Facts

Michael Jackson was only 11 years at the time "ABC" was recorded and released.
On April 25th 1970, 2 months after its release, "ABC" went to #1 on the Billboard charts de-throning the Beatles number 1 "Let It Be."
*Disclaimer: There is a fair amount of speculation regarding who played which instruments on "ABC." KORD has done its best to complete the credits for this song but makes no representations that it is completely accurate.

The general consensus however is that the great saxophonist / bassist Wilton Felder played the formidable bass part as he did on The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" as well as many other sessions as an electric bassist including Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On."

For contrast, check out Felder's saxophone work with the Jazz Crusaders throughout the 1960s, and especially his solo on the legendary 1979 track "Street Life" by the '70's version of the group known as The Crusaders.

It's also unknown who played the congas on the track. Perhaps it was Bobbye Hall which would have been a formidable pairing of female percussionists as the track also includes Sandra Crouch on the tambourine.

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