Backed by the Motown machine and the prodigious talents of Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5 went to #1 on both the Hot 100 and R&B charts with their first four singles, starting with "I Want You Back
" in 1969. Two more uptempo songs came next: "ABC
" and "The Love You Save
," followed by "I'll Be There," their first hit ballad.
The group never landed another #1 on the Hot 100, but stayed on the charts throughout the '70s (they became "The Jacksons" in 1976). Michael Jackson had his first #1 as a solo artist with "Ben
" in 1972, then reached new heights with his albums Off The Wall
(1979) and Thriller