||Little Christmas Tree
||I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
||Someday At Christmas
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Remember The Christmas Time
Factfile - Michael Jackson
- Michael Jackson was aged five when he performed at a Christmas recital
- In 1973 15 year old Michael Jackson recorded a follow up to his hit Ben: Little Christmas Tree.
- Little Christmas Tree would appear on the 1973 Motown Records compilation A Motown Christmas, which also featured songs from the classic 1970 album Jackson 5 Christmas Album on which Jackson was lead vocalist (just 12 years old at the time).
- Michael Jackson was a member of the original Band Aid ensemble in 1984.
Before he became the King of Pop Michael Jackson was the singer and diminutive frontman of his family group the Jackson 5. He had the voice and the groove that marked him out as the Jackson family member most likely to become a phenomenon. And so it proved with his solo record ‘Thriller’ remaining the biggest selling album of all time. From our perspective however there was very little in Michael’s solo career that could be construed as festive. For the only Christmas song he recorded on his own you have to go back to 1973 when the then 15 year old contributed ‘Little Christmas Tree’ to the compilation ‘A Motown Christmas’. ‘Little Christmas Tree’ which was written by George Clinton and Artie Wayne and it came in the aftermath of Jackson’s breakthrough solo hit ‘Ben’. And for the most part it retained that song’s sombre tone, as well as highlighting what a virtuoso performer Jackson had become.
‘Little Christmas Tree’ was such a treat that it found its way onto later editions of the ‘Jackson 5 Christmas Album’ which had been originally released in 1970. Together with his 4 siblings Michael Jackson gave us one of the great Motown Christmas albums and as lead vocalist much of its appeal was down to him. Being a kid himself at the time (he was 12) Jackson threw himself into the role with effortless glee so his performances on tracks like ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’, ‘Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ meant that the Jackson 5’s renditions have become the preferred choice of many. The Motown groove is also apparent with the result that the bulk of the tracks on this album are perfect party material.
Read about the story behind Little Christmas Tree.
Michael Jackson Christmas Album & Single Covers