Sunday, June 20, 2010

Jackson 5 Press Kit from 1969

In August 1969 Motown issued a rather extensive press kit related to Diana Ross's introduction of the Jackson 5. At first, seeing the title printed on the front of the custom folder, I thought this was a press kit for the group's first LP, but that wasn't issued until December 18, and there's no mention of the LP or even the group's first single, and this material pre-dates the album release by four months. Also, their album was originally going to be called Introducing the Jackson 5. It looks like whoever gave the press kit its title, was unknowingly naming their first album, too.

Inside are all kinds of goodies, including a group biography; a press release about the recent event at the Daisy on August 16 and a promotion for their upcoming August 20 concert at the Forum; a copy of a telegram to Diana Ross from Gary's Mayor Richard Hatcher; and five 8 x 10 glossy photos.

I've had this for so long I can't remember where I got it from, other than it was long before eBay and I don't think I paid much for it. It remains one of my all-time favorite collectibles.