Young talent

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"Young Talent"

Written by Daz for MJJCommunity

#OnThisDay, I would like to highlight this #HIStoricEvent. August 13th 1967, Apollo theatre where a group of 'young talent' brothers won the first prize in an 'Amateur Night Showdown' at Harlem’s famous Apollo theater.

"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May
Well I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl) "

With this redention of the HIT song "My girl"
by the Temptations, The Jackson 5 won
"The Amateur Night Showdown"
at Harlem’s famous Apollo theater on August 13, 1967.
It was the first time they performed there after having toured
the “chitlin’ circuit” of strip bars and nightclubs around the mid-west.

The Apollo’s amateur night audience was known to performers as
the toughest audience around. Many performers had been discovered
here and it was an important night for the young group.
Their 'legend' began to take hold on the East Coast when the group won
the First prize bringing the house down.

Gladys Knight had seen their show at the Apollo that evening and told
Motown founder and owner Berry Gordy that
he had to check the group out. However, Gordy would not meet
The Jackson 5 until July 1968 when Bobby Taylor
(a member of the group The Vancouvers),
brought the boys to Hitsville in Detroit for an audition.

The oldest, Jackie, was a daring 16 year old while
the youngest, Michael, was still at the tender age of 9 when
the group showcased their young talent and
so paved the way to stardom
on that starry Sunday night way back in 1967.

"I don't need no money, fortune or fame.
I've got all the riches, baby, one man can claim.
Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl). "

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