- Dancing Machine
"Dancing Machine" Single by The Jackson 5 from the album G.I.T.: Get It Together and Dancing Machine Released February 3, 1974 Format 7" single Recorded April - May 1973
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
Genre Funk, disco Length 3:30 (album version)
2:43 (single version)
4:25 (alternate version)
Writer(s) Hal Davis
Producer Hal Davis The Jackson 5 singles chronology "Get It Together"
"Whatever You Got I Want"
"Dancing Machine" is a 1973 song recorded by The Jackson 5, released as a single in 1974. The group's first US Top Ten hit since 1971's "Sugar Daddy", "Dancing Machine" reached number two on the Billboard pop music charts in May 1974, and number one on the R&B charts. It bought The Jackson 5 their second Grammy Award nomination in 1975 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, losing to Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good".
The song, which sold over three million copies, popularized the physically complicated Robot dance technique, devised by Charles Washington in the late 1960s. Michael Jackson first performed the dance on television while singing "Dancing Machine" with the Jackson 5 on an episode of Soul Train.
"Dancing Machine", originally recorded for the group's 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It Together, was also the title track of their 1974 album Dancing Machine released in 1974 as a remix for a response to the success of the single.
- "Dancing Machine" was covered by Suburban Legends on their Japan-only EP, Dance Like Nobody's Watching: Tokyo Nights.
The song was most notably sampled by MC Hammer on his 1990 album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em (for the song "Dancin' Machine"), again in 1990 by Vanilla Ice on the album To The Extreme, later on by Too $hort (featuring Bun B) on the song "Shout It Out", and more recently in 2008 by Q-tip on the album The Renaissance ("Move") and Yung Wun for his song "Tear It Up" on his album The Dirtiest Thirstiest (in which the sample was uncredited).
- An alternate longer version (4:25) appears on the "Jackson 5 - I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters" released in 2009.
- Lead vocals by Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson
- Background vocals by Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson.
- Instrumentation by assorted Los Angeles musicians including James Gadson and Charles Wright
"The Payback (Part 1)" by James Brown
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
May 11, 1974
"I'm in Love" by Aretha Franklin
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Live albums CompilationsGreatest Hits · Anthology · Joyful Jukebox Music · Boogie · The Jacksons: An American Dream · Soulsation! · Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection · The Best of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5ive – The Motown Years · The Essential Jacksons · The Very Best of The Jacksons · I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters · J is for Jackson 5 Other albums Concert tours Television Specials Related articles The Jackson 5/The Jacksons singles Singles on Steeltown Records"Big Boy" · "We Don't Have to Be Over 21 (To Fall in Love)" Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 ABC Third Album Jackson 5 Christmas Album Maybe Tomorrow Greatest Hits"Sugar Daddy" Lookin' Through the Windows Skywriter"Corner of the Sky" · "Hallelujah Day" · "Skywriter" G.I.T.: Get It Together"Get It Together" · "Dancing Machine" Dancing Machine"Dancing Machine" · "The Life of the Party" · "I Am Love" · "Whatever You Got, I Want" Moving Violation The Jacksons Goin' Places"Goin' Places" · "Even Though You're Gone" · "Different Kind of Lady" · "Music's Taking Over" · "Find Me a Girl" Destiny Triumph The Jacksons Live!"Things I Do for You" (live) Victory"State of Shock" · "Torture" · "Body" 2300 Jackson Street"Nothin' (That Compares 2 U)" · "2300 Jackson Street" · "Art of Madness" Notable collaborations and album tracks This 1970s R&B/soul music song-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.