Michael Jackson‘s mother Katherine Jackson has admitted that she didn’t like the Jackson 5‘s 1969 US Number One when she first heard it.
Jackson was speaking in the documentary Michael Jackson : The Life Of An Icon which was produced by long term friend David Gest, a clip of which can be seen above.
She said: “I didn’t like it at all, the song that the children sang were more like soul music and to me ‘I Want You Back’ didn’t sound that way all.
“The songs that were out at the time didn’t sound like that. I guess (Motown head and co-writer) Berry Gordy wanted it to sound different.”
The documentary will be released on DVD on October 31.
According to TMZ, the show – which is set to take place in Tokyo, Japan this December – will be headlined by various members of the singer’s family, although it is currently unknown which of his other siblings will take part in the performance.
While Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson all performed at a special tribute concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff earlier this month (October 8), the late singer’s brothers Randy and Jermaine criticised the show for clashing with the trial of Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray.
“While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honours our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael’s death,” they said in a statement.
“As everyone knows, those proceedings commence September 20th, and this Michael Forever concert takes place in Cardiff, Wales, on 8 October. In light of this, we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter, Global Live.”