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On this day in music history: August 24, 1963 - “Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius” by (Little) Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 1 week. Produced by Berry Gordy, Jr. it is recorded at the Royal Theater in Chicago, IL in June 1962. Following the failure of his first two studio albums, Motown founder Berry Gordy hits upon the idea of recording the young singers electrifying live performances. Performing as part of the legendary Motortown Revue in 1962, Wonder turns in a highly energetic set in front of an audience at the legendary Royal Theater in Chicago. When the album is released in May of 1963, it quickly attracts attention when radio DJ’s who begin playing the second half of the mostly instrumental track “Fingertips”. Bolstered by Stevie’s call and response with the audience as well as his virtuoso harmonica playing, both the single and album race up the charts. With the single “Fingertips Pt. 2” (hitting number one on August 10, 1963) also holding at number one on the Hot 100 for a third week, Wonder (thirteen years old and three months old at the time) becomes the youngest artist in Billboard chart history to hold down the top spots on the pop album and singles charts simultaneously.

Who's Lovin You
  • Who's Lovin You
  • The Jackson 5

Song: Who’s Lovin You / I Want You Back

Artist: The Jackson 5

Record Label: Motown Records M 1157

Recorded: August 6, 1969

Released: October 7, 1969

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles originally recorded this song in 1960. Nearly every major Motown group followed up with their own cover including The Supremes, The Temptations, and Brenda Holloway.

The Jackson 5’s version managed to hit No. 1 on pop and R&B music charts leading to their subsequent performance on the Ed Sullivan show.

Because of Michael Jackson’s emotional performance, it became one his most requested hits until his voice started to change in 1972.

In memory of his work, Shaheen Jafargholi performed this song at Michael Jackson’s memorial service in July 2009.

Listen to the flip side “I Want You Back” here.

Happy Birthday Diana Ross! (born March 26, 1944)

Portrait of singer Diana Ross. Fragment of newspaper clipping is attached to back of photograph. Handwritten on back: “Diana Ross." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

View of singer Marvin Gaye posing with the Vandellas. Printed on front: “Marvin Gaye with the Vandellas.” Handwritten on back: “Vandellas.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library