ABC
The Jackson 5
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ABC
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Family Friendly
Information
Released 1970
Genre Pop-Rock
Language English
Length 3:08
Source Downloadable song
also in Unplugged
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Lego Rock Band
Difficulty
Band 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Basic Pro
Guitar 0UFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Bass 3Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png NoNo Part
Drums 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png 2Fcircle.pngFcircle.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.pngUFCirlce.png
Keys NoNo Part NoNo Part
Vocals redReddevil.pngReddevil.pngReddevil.pngReddevil.pngReddevil.png redReddevil.pngReddevil.pngReddevil.pngReddevil.pngReddevil.png
Details
Male singer
Drum Solo
3-part Harmonies



ABC is a song by The Jackson 5 which was written and produced by a group of Motown songwriters known as "The Corporation." They were: Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, Deke Richards, and Berry Gordy, Jr. Freddie Perren was a former school teacher, which probably influenced the school metaphors in the lyrics. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)

This became the Jackson 5's second #1 hit by knocking out the Beatles' "Let It Be."

According to co-writer Freddie Perren, the music of this is the chorus of their previous hit, "I Want You Back."

After the Jacksons were signed to Motown, they moved to Hollywood for a year of rehearsals. Some lived with Berry Gordy, some with Diana Ross. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 3)

In 1991, rap group Naughty by Nature had a hit song called "O.P.P." that sampled this.

This appears in the Eddie Murphy film Daddy Daycare. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)

During the song's break where all instruments drop out except drums, the ascending yell that is heard is sampled from the legendary New Orleans Funk band The Meters song "Cissy Strut." (thanks, Ele - Takoma Park, MD)

This song was used in a large dance sequence in the Kevin Smith film Clerks II. A major plot point happens near the end of it. (thanks, Tim - Jacksonville, FL)

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ABC by The Jackson 5 - Full Band FC 1209

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